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Minneapolis Homeowners Will Love These New Weather Shield Hinged Patio Doors!

Vue Hinged Patio Door – photo courtesy of Weather Shield

You may have noticed several articles on our blog lately about patio doors.  There’s a really good reason – it’s finally looking like spring here in Minneapolis, and as THE exterior door company for the area, we’re gearing up for patio door installation projects.  A patio door is the best way to open up your home to more outdoor living as the weather gets nicer.  They also let in plenty of light.  But let’s face it – the standard vinyl sliding patio door is less than attractive.

The Cons of Sliding Patio Doors

Once the standard in the door industry, in recent years the sliding patio door is being replaced by other options such as bi-fold doors and French doors.  The three door companies we work with – Marvin, ProVia, and Weather Shield – all have introduced alternatives that address some of the drawbacks of patio sliders:

  • Sliding patio doors can be difficult to clean.  That track accumulates dust and dirt, and not only does the debris make the door difficult to operate, it’s hard to get that track completely clean. And forget about cleaning the exterior in the winter!
  • They are less secure than other exterior doors.  Security is an issue with patio sliders. The locking mechanisms on most of them are fairly easy to breach.  that’s why you’ll see homeowners putting things like broom handles and shower rods in the track.  But what a hassle!
  • Sliding patio doors are less energy efficient than some other options. 

Enter Weather Shield.  This company – already a leading innovator in the door and window industry – recently introduced their Vue Collection of hinged patio doors.  This company caught the attention of the building and remodeling world several years ago when they introduced their revolutionary NextGen sliding patio door – incorporating improvements on the standard patio door.  This door was named one of Architectural Record’s Best Products of 2019, and we wouldn’t be surprised if their new Vue doors get the same accolades.

The Vue Collection already includes stunning windows, as you can see from the photo above.  Like the windows, these patio doors have a sleek, modern appearance.  The clean lines of the doors pair well with the windows for an ultra-modern look we think many homeowners in our Minneapolis area will love.  Plus they come with so many different options, including more finishes than just about any door line, that you’re sure to find just the perfect hinged patio doors for you and your home.  We’re pleased to be an Authorized Weather Shield Dealer, so you know you’ll get the best in installation as well.

Watch our blog for upcoming articles on this exciting new line of patio doors – we’ll be detailing just a few of the ways you can customize these doors. 


Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.