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Why Sometimes the Best Minneapolis Replacement Window Is Actually a Door

As a licensed Minneapolis area replacement window and exterior door contractor, we work hard to find the very best window solutions for our customers.  That usually means offering several different brands or styles, because we know people like to have choices.  But one option we sometimes suggest for those looking to replace their windows is a door – a patio door to be exact.

Marvin’s Signature Ultimate Sliding Doors

Why A Patio Door Makes a Great Window Solution

One trend we’ve seen come in huge and hang on is home design that allows homeowners to facilitate outdoor living, as well as ways to bring the outdoors inside. A patio door is the perfect way to do both.  Other benefits of replacing a large window with a patio door include:

  • Expanded ventilation
  • Maximizing natural light, since you’ve got basically a floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass
  • Additional access to your outdoor spaces

We’re seeing sliding and French patio doors showing up in just about every room in the house, including bathrooms.  If you’ve got a large wall and a great view as well as adjacent outdoor space, you might want to consider doors instead of windows.

Show in the photo above is a dining room with Marvin’s multi-panel sliding patio doors combined with floor-to-ceiling windows.  The doors open to a covered transitional space between indoors and outdoors.  Look at all the light!

Weather Shield Next Gen patio door

If your personal taste runs more to black, check out this multi-panel sliding door from Weather Shield. (Photos show this door from both the outside looking in as well as from the interior looking out.) This award-winning design allows you to bring your outdoor living right inside.

If the idea of replacing some of your windows with sliding patio doors appeals to you, we’d be happy to set up a free in-home consultation or private appointment at our Savage showroom.  Just reach out to us and let us know what you’d prefer. We serve the greater Minneapolis metro area, including surrounding communities such as Rosemount and Prior Lake.




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.