The process of manufacturing large sheets of glass was perfected about 100 years ago, and ever since, home designers have used glass panels to bring the outside in. Whether plate glass front windows, French doors, or sliding patio doors, big expanses of glass flood rooms with light and let you witness the beauty of the outdoors from inside your home.
And now, you have a new option. The innovative Wincore® bypass sliding door dramatically widens your view and gives you wide-open access when you step through the door to the outside.
What Is a Bypass Sliding Patio Door?
The traditional patio door has a stationary panel of glass and one or two sliding panels. A bypass sliding patio door is different: it has 3 panels that slide on separate tracks, so you can position each panel anywhere along the entire length of the door frame. Overlap the sliding door panels however you want.
With a bypass sliding door, you can dramatically widen your patio door opening for increased air ventilation and a wider opening to step through. You can even create 2 separate patio openings by moving both side panels inward to overlap the middle panel. Flexibility is the key feature of a bypass sliding patio door.
What Type Glass Is Used in a Bypass Sliding Door?
The glass used in a bypass sliding patio door helps you stay comfortable and saves on energy bills.
Wincore doors feature low emissivity (low-e) dual-pane glass filled with argon gas. Low-e glass has a thin coating on the outer pane to prevent the glass from radiating heat; the coating keeps heated air inside during winter and cool air inside during summer. Filling the space between the panes with argon gas reduced heat transfer through the glass door.
Wincore’s 8800 model bypass sliding patio doors use impact-resistant laminated glass. Similar to the glass used in a car windshield, impact-resistant glass has a plastic interlayer between each pane that strengthens the glass and keeps it from shattering if broken. This design strengthens the glass and prevents flying debris if glass panels break during a storm or hurricane.
Wincore impact-resistant glass meets building code requirements for high-impact glass in coastal areas where hurricanes occur.
What Bypass Door Sizes Are Available?
Three-panel bypass doors are available in 72½-inch and 92½-inch heights, with these standard widths:
- 86 inch,
- 104 inch
- 139-7/8 inch
Custom sizes are available. Talk with your Sears Home Services consultant to custom order the size you need.
What Special Options Are Available with Bypass Sliding Doors?
Retractable screens are available for select configurations of bypass sliding doors. Retractable screens extend from a side pocket and connect directly to the panel to provide a finished look. Because the screen retracts, it provides an unobstructed view through the door when the door is shut.
Internal blinds lock heat and control light, as well as increasing privacy and security. Internal blinds are easy to raise and lower, and because they’re between the panes of glass, they don’t need dusting and are safe for pets and children.
Tinted glass options include bronze, grey and obscure.
Woodgrain grids can be added to your bypass sliding door. The grids add style and make the door more visible, so people are less likely to think it’s open when it’s closed.
Door handles are available in various styles, color and finishes, so you can choose the one that works best for you.
Where Can I Buy a Bypass Sliding Patio Door?
Sears Home Services now offers Wincore bypass sliding door. Arrange for a free consultation to learn more.