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Northern Indiana Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding Patio Doors Provide More Space and Sunlight

Northern Indiana has seen its share of growth in recent years. Fort Wayne had the state’s second largest population gain, while South Bend continues to make news for its economic development. Granger, outside of South Bend, and Fort Wayne suburbs like Auburn are expanding rapidly. There’s a growing mix of modern, new construction to add to the historic homes Indiana is known for.

Sliding glass doors fit homes new and old. They are a popular addition to homes of all types because they draw in sunshine, connect indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, and offer ease-of-use — all while saving square footage in your home and on your back deck.

Commonly known as: sliding patio door, sliding door, exterior sliding door, gliding door, sliding deck door, gliding patio door

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • craftsman sliding door screen Craftsman Style Northern Indiana has a wide range of architectural styles dating back to the Victorians, Italianates, and Gothic Revivals built in the 1800s. But Craftsman homes dot most of the landscape — specifically Craftsman-style bungalows. Bungalows have open floor plans that emphasize an economical use of space, which makes sliding patio doors a good fit. Craftsman homes have simple, elegant designs which pair well with more traditional sliding door styles and features.
  • Black Sliding Glass Doors Black Sliding Glass Doors

    Black window and door frames are a hot national trend, and northern Indiana is no exception. Many homeowners are updating their homes with modern, black windows and patio doors. The color seen in most older homes in Elkhart, Fort Wayne, and Greater South Bend is a natural golden oak. Black sliding glass doors bring an updated, more elegant look to these houses for homeowners looking to freshen up a dated design.

  • Modern Sliding doors and decor Modern Style and Decor

    Black frames and contemporary Craftsman style are part of the move towards more modern homes. Modern design is about sleek style and clean sightlines. Sliding patio doors with thinner frames and simple, smooth edges bring an updated look to traditional homes and older Craftsman houses. Modern sliding door styles are available in wood, vinyl, and fiberglass, with options for every budget.

  • Sliding Patio Doors with Blinds Sliding Door Blinds and Curtains

    The large glass panels on sliding patio doors bring in plenty of light but can leave little room for privacy. Blinds are the most common choice of window covering in northern Indiana. Vertical blinds are popular because you can push them to the side for a clear opening or keep them closed and adjust the blinds to bring in a little light. Between-the-glass blinds work like traditional window blinds, except they’re between two panes of glass and don’t get in the way like vertical blinds. Curtains are always popular for homeowners who want to complement their interior decor.

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Recommended Customizations*

For a touch of modern style, select sleek, minimalist sliding door hardware. Chrome and nickel pop out on black frames. Matte black handles do the same on natural wood stains and lighter paints. Square grille profiles add an extra touch of style and match original Craftsman and bungalow architecture.


  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection

Grilles and Screens

  • Prairie Grille Pattern
  • Top Row Grille Pattern
  • 14-Lite Grille Pattern

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Northern Indiana Climate Recommendations

Indiana winters are cold and bitter, with plenty of lake-effect snow coming off Lake Michigan. The cooling effect of the lake also impacts spring. But in the summer, the lake effects wear off and high heat and humidity creep in. With all this weather variation, durable materials with additional protection are important.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Advanced Low-E insulating glass. The added insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the hot, humid summer.

Durable Materials

Vinyl Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding doors must be able to stand up to bitter cold and lake-effect snow and keep the elements from impacting your comfort. Vinyl is a low-maintenance and energy-efficient material suited for Indiana’s climate.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Storm doors help protect fiberglass and steel entry door frames from cold winters, humid summers, and heavy precipitation. Preserve the look of your front door with a storm door to keep your main entrance looking great for years.

Why Choose Pella?

Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

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An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows & Doors of Northern Indiana expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home - and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Sliding Glass Door Projects in Northern Indiana

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