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San Diego Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding Patio Doors Open up Your Home to the Ocean Breeze

San Diego has one of the most desirable climates in the United States. An abundance of sunny days, warm temps, and ocean air give “America’s Finest City” some of the best weather in the country.

A sliding glass door can connect your home to that beautiful weather year-round, drawing in light on all those sunny days and catching a breeze off the Pacific Ocean. This type of patio door opens up your home to your outdoor entertaining area. One of the two large glass panels glides along a track within the door frame, leaving extra space for decor and more room to move.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Sliding Screen Doors Sliding Screen1 Doors

    Mosquitoes are a growing problem in San Diego, especially in the coastal communities in North County. Warm weather and high tides create breeding grounds for these pests. Homeowners on the coast and even inland are adding sliding screens to their patio doors. Sliding screen doors help keep the insects out so you can enjoy the weather and coastal air. Self-closing screen doors close with just a light touch, which can be great for family foot traffic and entertaining guests indoors and out.

  • Modern and Contemporary Sliding Door Modern and Contemporary Style

    San Diego is home to an eclectic mix of home styles. But modern, mid-century modern, and contemporary houses are the most common. Sliding glass doors with sleek lines and thin, minimalist designs match the modern style homes. They can also add a contemporary touch for homeowners looking to upgrade more traditional homes like the picturesque Victorians found in Heritage Park.

  • multiple panels sliding glass doors Sliding Pocket Door

    In La Jolla and other oceanside neighborhoods, homeowners are upgrading from traditional sliding doors to pocket doors and bringing the beach into their home. Pocket patio doors are sliding glass doors with multiple panels that open up and tuck into pockets to create wider entryways. Depending on your wall space, you can have anything from a double sliding patio door to pocket doors with up to 10 panels.

  • Built-In-Blinds Sliding Glass Doors and shutters Blinds and Shutters 

    While there are many window coverings for sliding glass doors, San Diegans prefer shutters and blinds to decorate their patio entrances and provide privacy. Plantation shutters glide along an overhung track, functioning much like a sliding door. Vertical blinds can be opened to provide some light or pushed out of the way to reveal your sliding patio door. Built-in blinds are great for pets and kids. The blinds and cords stay out of the way and, when opened, block only a small portion of your sliding doors.

1Warning: Use caution when children or pets are around open windows and doors. Screens are not designed to retain children or pets.

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Recommended Customizations2

In Southern California, design trends are as eclectic as the architectural styles. Homeowners are incorporating a mix of metals — brass, matte black, gold, silver, polished chrome, bronze, and polished nickel — in their hardware and fixtures for more complex, interesting designs. A variety of grille profiles can complement the contemporary design trends or throw back to some of the more traditional architecture.


  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection

Grilles and Screens

  • Victorian Grille Pattern
  • 6-Lite Grille Pattern
  • 12-Lite Grille Pattern
  • 14-Lite Grille Pattern
  • Prairie Grille Pattern
  • Self-Closing Sliding Patio Door Screen
  • InView™ Screen
  • Rolscreen® Retractable Screen
  • Conventional Fiberglass Screen

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

San Diego Climate Recommendations

San Diego’s year-round beautiful weather is classified as a Mediterranean climate, which is common in coastal cities. Summers are dry, warm, and sunny. Energy efficient glass is recommended to protect against these conditions. Winters are wetter and cooler, but precipitation and temperature don’t vary as much as in other locations. Materials and finishes that can hold up to the salty air and dry Santa Ana winds can help preserve the appearance and performance of your sliding glass door.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

When nearly every day is warm and sunny, Low-E insulating glass can help keep your home more comfortable and your energy costs down. SunDefense™ Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon can block 94 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays.

durable materials

Durable Materials

In coastal climates close to water, patio doors are vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. The closer your home is to the water, the more susceptible you are to the effects. Fiberglass and wood with exterior aluminum cladding can help resist wear from the sun and the ocean air.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Prepare wooden patio doors for the humid coastal winds, salty ocean air, and abundant sunshine. EnduraClad® and EnduraClad® Plus exterior finishes help resist fading and look 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.

We Come to You

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 San Diego 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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