Sliding glass doors, when done well are convenient and easy to use. Modern manufacturing techniques have lowered costs, making them widely available today. They’re perfect for areas with limited floor space. Sliding glass doors can be designed for either left or right handed access. Doors are available in vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and wood.
- Consider your space. Which room are you opening out to? Measure the space, both inside and outside. If you’re replacing doors, it’s an opportunity to change the size of the entrance and expand to the entire length of the wall. Bring the views of nature, up close and personal. Indoor/Outdoor living is an enjoyable trend.
- Will the door need to provide insulation? Curtains and blinds obstruct the view, choose a glass technology that provides insulation. There are tinted glass options if you need to avoid direct sunlight. There’s glass called Low-E glass that can save energy.
- Choose the material the works the best for you. Aluminum is not a good insulator and wood is susceptible to moisture. Maintenance is required on wood doors with light sanding. Vinyl, Fiberglass and Aluminum doors simply need to be washed with warm soapy water.
Remember to check your warranty. Sliding glass doors are an investment and are expected to last. Be sure your warranty covers material and workmanship.
We often get asked, French Door or Sliding glass door? There are many advantages to both but a sliding glass door is going to provide a much more energy efficient seal. Also, French doors have a tenancy to sag or move out of place over time where as sliding glass doors don’t rely on hinges to keep them aligned making them much more dependable over time.
Whether you’re considering new construction, or upgrading the look and feel of your current home, consider quality and service with Milgard’s options. Got Questions? Give Best Windows and Doors a call at 909-878-0707.