Adding sliding glass doors to your new home or as part of a remodel is a great way to maximize space and add beauty to any style of home. But here are a few other benefits of installing sliding glass doors:
More natural light
Sliding glass doors allow more sunlight to enter your home than a traditional door. They have large panes of glass that run almost the entire length and width of the door opening, which is wider than that of a standard door. Exposure to natural light can help battle depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Natural light also helps boost energy levels and regulate your circadian rhythms so you can sleep better.
Sliding glass doors have two panels that slide next to each other on a track. Since they don’t swing open into the room like traditional hinged doors, they don’t need as much clearance around them. This makes sliding glass doors great for small or cramped spaces.
The clean, simple lines of sliding glass doors complement any décor. And unlike traditional hinged doors, there’s virtually no visual separation from the outdoors. So, you’re free to enjoy nature or keep an eye on kids and pets in the backyard, all from the comfort of your home.
Federal law and building codes require glass doors to be made with safety glass, to prevent dangerous shattered glass. Safety glass can either be tempered, which is heat treated and crumbles into pieces with rounded edges if broken, or laminated, which contains a vinyl layer that prevents the glass from breaking.
Laminated glass sliding doors also offer added protection from would-be thieves. Sliding glass doors can also be equipped with a bar lock, a lock in the track, or a sliding bolt that goes into the door frame for even more security.
Choosing sliding glass doors equipped with composite gaskets will provide thermal insulation, which keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also block noise from outside, dust, dirt, rain and drafts. In addition, energy-efficient glazing on the glass can prevent up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays from entering your home. Glazing can also prevent energy loss through the glass and prevent condensation and frost from forming. Sliding glass doors also let in heat and light from the sun, so you can save money on heating and lighting costs.
Today’s sliding glass doors are made from durable materials that resist corrosion, rot, peeling and flaking. The aluminum tracks allows the doors to open and close smoothly, with very little effort.
If you’re a homeowner in the Kansas City area, contact Precision Windows and Doors at 816-524-8999 to find out more about how our sliding glass doors could add beauty and value to your home.