Sometimes the key to opening up your living space is replacing an ordinary entry door with beautiful sliding glass. The sheer amount of natural light sliding glass doors offer — plus the visual illusion of more space — can truly transform a room.
Here are some important things to keep in mind as you’re making your decision:
Make a StatementDon’t pass up the chance for a little drama! You might be thinking about simply replacing one door with another, but the truth is that you can go big with sliding glass, creating a wide bank of floor-to-ceiling windows and opening up a view you may not even have imagined. We offer combinations of two-, three-, and four-section glass panels that can create a pretty amazing effect.
Customize Your LookChoosing from flat or raised grid patterns for the glass and different hardware finishes (e.g., brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze) allows you to create a more personalized look that complements your existing. And your options for window treatments are practically endless, from barely-there sheers suspended on thin rods to custom-made blinds to wall-mounted fabric panels that mimic traditional curtains but don’t actually cover the doors, preserving your beautiful new view.
Make Energy Efficiency Your PriorityThere’s a flip side to letting in lots of natural light: big windows can present issues with heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. That’s why you should never choose sliding glass doors that aren’t ENERGY STAR® certified. We make all of our sliding glass doors at our manufacturing facility in Liverpool, and we make them with the climate of New York state in mind — so they always meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards and keep your space consistently comfortable.
We also offer the option of foam-insulated frames that reduce noise substantially and make the doors even cozier, and you can choose from low-E dual-paned or ultra-efficient triple-paned glass. And there’s another benefit to energy-efficient glass beyond your utility bill: glass designed to keep out the sun will also protect your furnishings from damaging UV rays.
Try New Models Before You DecideToday’s sliding glass options are easy to use and extremely secure. If you grew up in an old house with a cranky set of patio doors (did you ever struggle to slide the doors in their tracks, or put up with drafts all winter, or use an old broom handle to keep the doors shut?), you might be reluctant to go that route again. But today’s sliding glass doors are smooth as silk to operate thanks to some nifty engineering and high-quality craftsmanship. Plus they’re exceptionally tough for thieves to break into. (Ours come with an optional foot-operated lock and can be made with Quadshield Glass<link>.)
Our sliding glass options are on display in all of our showroom locations — come visit us anytime or contact us for a free estimate. to see just how beautiful and functional sliding glass can be. We’d love to show you what’s possible!
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