Sliding patio doors are slick, stylish and quickly becoming a popular alternative to bi-folding doors. The effortless design and large glass panels of the doors are contemporary and the perfect addition to your home.
We’ve written this guide specially to make the process of choosing, buying and installing your sliding doors easier for you.
Will sliding doors add value to my home?
Sliding doors are a fairly big investment, so you’re going to want to know exactly how they are going to affect the value of your house. The stunning design of the doors will do more than just make your neighbours green with envy. These are some of the guaranteed benefits:
- The large glass panels will create the illusion of bringing the outdoors in.
- The amount of natural light which enters your home will significantly increase; adding value to your daily life, not just your home.
- You’ll save precious kitchen or lounge space. The design of the doors means they don’t swing in or out. Instead, they simply glide back and forth on runners.
- Want to save on electricity? The contemporary design of the doors means that they are energy efficient, saving you money on your utility bills. The improved thermal insulation and multi-pane glass means that your home keeps warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- Improved door technology now means that you can have up to three tracks.
If these all sound like benefits which you’d like to enjoy for yourself, then read on.
Deciding on the material and frame colour
Aluminium is lightweight, low maintenance and the ideal material for your stylish sliding doors. The frames give a minimalistic and contemporary appearance, perfect if you want to simply modernise your home.
If you already have a preferred colour scheme in mind, you’ll be happy to hear that you can choose any of the 180+ RAL colours. They’ll fit right in.
Choose your threshold
Thresholds work to keep debris from entering your home at the bottom of your door. Thresholds are important part of any sliding patio door, and there are two general types to choose from.
Low threshold – makes it easy to open your home to the outdoors. A low threshold is ideal if you need easy access for wheelchair users or children. While they create the perfect illusion of bringing the outside in, these are not as weather resistant. You will need to consider whether the area is sheltered enough for this type of threshold.
Standard threshold – designed to withstand rain and draughts a lot better. This type of threshold is not completely flat, but the lip can still be installed very low. If there isn’t much surrounding shelter this may be the choice for you.
It may be worth asking the opinion of an architect, or let our team survey your property,. This may be the best way to ascertain which type of threshold would best suit your home.
The maintenance of sliding doors
With a hundred other things going on in our lives, we don’t want to add another regular chore to the list. Luckily, sliding doors require a relatively low amount of upkeep. Aluminium is one of the most durable materials for sliding doors. The frame should withstand the British weather conditions for a long period of time. A few things you will need to do include:
- Regularly cleaning the glass panels – leaving them sparkling
- Lubricating the runners occasionally to allow for the smoothest slide of the doors
- Cleaning the frame with a little detergent
- Vacuuming the tracks
For more useful tips, check out our guide to cleaning bi-fold doors. The maintenance involved is very similar.
Worried about the safety and security?
The safety of sliding doors has probably crossed your mind due to the sheer quantity of glass provided by the doors. The new design of sliding doors mean that the most sliding doors can be installed with effectively shatter-proof glass.
There are a few things which you can implement in order to make your sliding doors as secure as possible:
- Use aluminium seals which have a spring loading, so that when the door is closed a lever is compressed, causing a rubber seal to be forced downwards on to the door jamb.
- Install a hook-over locking mechanism to ensure the sliding leaf can’t be lifted from its frame.
- Buy stylish blinds or drapes to keep your valuables out of sight of burglars.
- Considering choosing built-in multipoint locks.
There is no reason why your home should be any less secure with sliding doors.
The installation process
Convinced yet? If so, here’s the next step. Ideally, you should order your doors while the opening is being built. We can then guarantee that the doors are installed on the day you need them. Once you’ve finalised your design, we’ll survey the site, supply the patio sliding doors and install them.