Sliding-doors: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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Sliding doors

While there are a plenty of different door types on the Philippine market, many homeowners are drawn to the sleek and attractive look of sliding doors. Sliding doors work by moving from side to side on wheels along a straight track. They can be functional and practical as well as appealing, but they may not always be the best choice. Use this simple guide to learn more about the pros and cons of sliding doors, the best areas of your home to use these doors, average costs and safety measures that every homeowner should keep in mind. .

1. The benefits of sliding doors are endless

Sliding glass doors can be a beautiful home addition for you and your family. There are many benefits to installing these aesthetically pleasing doors in the home. From maximizing lighting to increasing airflow, including sliding doors in your home is truly a smart move because of their many designs and functional advantages.

Sliding doors can be efficient insulators, ensuring that your home stays cool despite the blazing heat in the Philippines. Doors that are fitted with composite gaskets offer optimal thermal insulation – effectively acting as a weather and sound barrier, and keep dust, drafts and rain out of the home.

Patio doors make it easy to bring the outdoors inside by creating a seamless flow between your home’s outdoor and indoor spaces. Since patio doors have large glass panes, they offer all-year-round views of your garden landscape and panoramic views beyond.

In the past, sliding doors earned a reputation for being dangerous because they weren’t always installed using safety glass. Today, however, this has all changed. Homeowners can now get sliding doors with shatterproof safety glass.

Sliding glass doors are convenient since they operate without a hinge. They simply glide along a track instead of swinging open. This means that no extra space is required for the door arc because they simply open up by one door sliding over another panel. This also offers easy access to the outdoor areas such as the patio, which is especially useful during the hot summer months.

Furthermore, these doors have extra large panes of glass that run from the top to the bottom of each door panel. This design maximizes any natural light, ensuring that you can enjoy floodlit interiors throughout the day.

2. Consider the drawbacks of sliding doors

Unfortunately, even the most attractive and upscale sliding doors do have some drawbacks. Among them are that sliding doors can slip off the track and require realignment, and glass panes in sliding doors may not be durable. Lots of natural sunlight might translate to greater passive solar gain; and glass may need more cleaning and regular maintenance. Sliding doors are more expensive than many traditional doors like steel or wooden doors, and installation may take longer and be more challenging.

3. Ideas on where to place your sliding door

Sliding doors are very versatile, and they can be used as both exterior and interior doors within the home. The most popular way to use sliding doors and glass sliding doors in particular, is as a door between an indoor living space and an outdoor patio. When the door is fully open, it creates a large indoor and outdoor dual space that brings together the best of both worlds.

Another common use for these doors is in built-in closets. The lack of hinges allows homeowners to have more space to utilize as the closet rather than wasting it on a traditional hinged door that swings open and closed.

4. How much does a sliding door usually cost?

A basic sliding glass door by itself costs around P15,000. This is the classic door that most people think of, which is a 6-foot pair of plain glass panels that sit inside of a clean, simple frame. An 8-foot door usually runs from P35,000-P50,000.

Some doors are available pre-hung. This is an entire unit that basically only needs a hole in the wall to be put into. These tend to cost P50,000-P200,000 or more depending on features such as screens, blinds, triple-pane glass, or a grid that imitates French doors.

Impact-resistant glass is designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. However, this added bit of security can double the cost of the doors.

5. A secured door is a vital component to your home

Keeping your home safe means making sure that every entry point has the proper mechanisms to deter criminals. From front doors to back doors and windows, security is of big essence to protect your home. While deadbolts are great for steel-coated front doors and locks are easily installed on windows, sliding doors can be more difficult to secure.

Most sliding doors will have a lock on one side, typically in the handle; this small latch lock holds the door to the frame. Before addressing any other door issues, make sure this lock works by closing the door, locking it and then trying to pull it open. If the door moves, the latch isn't catching the door properly or is coming loose from the frame. Repair or replace as necessary. Consider hiring a professional door installer or contractor to make sure the frame is level and secure.

Install a slide-locking bar. The slide-locking bar is a thick wood dowel or metal bar, cut to fit in the bottom track of your door. When locking up your home for the night or going out, simply fit the dowel or metal bar into the track. This keeps the door from being opened, even if the latching lock is damaged or removed.

If you have an in-home alarm system, make sure it's wired to a contact on your sliding glass door. This is easily done at the time of installation by alarm technicians and means that if your door is opened after you've set the alarm, a warning will sound. You can also install glass-break sensors on your door or the wall nearby in case a thief tries to smash the glass instead of opening the door.