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
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
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
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
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.