Sliding Doors

Sliding patio doors are one of the main causes of energy loss because they are primarily made of glass (roughly 90%). Plus, majority of older doors installed in the 60’, 70’ and even 80’ are due for replacement because they have some mechanical problem. Most common problems that can be found in older patio doors are:

  • Foggy glass that can’t be cleaned
  • Difficulty to slide, open, or close the door
  • Security issue – inability to properly lock the door
  • Rotten sliding door frames
  • Broken or missing screen.

Sliding doors

In the state of Connecticut and other states of the New England region, sliding patio doors are the most popular choice for the entrance to the yard or deck. Moreover, Americans in general value open entrance to the great outdoors, increased view (panoramic) and more daylight. High quality patio door can enhance most of the homes in CT because of these and other benefits. Similarly to entry doors, sliding doors are often left as afterthought, after replacement windows have been installed. Most people who decided to replace their back door along with windows, now enjoy easy operation of their new door, energy efficiency, zero drafts and virtually no maintenance. When you decide to buy a sliding door, try look for sturdy and rigid door frame – this will assure that the door solidly built and will provide years of worry-free operation. Also, pay attention to the energy package. Most doors will come double glazed with tempered glass for safety. But since door is virtually all glass, it is strongly recommended that you choose the best energy glass package you can afford – this additional investment may increase the initial cost of the entire door project, but in the long-run you will enjoy increased energy savings and more comfort. One example of the increased comfort that sliding door with triple-pane glass can give you is the fact that during winter the interior pane of glass is virtually warm to touch. This effect cannot be achieved with older doors or even with the newer but poorer energy glass packages.