Most of us have a favourite sunny spot in the house where we like to sit and enjoy the sunshine. If you live in Britain, you will know that these moments are only short-lived. To maximise on those rare sunny days, you could get sliding glass doors fitted to connect your home with your garden or patio. Then you could just slide your retractable glass panels open to let the fresh air in when the weather is warm, and seal it closed again to keep the warmth in when it starts getting colder outside.
Sliding doors are made of durable materials and are fully insulated. They will bring natural light into your home without wasting energy. They will also give the impression of more space as they minimise the distinction between outdoors and in. When pushed open, they allow the living section to become a part of the garden and vice versa.
There are several types of sliding glass doors to choose from:
Stacking Sliding Glass Doors
This option has been popular for several years now as it requires little maintenance and is easy to use. The panels slide sideways along a track and stack behind one other at the end of the frame.
Pocket Sliding Glass Doors
With pocket doors, the panels disappear entirely from view when the door is fully open because they tuck into the wall itself. This system needs to be planned for in advance as your wall will need to be constructed so that it can accommodate all your sliding panels.
Corner Sliding Glass Doors
When regular sliding doors don's seem enough, consider a 90-degree corner door system. It will allow natural light into your home regardless of the position of your house. What's more, you don't even need a supporting column so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of your garden with seamless transition between inside and out.
Now you have chosen the style of your doors; it's time to decide on the type of frame:
A popular option as it will give your home a fresh contemporary look. The narrow frames will help you maximise your view. The durability of aluminium makes it the perfect choice for new construction projects.
Cheaper than the aluminium version, uPVC sliding glass doors are an excellent solution for replacement patio doors as they are weather-resistant and low maintenance.
Installing sliding glass doors and panels
It is essential that you employ an experienced builder or door fitter to install your sliding doors. They will fix the frames at precise points for smooth operation.