Does your sliding door need to go?
Older or builder-grade sliding glass doors can become a real nuisance. Sometimes they just need a good cleaning and lubricant, but more often, they need a lot more attention than that. Does your sliding door need to go? The animosity you feel for it might mean it’s time to break up. Do yourself a favor and choose a replacement door.
Alternatives to consider
Before you replace that slider with any old standard door, take a look at some options.
- Newer Vinyl glass sliding doors offer far more insulation and greater water infiltration resistance than the old models did. Take a close look at the many types of new sliders available. Check out options in several price ranges to see what best suits your home, your situation and your needs. Higher-end units have advanced performance features such as built-in drainage systems, so if your slider is in the direct path of heavy rains, this could be a lifesaver. Double- or triple-paned units offer peak energy efficiency. Some models have wood-clad interiors in oak, cherry or maple that match your décor. Some have side panels or transoms, and some have internal blinds or privacy glass. Others can include fiberglass mesh screens for clearer views. If you’re going to the effort of a replacement, take the time to think about all you can choose from.
- French doors: These doors are hinged on the wall-ends and both units swing open like traditional doors, either inward or outward. They are available in a range of styles and materials and can offer a more interesting, classic treatment. You’ll have a door on one side that is opened less – your inactive door – and it carries the moldings and closures. When the inactive door is open at the same time as the main door, the entire space is accessible. Also available with sidelights and transoms, these doors can be upgraded with stained or decorative glass, privacy glass, or grids and internal blinds. Choosing unique hardware gives them a custom, elegant appearance.
- Fixed glass panels: If you don’t need the functionality of a door in that location, you could consider installing a fixed glass panel instead. This is a good option if you really would prefer a single-door opening elsewhere in the room. Or, turn the space into an elegant bay window.
How do you decide what’s right for you?
Scores of manufacturers offer patio doors with a multitude of choices and variables available. Deciding between the options can become complex. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact a door and window expert (preferably us).
Here are some questions to ask of any contractor you are considering:
- What are the benefits of each type of replacement door?
- What does the replacement process entail? What will you remove and replace? How long will it take?
- What materials will you use and will they be manufacturers’ parts to preserve the warranty?
- What kind of training does your installation staff have?
- What does the warranty cover?
- When can you start?
We at Ferris Home Improvements offer you industry-leading ProVia doors and windows that are tested to meet stringent industry standards for air and water infiltration, wind load resistance, ease of operation, forced entry and much more. Provia products carry limited lifetime transferrable warranties.
Give us a call!
We will be delighted to come to your home and consult with you so we can meet your specific needs and preferences. An in-home consultation is free and carries no-obligation. If you prefer, you can stop by our Newark or Rehoboth showrooms or make an appointment to meet with a member of our exterior repairs staff there at your convenience.
We’re certain that you’ll be thrilled to rid your life of that annoying, drafty, unmovable door in your home. Your new door will require very little care, will solve your draft issue, will function smoothly and easily, and will add a beautiful new element in your room.
We look forward to hearing from you.