Sliding Doors Options

Buying doors and windows makes a design statement, increases comfort, improves the view on the world outside, and adds value to the home. It may even help cut down on utility bills to heat and cool a home. If you are looking for new or replacement sliding doors, it is a great opportunity to improve your home.

It takes a little bit of shopping around, browsing, and evaluation before making a decision on which sliding doors to purchase. These days, the materials are exceptional at mimicking the look of wood, both indoors and outside. For ocean side houses, it is particularly helpful to forego wood on the exterior to made the sliding doors last a lot longer while cutting down on maintenance.

The interior of a door may be manufactured from vinyl, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and commonly wood. Wood is an excellent natural insulation material, but requires maintenance and is the most costly material on the market. Adding aluminum cladding to the exterior keeps the beauty of natural wood inside the home, while protecting the exterior from mother nature’s effects on wood. Vinyl is the least expensive, has great insulation properties, and requires no maintenance. Fiberglass is costly but waterproof and good at insulating. Steel is heavy duty, but a quality product as well.

Complementing or creating a style for the home is another part of the equation. Such doors factor prominently in many homes, and may take up a good deal of space. Because of this, the color, materials and style should appeal to the homeowner and fit well in the existing interior decor of the home.

Screens And Glass

Today’s homeowners are a bit more sophisticated and savvy in their choices of how sliding doors operate and interact. The traditional door still operates great, on a track with two panels and a sliding screen.

For a grand view, many have combined several panels of sliding glass and screens. It is a bigger, better way to improve the view without becoming overwhelmed with bugs, heat, or cold air. Glass options allow more or less sunshine into the home, as well as more or less heat. It is a great way to help improve energy efficiency too. Usually sliding glass will not include too much embellishment with grids, which are found on French doors.

Operation Of Sliding Doors

Doors usually work on a track with rollers to keep them in line and on track. It provides a smooth operation as well. The casing frames the entire setup. It sits within the threshold that separates indoors from outdoors, where the door operates.

The fixed panel stays put while the other panels move to cover and uncover the doorway opening. The whole door, from its setup to its operation and quality of materials all need to work well.

The quality of materials requires durability, longevity, and strength. The parts need to operate smoothly time and again while the heft of the door needs to be able to move without crushing the track.


The installation is also something that is integral to the operation of the door in place for years to come. The consideration of who installs the door is as important as determining what doors to purchase for the home. Give it as much thought.

It depends on the place you are getting them installed how quickly this will happen.  Getting interior doors in New York City is going to be vastly different from getting them in Montana. You will have to plan on taking that time our of your day, and except longer if you are in an apartment on in the middle of the city. 

Testimonials and references are able to give customers a good handle on what their experience was like with the installers. Looking at pricing provides additional necessary information. Consider a combination of efficiency, cleanliness, communication, and customer service to get a well-rounded installation experience.

Put together the pieces, from design, view, energy efficiency, and their operation to get sliding doors into place. The options are endless.