In older homes, sliding glass doors are often a drain on energy efficiency. Before energy efficient doors and windows became the standard, sliding glass doors, especially those installed in the wrong direction, were often like having little to no barrier from the outside. Replacing old sliding glass doors not only adds aesthetic beauty to your home, but also saves money by improving a home’s energy efficiency. Choosing French doors to replace your bulky sliding glass doors offers numerous benefits.
1. Improved Function – Although your sliding glass door may be 6 foot wide, in reality, it only provides a maximum of 3 foot of open space. The problem is even worse if your sliding glass door is only 5 foot wide. On the other hand, 6 foot French doors, allow both doors to be fully opened. This means your 6 foot door, provides a full 6 foot of open space providing sufficient space for moving large items or just allowing greater access to your home. Furthermore, unlike sliding glass doors that are extremely heavy and prone to troublesome openings due to relying on rollers that wear out and become clogged with debris, French doors are easy to open, clean, and require little maintenance.
2. Increase Safety – Hinged French doors offer a large improvement in safety over the typical sliding glass door. Sliding glass doors operate on tracks and rollers. Unfortunately, these are can be one of the easiest entry point for criminals into your home. By simply prying the sliding door off of the rollers, a burglar is able to remove the entire door panel. An experienced thief can complete this process in just a couple of minutes. French doors, especially those that swing out, are extremely difficult to pry open or kick in. To further the protection properties, you can add a multi-point locking system that engages three points automatically when the handle is pulled up. Many French doors are also made with thicker glass than the standard sliding glass door.
3. Energy Efficiency – Today’s French doors offer tremendous energy efficiency. French doors are made of high performance fiberglass that is Low E. The glass is over 1 inch thick and at least double paned and in some cases triple paned. The solar heat transmission of French doors with Low E glass is almost 4 times better than the average sliding glass door unit. On top of that, French doors have weather stripping that tightly seals the door making penetration from outside air and water nearly impossible. Unlike an average sliding glass door that fails to block temperature changes, fiberglass French doors prevent large temperature shifts in your homes interior due to outside weather changes.
Replacing outdated sliding glass doors improves the look of your home and offers money saving benefits. Many homeowners dream of replacing their bulky sliding glass doors and are greatly enticed by the number of attractive and efficient options to choose from. However, it should be noted that installing doors is a complicated business and faulty installation can lead to greater inefficiency than the original door. Having a professional in your corner to help select the correct doors for your home and properly install them is vital to receiving the largest return on your investment.
With numerous options to choose from, such as wood grain interiors and decorative hardware, an experienced professional will guide you through the process from beginning to end, so don’t delay. Now, is the time to get rid of that outdated sliding patio door. Choosing a fiberglass French patio door that brings out your personal style, saves you money, and helps to better protect your family. For more style inspiration, check out many of the professionally installed doors in the galleries on houzz.com.