Sliding doors: Type of glass used

Sliding doors: Type of glass used

For homeowners who enjoy watching the surroundings outside of your house clearly every day, sliding glass doors are usually the best choice for you to have in your house. It will provide wide access from a room to the outdoors, which enhances natural light in and to increase incoming fresh air. It has two door leaves and won’t take much space, unlike traditional swing doors.

Sliding doors are quite common nowadays, often found and used in hotel room apartments and residences in the United States and Southern Europe as well. Sliding doors offer space-saving benefits while also imparting a contemporary ambiance.

This type of door is usually being used as a kitchen door and bathroom doors as well, in architectural design. In determining if you want to opt for sliding rooms, it is very crucial for people to get to know the type of glass used indoors and which one has the best strength and sturdiness.

How safe are glass doors for your residence?

Sliding glass door frames are usually made of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and the most common material is PVC-plastic. But of course, sliding glass doors are prone to more potential break-ins as the potential intruders can easily see your residence from the outside through the glass doors. They can even break the pane and get themselves in without having to break a lock. However, there are ways that you can protect glass doors from burglars too.

If you are unsure of the materials that you should be going for, here are some suggestions for the type of glass used indoor.

Tinted glass

The tinted glass used for sliding glass doors is usually able to block the intensity of natural lights sneaking into the spaces inside your house. It is also able to help to protect your belongings such as furnishings, paintings, and tapestries from fading and discoloration from the UV rays and the solar heat.

This is due to the mixture of selective metal oxides in the making process, that helps to control the sun’s ultraviolet. This type of sliding door is usually helpful for external doors for houses and offices. 

Toughened glass

It is legal that sliding glass doors must have toughened safety glasses installed. Not only commonly best for doors, but it is also used in all vehicles for what can be found in the side and rear windows. 

This is because the glass is thermally and physically stronger than the regular glasses. When it is broken, it will shatter into small cubes rather than the big shards.

Insulated glass

Insulating glass is the most effective way to reduce air-to-air heat transfer through the glazing. Most of the time, this sliding door is designed to keep the house cooler during summer and warmer in the cozy winter. Sealing two or more glass sheets together with no air passage in between delivers insulated glass.

Frosted glass

Frosted glass is an acid etching of clear sheet glass, achieved by using the corrosive hydrofluoric acid. A sliding door with this material will give a roughened, frosted appearance with a rough glass surface.

The process of producing the ‘royal look’ was invented in the Victorian era, also known as ‘French Embossing’. It was originally used to decorate the sliding doors and windows, mostly for bars and public houses.

Clear glass

The clear sliding glass door will provide a path for sunlight to enter your rooms, gives freshness, and offers a wide view for those who enjoy watching the outside. 

Double and Triple glazed glass

Of course, it is always better to opt for three panes of glass instead of two. There are benefits offered with the additional pane of glass, as such, it can help to maximize the insulation, therefore helping to reduce heat loss as much as possible. It can also help to reduce the noise levels with the extra thick layer.

There are several design options for sliding glass doors such as traditional, opening corners, disappearing, trackless, and disappearing. For traditional sliding doors, it has two-panel sections where one is fixed-stationary and another one mobile to slide open.

For open corner sliding glass doors, this design will allow you to open up an entire corner of a room to the outside, by having two bi-folding or sliding doors meeting at the corner.

In conclusion, it is better to study the choice of the glass to be used for your sliding doors as it can give a great impact on your house. Different uses of sliding glass doors will be able to create certain looks whether it is the “classy look”, “simple look”, “royal look” or even “vintage look”.


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