We sometimes speak to homeowners who have reservations about investing in sliding patio doors because of negative rumors they’ve heard about this style of door from someone. This is unfortunate because it means homeowners are missing out on a great option. Read on as we debunk the following myths about sliding doors.
MYTH: Sliding doors are unsafe.
There’s a misconception that sliding doors are unsafe because of the glass. A common concern is that the glass will shatter if impacted by airborne debris. Typical patio doors may suffer from such problems, but ours don’t. Our patio doors have enhanced structural strength thanks to our sturdy frame options and our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass. There’s also the misconception that sliding door locks are ineffective. This is not true: our sliding doors feature an exclusive Andersen®-designed reach-out lock system that forms a snug fit when the sashes are pulled into the jamb.
MYTH: You can’t have big sliding doors.
Sliding doors have a distinct advantage over their hinged counterparts: the entire bottom part of the door frame, where the rollers are installed, carries the full weight of the sashes. With an even weight distribution, you can have bigger sliding patio doors made for your home.
MYTH: Sliding doors are not energy efficient.
A patio door’s energy efficiency depends on the material, build and the quality of the installation. Take the door glass, for example. While traditional single-panel glass can facilitate heat transfer between your indoor and outdoor spaces (resulting in heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer), dual-panel glass won’t, which is why our patio doors and replacement windows feature dual-panel High-Performance Low-E4 glass. Combined with our insulated panel options and precise installation methods, you can count on our sliding doors to help you save on your cooling and heating bills.
MYTH: Sliding doors aren’t good for privacy.
It all depends on the kind of glass you choose. While clear glass is ideal for your patio doors, we also offer obscured glass options, as well as our High-Performance Low-E4 Sun™ glass option. This energy-efficient glass option features a special tint that reduces harsh sunlight and also helps obscure the view from outside looking in.
To explore our sliding and French doors, call Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas and Fort Worth today at (877) 605-2922 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation at no cost to you. We serve many areas in and near Dallas, TX.