alexandria. glass door. February 26th , 2018.
It seems you almost can′t build a house over 5000 SF any more without including a multi-slide door. What used to be a luxury is now almost a requirement. This being the case it appears that more and more consumers want to update their existing homes with these products. Their popularity cannot be denied so I feel the best way to discuss these doors are in terms of pro′s and cons. Then, you the homeowner can decide whether the decision is right for you or not.
May require a general contractor - Most times when installing a multi-slide door, it may require framing changes. Depending on where you live, if the change is made to a load bearing wall, you have to pull a permit and have an engineer sign off on the change. This will usually require a GC to handle the details for you. A simple French door or window installation can be done by a licensed window or door company. Cost - These doors can be quite expensive. Most time when I give a remodeling customer / homeowner an estimate on these doors, it usually becomes price prohibitive. They see a French door or sliding glass door at a home store for 800 dollars and figure these doors are three times as big, so they should be three times as much right? Wrong, you see standard size doors are made with stock sized tempered glass. Multi-slide doors are custom sized and the price grown exponentially when you go to custom sizes.
Sliding glass doors are so easy to use that a small child can open or close them without exertion. The roller system allows them to operate quietly, yet the locking system ensures that the doors do not come off their tracks. The doors can also be locked open or closed, with or without a key.
But even in cases where the door is not an exterior one, a glass door still allows light to pass from one room to the other, not only creating a visually more attractive space, but also a more practical one, since there are fewer shadows and darker areas, maximising the efficient use of the room.
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