Sliding doors: 8 pros & cons

Sliding glass doors are a great option for bringing beauty to your home or commercial premises in the form of natural light and uninterrupted views of your surroundings. They can also provide easy access to your outdoor space or balcony area, often adding a welcome breeze during the warmer summer months.

However, like most other property improvement projects, sliding patio doors have their disadvantages too. When deciding if sliding doors are right for you, it’s essential to weigh up the options.

The pros of sliding doors

There’s a reason that sliding doors are so popular, and we’ve explored a few of them below:

  1. They let in a lot more natural light
    Sliding doors often take the place of old windows or a solid wall, and therefore let in an abundance of natural light, giving the impression of further space and creating a pleasant, airy environment. The Origin Sliding Door that we choose to work with at Your Price Bi-folds also offers expansive panes for a sleek, minimal look.
  2. They provide ventilation
    If you want a little fresh air without having to open any of your doors too wide, sliding doors are ideal.
  3. They require little space
    Unlike French doors that open inwards or outwards, your sliding door will either slide back into the wall or into the track, making them a great option if you’re trying to save space.
  4. You can enjoy an improved outdoor/indoor flow
    When you’re relaxing in your living room or another social space, it can be annoying to get up and go to the back or front door in order to access the outside. With sliding doors, you won’t have this issue and will benefit from enhanced indoor to outdoor flow.
  5. They are safe & secure
    Historically, sliding doors got a bad reputation for their usage of non-shatterproof glass and lack of security features. These concerns have now been made obsolete thanks to advancements in engineering, with most sliding doors now featuring safety glass, hook-over-locking mechanisms and incorporated gaskets. There are also other steps you can take to ensure optimum security for your sliding doors.
  6. Sliding doors often offer great energy efficiency
    The Origin Sliding Door is manufactured using low-emissivity glass, which has an invisible coating that reflects heat back into your room. The doors also feature a polyamide thermal break in the profile, which improves energy efficiency.

The cons of sliding doors

  1. The biggest disadvantage of sliding doors is the level of cleaning they require. Being a large expanse of glass, you may notice a build-up of dirt, grease and grime, made worse in homes with pets or children. However, this is easily overcome with regular cleaning, and is a small price to pay for uninterrupted views and natural light.
  2. Another concern that many people have when it comes to sliding doors is that the track will end up becoming sticky or stiff, resulting in a door that is hard to open or close. With the Origin sliding door, there’s no sliding – only gliding. Equipped with a flawless operation and a 20-year guarantee, you’ll have complete peace of mind in your product.

Origin patio door installers in the southeast

If you’d like to speak to one of our team about having a patio door installed, Your Price Bi-folds have friendly experts on hand to answer any queries or questions you might have, as well as provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for sliding patio or bifolding doors.

Call us on 0203 874 5166 or email [email protected].

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