Many of the most beautiful and reliable patio door systems today are gliding models, but many erroneous beliefs out there hurt their reputation. Although they’ve never been more popular, one could argue that they would’ve gotten mainstream status sooner if not for the misconceptions attached to them.
In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Houston buries the most pervasive myths surrounding sliding doors:
1. They Are Drafty
Operating door panels allow a certain amount of air infiltration, but not to the point of being noticeable enough to be felt. But then again, leakage prevention largely depends on weatherstripping. Panels designed to interlock also help keep unwanted drafts out.
2. They Look Contemporary
Gliding panels and thick frames are not mutually exclusive. The space-saving format of sliding patio doors may be common among contemporary products, but it can be incorporated into the traditional French door design.
In fact, Renewal by Andersen of Houston’s Frenchwood® sliding patio door system is a prime example. Its panels feature the classic wide-board stile and rail construction, but smoothly glide on Andersen® track rollers.
3. They Are Maintenance Free
Sliding doors are less prone to mechanical issues because they don’t rely on hinges to carry the weight of their panels. However, they still need occasional care. You will need to rid their track of dirt to ensure effortless operation.
4. They Aren’t Safe
In the past, this may have been true of sliding doors that used simple latches. These doors were notorious for being relatively easy to be pried open. Today, security is no longer a concern among more modern sliding doors. Sophisticated locking mechanisms are one of the reasons why sliding units have become a door replacement favorite. For instance, Renewal by Andersen of Houston uses a unique reach-out lock that pulls the active panel snugly into the jamb. If you choose to add an optional foot lock, you’ll have another measure of security.
Now that you’ve separated fact from fiction, it’s time to harness the advantages of a sliding patio door system for your home. Call us at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to explore our wide range of products and services. We serve clients in Spring, TX, and nearby communities.