Sliding doors are a great way to open up your home and are a stylish modern way to add personality to any room. They aren’t limited to just patio or exterior doors, sliding doors can be applied to wardrobe or cabinet doors for convenience. Adding sliding doors to your home provide many different design and functional advantages beside their stylish appearance. Here are 10 top benefits of adding sliding doors to your home:
1. Energy Efficient
Most sliding doors are fitted with composite gaskets, these offer thermal insulation therefore effectively act as a weather and sound barrier. They prevent dust, drafts and rain from entering your home. Sliding doors are efficient insulators, ensuring that it keeps your house warm in the winter by trapping heat in, but retains the cool air inside your home during the summer.
2. Indoor/Outdoor Flow
Sliding doors make it seamlessly easy to open up your house to your outdoors area, the wide opening that the door allows makes the flow from inside to outside your house seem effortless. They can also drastically improve the air circulation and ventilation inside your home, opening the doors widely allows a surge of fresh air.
Sliding doors have previously had a reputation of being dangerous as they weren’t always installed with safety glass. Nowadays, they are more often than not installed with safety glass, reducing the risk of injury as they do not break into tiny pieces. The risk of injury is also reduced as they don’t open outwards, so there is less risk of doors hitting someone or gusts of wind slamming them shut.
The safety glass cannot be cut or damaged with brute force, which will deter and prevent burglars from being able to break into your home through these doors. In addition to door locks, a sliding door lock can be installed at the top where the stationary glass and the door meet. These locks make it impossible to force the door open from outside.
5. Space Saving
Conventional doors naturally take up more floor space as they require opening space. Sliding doors operate sideways gliding along a track so no extra space is required for the door arc as one door slides against the other panel. The side to side operation also allows for a wider doorway which is always handy when needing to move large pieces of furniture.
6. Natural Light
Sliding doors consist of large panes of glass running from the top to the bottom of the door, naturally maximising the amount of light let into the room. This has multiple benefits. More natural light gives the illusion of more space, especially when they are used as patio or other exterior facing doors. It also means that more light is let in during the day, reducing energy bills as it keeps the lights off for longer.
7. Easy Access
To open sliding doors, you just gently push them aside and they slide open due to being on rails, this makes it effortless to come in and out of the room. This is particularly great for homeowners that love to cook in the kitchen during the warmer months, the ease of opening the doors offers seamless connection to their outside space.
8. Environmentally Friendly
As previously mentioned, sliding doors offer efficient insulation and provide a healthy source of natural light. Therefore there is less need for the heating to be on and the lights don’t need to be switched on till later on in the day, saving you money and helping the environment. Also, they can be made from wood, a renewable and durable material.
Sliding doors come in a wide variety of styles and designs, so however you want to express your personality, choosing a sliding door will add character to your house. They add an elegant aesthetic to any home, are incredibly functional and harmonise with most architectural styles. Sliding doors typically add value to your house as they bring a more up-to-date look and feel, so they also have a great return on investment.
Sliding doors don't just have to be exterior, they are increasingly being used for interior doors. Sliding doors can be used to break up open-plan living spaces into broken-plan living spaces. As everyone has continued to work from home, sliding doors are great to create wall partitions giving you the option to have a space away from the rest of your home. Sliding doors are less permanent than solid walls, which means they can always be removed.
Birmingham Aluminium Systems Ltd
Birmingham Aluminium Systems Ltd are a leader supplier of aluminium framed doors in the West Midlands. We supply and fit sliding doors for homes across Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield. If you are interested in adding sliding doors to your house, we are experts in the industry and will be more than happy to advise you on a range of options based on your requirements. Please get in touch with our friendly and experienced team on 0121 726 3201 today, or fill out our online enquiry form - we'd be happy to help!