Sliding Glass Door Repair & Replacement

Doors are widely underappreciated for their potential when it comes to intentional interior design moves. Unique doors can be a tool to open—both literally and stylistically—the design of your room! Sliding glass doors are unique and beautiful but every bit as reliable as traditional doors. Here is what you need to know about sliding glass doors and how they can be utilized in your building or remodel.

Which Types of Entrances Should Get a Sliding Glass Door?

Does your entrance need a glass door? Here are a couple of examples of settings where sliding glass doors are a great option.

Storefront Doors

A storefront should be welcoming, bright, and “introductory” in the sense that it gives passerby’s a taste of what’s inside. For these reasons, glass makes a perfect material for storefront entrances. Let in all the natural light possible, show off your colors, create themed window displays, and draw in customers right off the streets! Glass is a very contemporary and classy material that suggests an invitation to all who come by.

 Patio Glass Door

Your home is just as in need of natural light and “welcoming” vibes as any store or building. Consider making your patio doors sliding glass! Single or double sliding glass doors offer a wide look into your landscape, letting you feel a little closer to nature.

The Best Types of Glass for a Sliding Door

Because these are doors that get a lot of traffic, you need the glass to be sturdy, durable, and reliable. Tempered or “safety” glass is specially created so that if broken, the pieces are small enough to shatter without leaving dangerously large shards sticking out. Tempered glass further comes in what’s called “obscure” and “frosted” sheens, which are a slightly opaque overtone that blurs the glass a bit. This offers a bit more privacy while maintaining the sleek and beautiful style of glass doors.

How to Install a Sliding Glass Door

Installing a glass door involves the same basic procedure as installing a regular door—measure, prep, caulk, position, secure—but the task of avoiding nicks can be tricky. If that makes you nervous, consider utilizing professional help from a contractor to get your door in safely.

If your door is damaged during installation or at any other time, call a contractor for glass door repair! Most contractors are prepared for residential or commercial glass door repairs, including sliding door track replacement or pane replacement.

Glass Door FAQs:

What’s the best thickness for sliding glass doors?

Most glass door panes will be between 3/8 of an inch and 1/2 of an inch in thickness. Often, the size of the door itself or the size of the panes intended for the door will further determine the required thickness of the glass. Too thin, and it is at high risk of shattering, but too thick, and your door becomes extremely heavy and even less energy efficient for your property.

What is the difference between frosted and obscure glass?

Frosted and obscure glass both provide an opaque film over the glass that creates a bit more privacy. While frosted glass refers to a uniform white opacity over the entirety of the pane, an obscure glass pane uses colors, textures, and patterns to achieve the same effect. Because of this variety, obscure glass can be used as a more intentional design element in interior design plans. Its shapes and colors offer a unique and creative addition to any space!

How much light does frosted glass let in?

Frosted glass only marginally dilutes the amount of light let in by your glass. Although slightly distorted or “blurred,” you can still view forms and shadows through frosted glass. It truly creates a great balance between the elegant look and feel of a glass door, without the extreme clarity (and therefore lack of privacy) that comes with un-frosted or natural glass.