Sliding doors provide many benefits and functional advantages to living spaces. For many of us, when it comes to buying a home or renovating a room, the amount of natural light it receives is one of the most important factors. Based on this alone, it determines the overall mood, style, aesthetic and feel. There are an extensive range of doors that can meet your requirements, but why are sliding doors superior to the rest?
Apart from being a beautiful, stylish addition they are flexible to use and practical for any home type. Are you looking to open up your kitchen and dining space in your traditional home? You don’t need to be afraid of losing the traditional and charming touch. There are countless designs you can choose from to match your interior, and the feel you want to maintain throughout your home.
The Benefits of Sliding Doors
Say Hello To The Natural Light
Thanks to the large glass panels on sliding doors that run from the top to the bottom of each panel, it maximises the amount of daylight that can shine through. Natural light is no doubt, a major benefit to us provided by nature itself. By increasing our home’s exposure to the sun with windows and doors, it not only creates a warmer, happier atmosphere in the home, but a more sustainable one too!
Enjoy The Extra Space
There are a variety of space saving doors that allow you extra space in your home, but sliding doors are the ones that are able to maximise your space completely. Essentially, these doors operate without a hinge so they sit on a track instead of swinging open like standard doors. Thanks to this feature, no extra space is required due to the process of the sliding doors – they open up by one door sliding over another panel.
Security is a valuable consideration when it comes to investing in doors, just like it is when you invest in a property, or a car for example. You need to ensure that the doors you invest in are made from the most premium quality so it prevents thieves and potential burglars to enter your home. You should look for sliding doors which feature incorporated gaskets and aluminium seals. As well as this, a hook over locking mechanism is a sensible choice as it prevents the sliding leaf from being lifted out of it’s frame.
When investing in doors, you need to determine how energy efficient they actually are and what you can do to improve this throughout your home. We all like to keep our homes warm when the winter season hits, so we’re not racking up the heating bill. This applies to the summer season too; we ensure our home stays cool so we don’t feel like we’re living in a real life house oven. There are sliding doors that are fitted with composite gaskets, and these are what offer optimal thermal insulation. This ultimately is a weather and sound barrier where it keeps out drafts, dust, rain and sound.
Sliding doors could not be easier to use, literally. They move smoothly and easily on their rails, so all you have to do is gently push them aside and they will open. It provides easy and quick access to indoor and outdoor areas which can be most useful when summer arrives. As an added bonus too, they provide unrestricted views of your home’s outdoor areas, which is ideal for those who love a good view, or for the parents who like to keep an eye on their children and their activities.
Is it time to upgrade living space with sliding doors? We have some of our top picks below. And if you’re worried about new doors outshining your old ones, there are many ways in which you can give them their glow back. Explore our maintaining your internal and external doors article for top tips on how to achieve this.
Contemporary Oak 4 Panel Bi-Fold Door
Vancouver Oak Prefinished Bi-Fold Door
Pattern 10 - French Internal Oak Glazed Door - Bi Fold Kit