You might feel that your living area or kitchen is looking a bit dull and in need of some refreshment – or you have a scenic garden that is obscured from view. With the implementation of different styles of doors, these problems can easily be rectified.
The more light you allow in, the bigger and brighter a room will appear. Blocking light will create a more confined and often less inspiring space. Furthermore, doors and/or windows that allow you to see your garden or the outside landscape from inside your home will immediately improve the environment.
There are a few options that will enable you to achieve this. You could create a window space in a wall, but the most affordable option is probably to replace your room entries and exits with sliding glass doors. These doors have the benefits of providing windows and they’re also ideal for easily accessible entrances onto decks, gardens or patios.
Sliding glass doors have certainly evolved aesthetically over the last decade. You no longer need to be concerned about them appearing chunky and with plastic panes and trims. You also need to consider the look you’re going for; for example, do you want multiple doors joined together for something statement? Or would you prefer smaller and more subtle doors? The materials you could select include aluminum, wood, metal, or fiberglass, which is also a design element to consider. There’s also the option to have your doors top-hung from the entryway. This will help prevent dirt, leaves, or debris coming into the house.
Function and Protection
Obviously, doors play a big role in home protection and security. Sound and noise insulation are also a big issue for many homeowners. If this is something you want to consider, you can choose to install double pane doors. These will better soundproof your home from outdoor noise.
From an energy saving perspective, you could also layer your doors by installing two doors with a small gap of air between them. This will create additional security, as well as a natural form of insulation. This is turn will decrease your utility bills. There is a common misconception that sliding glass doors let out heat in the winter and increase the temperature during hotter months of the year. However, this can be avoided if you buy appropriate weather stripping and insulated glass as well as if you invest in glazed glass with a low-E coating.