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All Need to Know about

Sliding Glass Doors

Do you need to be inspired? Remodels, replacements and renovation projects all begin with a smart idea. You need to find one that can match the unique style of your home. For you to experience low maintenance exteriors, long lasting durability as well as superior performance, it takes a well-orchestrated use of materials.

Sliding doors are designed specially to glide horizontally, with one panel operating, while the other panel remains stationary. They often fit spaces which are tighter than those of the hinged doors. This is because their panels do not interfere with your patio or room.

Composition Of Sliding Glass Doors

A sliding glass door consists of a powder-painted extruded aluminum frame, which forms the support structure of a Monolith, giving it a firm structure. This kind of system composition forms a very easy set to re-configure and assemble, without the thickness of the inner side doubling. The initial materials used in the Monolith system are often sourced from a process of reuse and are therefore recyclable.

With slim frames of aluminum, the edges are not easily seen, it gives an impression of a glass expanse. Even when the sliding door is closed, you could easily feel like the outside garden is part of your kitchen, providing it with well lit, airy and bigger room. It actually provides a panoramic view.

Different Varieties of Sliding Doors

You can also blur a line between the outdoors and indoors by getting yourself the Multi-panel doors. An array of configurations and styles for both traditional and contemporary projects will make this door transform any kind of space into an extraordinary appearance.

It’s important to consider whether to buy impact or non-impact and vinyl or aluminum frames.  A sliding door is only as good as the materials you choose.

Benefits & Features of

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are made from huge glass, that expands from top to bottom, letting the sunshine in and showcasing clearly the views of your backyard and garden all year round. This allows natural, warm light to permeate your entire home during all seasons.

Since the sleek appearance of the glass usually blends well with any architectural style or décor, a super style and touch of elegance will be an addition to your home. Since sliding glass doors do not swing around, you will definitely save a lot of space for your house upon using them. The doors are easily structured to glide along a track, and therefore no extra space is required to open or close the door.

The structure of sliding glass doors allows them to move easily. By just pushing gently, the door glides effortlessly along a track, enhancing easy access through the door. With no latches to unhook, and no knobs to turn, the sliding doors open effortlessly which brings inconvenience, especially during summer when one has to keep moving outside more frequently.

Lately, there has been a tremendous upgrading of the energy efficiency and security of sliding glass doors, as opposed to the traditional sliding doors which are known for energy wastage. There has been an improved thermal insulation, weather-stripping and use of multi-pane glass to act as sound and weather barriers to keep away the noise and inclement weather.

The sliding glass doors make up a cost-effective and home friendly investment. The replacement glass doors package comes along with full warranty which is transferable, and every component has a different coverage. By agreeing to this innovation of sliding glass doors, be rest assured that your house sliding doors will be appealing, safe, durable, and highly energy efficient as well.

These doors are versatile and there are many available combinations when it comes to style, trim, shape and finishing options. 

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Upgrading to the best

Impact Sliding Glass Doors

Impact sliding glass doors are built to withstand harsh environmental conditions. These may include high strong winds, hurricanes or the blazing high temperatures in South Florida. Many companies are familiar with homeowners’ need for security and thus the production of impact sliding glass doors has provided incredible security features. An ideal impact sliding glass doors should have the following qualities but not limited to; thick durable frames, high sill which prevents water intrusion, and PVB or SGP inner layers. It is key to remember that impact does not mean that the window can’t break, it just means that unlike non-impact windows that shatter glass all over, a sliding glass impact doors contain the glass inside of a laminate where little to no glass can shatter to the surrounding area causing injury. Sliding glass impact doors in South Florida are ideal because when a nasty storm (maybe a tropical storm or depression) is on its way, you no longer need to stress about shutters. When considering replacement doors, impact sliding glass doors are a great investment for many years to come.

Affordability & Customization

Non-Impact Sliding Glass Doors

Non-impact sliding glass doors share some of the many options of the impact sliding glass doors. They are engineered to meet the building code requirements where impact sliding glass doors are not needed, however in impact areas, shutters are often required to meet code. Non-impact sliding glass doors offer options for full protection from ultraviolet light, are low maintenance and have annealed glass coverings. The appearance and the affordability often attract homeowners to non-impact sliding glass doors. They are engineered to meet or exceed demanding energy-saving requirements. The non-impact sliding glass doors are also crafted with non-corrosive hardware like the impact sliding glass doors. While non-impact sliding glass doors are affordable, it is important to note that if you do not have shutters, the cost of replacement doors and shutters can often times be more expensive then the impact sliding glass doors.  For more information before making your decision, call our window professionals at 772-781-2383.

More About Vinyl or Aluminum Frames

Vinyl Sliding Glass Doors
Vinyl sliding glass doors are made of what is commonly known as vinyl or uPVC material. Vinyl sliding glass doors offer good durability and stand up to the test of time. The maintenance of this type of window is very low and their cost in the market is averagely lower than that of aluminum sliding glass doors. The vinyl frames have an approximate lifespan of about 50 years before they need be replaced. Vinyl sliding glass doors also offer good thermal resistance and the frames often carry a lifetime warranty.  Ask to read, review and be sure to understand how your warranty works when purchasing your new doors.
Aluminum Sliding Glass Doors
Modern aluminum sliding glass doors frames are generally separated by a thermal break which is a glass fiber that is reinforced with polyamide. This thermal insulation ensemble significantly increases thermal resistance while conserving structural strength. The durability of an aluminum sliding glass doors is above average with very low maintenance and upfront costs. In addition, an aluminum impact sliding glass doors is said to have the most resilience against the storms of South Florida. The drawback to purchasing aluminum over vinyl framed doors is that the aluminum sliding glass doors offers a 3-year limited warranty versus the lifetime limited warranty of the vinyl frames. It is highly recommended that homeowners read, review and understand the warranty on all the doors we offer at GBW Windows.

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Optional Features Available

There are many features available to customize a sliding glass doors.  Customize the glass tinting, configurations and shapes, contouring, sizes, frame colors for both inside and outside, glass finishes, and glass colors.

Supply & Installation Of Windows and Doors

General Information & Service Areas

Palm City Windows Offers supply and installation of replacement windows and doors. Whether you are replacing standard windows with impact or aluminum with vinyl, Palm City Windows has you covered. We are proud to service Palm City, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Island, Sewall's Point, Port Salerno, Jupiter, Tequesta, Port Saint Lucie, and Saint Lucie West. If you are within a 25 mile radius of Palm City, Call today for a free estimate at:



Frame Colors

Customize the inside and outside frames with many color options.

Contouring & Grid Styles

Add some contouring with the craftsmen options for grid patterns.

Glass Colors

Glass colors allow a homeowner to keep a theme to their home.

Glass Finishes

Customize the look of the window with custom glass finishes.

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