If you have sliding doors in your home, you know how lovely they can be. They provide a great source of natural light, allow you to take in beautiful views and help to bring the outside in. Of course, if you have older or inefficient sliding doors, you may be letting more of the outside in than you’d like. At Philadelphia’s Zen Windows, we take pride in helping homeowners increase their home’s efficiency and beauty by installing high-quality sliding doors.
Tips for Selecting New Sliding Doors
1.Pick the Right Type of Low-E (Low Emissivity) Layering
Low-E is an extremely thin layer of metallic particles applied to the glass in your sliding doors. These metallic layers filter out long wavelengths of heat and allow the short wavelengths of light to come through. There are a wide variety of Low-E options to choose from, which are designed to allow more or less light.
2. Opt for Argon Added
If you’re looking for added insulative value in your sliding doors, opt for a model that has argon gas added to the captive air space, which is the air between the panes.
3. Beware of Tinting
Tinting may reduce the light that enters your home, but because it absorbs the wavelengths rather than filtering them, don’t expect tinting to improve the insulative value of your doors.
4. Follow Energy Star’s Performance Criteria Guidelines
To get the right type of sliding door for you, be sure to check out the Energy Star recommendations based on your climate area. In the Philadelphia area, we’re classified as North-Central, but are just on the edge of Northern, so doors that fit either criteria may be appropriate for your home.
5. Choose Double or Triple Pane
When getting your replacement sliding door, be sure to choose a double or triple pane door. Because there are two captive air spaces in triple pane doors, they are often up to 30% more efficient than double pane. However, it’s important to weigh the initial cost difference when making your choice.
Getting Replacement Sliding Doors in Philadelphia? Call Zen Windows
At Zen Windows, we have a one-of-a-kind installation process that completely focused on customer convenience and satisfaction. If you’re ready to update your sliding doors, give Zen Windows a call at 215-458-5080 or email us to request a quote. Our team will get back to you within minutes with an accurate quote.