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Beyond Your Sliding Doors: A World of Design Possibilities

All across Ontario, the snow is melting and sunny days are becoming more and more frequent. Soon, it won’t be long until the trees and grass are bursting forth, fresh and green after their winter rest. Spring is when most of us enjoy soaking up the view of nature returning, but if you’re stuck looking at it through grimy or broken sliding doors, it can somewhat dampen the experience.

Sliding doors are most frequently found as the means of entry to a patio. However, more and more often, homeowners are using them in new and innovative ways to maximize both light allowance into the home and to provide a convenient means of moving from one area to another. Whether your sliding doors are ready for a replacement or you’re considering adding them to your home, we’re going to look at the world of design possibilities that opens to you when you make the change.

What Good Sliding Doors Can Do for You

As their name suggests, the prime factor for effective sliding doors is their ability to slide smoothly and easily along a designated track. They require much less space to open than regular doors, which makes them particularly ideal for locations where floor space is limited. If you desire sunlight or a view outside, traditional sliding doors can feature a large, single panel of glass, creating the illusion of open space leading outside. This can help a room seem much larger than it really is, and can also help create a feeling of lightness and airiness in the space.

What Designs Are Available for Sliding Doors?

The most traditional design for sliding doors is to feature a single, large panel of glass in each one, allowing for complete visibility outside. However, sliding doors can also be found in a variety of different styles. If you love the look of French doors, but lack the floor space to allow for easy opening, sliding doors in a French style will still provide the illusion of French doors when closed, but will still slide horizontally to allow for easy access outside.

For a simple, graphic choice, you can select sliding doors with a different colour of frame. White is one of the most common default styles, but a matte black frame provides immediate definition and contrast to the wall it’s placed near. If none of the factory-designed styles speak to you, you can also request the creation of custom sliding doors to enjoy a one-of-a-kind statement piece for your home.

How to Pick the Right Sliding Doors

Ultimately, the choice as to which sliding doors to pick for your door replacement is entirely up to you. There are, however, a few factors you’ll want to consider as you browse the available options.

  • Style – Do you want a door replacement that looks modern, or are you after one with some traditional charm? There are plenty of options, so you don’t have to commit to the first set of sliding doors you find.
  • Material – From vinyl to aluminum and steel, there are many different materials that your sliding doors can be made out of. Consider the benefits of each material to determine which one would be the right fit for your home.
  • Function – First and foremost, you want your sliding doors to be functional. If possible, visit a showroom where you can try out the door for yourself. If the door is too heavy to move comfortably, or if the mechanics aren’t as smooth as you’d like them to be, keep looking.

Sliding Door Replacement in Barrie & Orillia

For over 25 years, Kempenfelt Windows & Doors has been Barrie’s favourite place to buy new or replacement doors. With our experience and our expertly curated selection of Canadian-made windows and doors, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your home. Browse our assortment online, or make an appointment to come view the sliding doors for yourself at one of our showrooms.

If you’d like more information on finding a door replacement for your front or sliding doors, give us a call at (705) 737-1554 or send us a message online.

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