Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

kooshballJuly 13, 2014

I am in the planning stage of a beach house design and build and I would like to use sliding glass doors for several reasons (amount of light, lack of swing) but I don't know how well they will seal in storms and perform over time.

Does anyone recommend a specific brand / model that will perform well in a coastal environment or should I look for hinged doors instead?


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Where are you building? They make Impact Resistant Sliding Glass Doors if your area requires them.

This post was edited by millworkman on Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 11:34

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:32AM
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I recommend what they call around here a beach package. That means stainless steel rollers rather than aluminum. The beach is hell on aluminum - salt and sand.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:38AM
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Hatteras Island is where the house will be...sound side.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:12PM
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We're doing French doors rather than sliders because of the sealing issue. We're in a desert area of Canada. Cold, dry and windy.

If we had a longer summer, I'd put in those accordion style doors so you could have the entire wall opened up. But it's a little expensive for something we'd use twice a year.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:38PM
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Actually a quality slider will seal better than a hinged door amberm. I would see no issues using a slider, just pick a high quality brand as they should use SS rollers which as mentioned is a must. They will require maintenance in keeping the tacks clean. You should be building with Impact Rated products where you are building so multi-point locks should be a standard in this package.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 5:08PM
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The well built products today work well in either a clear-story or extended overhang configurations.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 2:34PM
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