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Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

Posted by kooshball (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 10:43

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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RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

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

RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

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.

RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

Hatteras Island is where the house will be...sound side.

RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

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.

RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

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.

RE: Sliding glass doors for a beach home?

The well built products today work well in either a clear-story or extended overhang configurations.

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