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What Are the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors?

Have you ever thought about how sliding glass doors are essentially large windows? After all, they offer views of the great outdoors and fill your home with natural light. They can also let in fresh air and open up a room.

But unlike other windows in your home, sliding doors have a unique level of usefulness. Not only do they offer access to outdoor areas, but make it easy to keep an eye on kids and pets, too.

Therefore, a sliding glass door won’t work with just any window treatment. It requires a fixture that doesn’t interfere with its accessibility and functionality. At the same time, the best window treatments for sliding glass doors provide privacy (and style) while allowing just enough light.
By taking the time to choose the right window treatment, you can make the most out of your sliding glass door.

Vertical Blinds

If you prefer traditional styles, consider vertical blinds. This common window treatment — which can be made with vinyl, wood, or fabric — is affordable and easy to customize. Vertical blinds are also sturdy and durable, so they’re ideal if you love to host parties or frequently use your sliding door.

Vertical Sheer Shades

Do you want the usefulness of blinds but love the look of sheer drapery? Choose vertical sheer shades, also known as soft vertical blinds. They’re made of vinyl vanes with a layer of sheer fabric. The vanes open like vertical blinds, while the sheer fabric provides a soft and elegant ambiance.

Vertical Cellular Shades

For an energy efficient window treatment, opt for vertical cellular shades, or honeycomb shades. This option is made of cellular fabric with small pockets, or “cells,” of air. These cells act as a barrier between the room and the window, which provides insulation and stops energy from sneaking out. As an added bonus, they control outside noise, too.

Sliding Panels

Sliding panels, or panel track blinds, are best for light control. They’re available in fabric, solar screen material, or woven wood. Sliding panels can also filter or blackout light, depending on your needs and lifestyle.

The panels glide on a wheel carrier track and neatly stack on top each other. If you prefer sleek and clean styles, you’ll appreciate the simple elegance of sliding panels.

Shutters

Shutters offer a cozy and classic Southern look. They also offer privacy, block out light, and are available in wood or synthetic materials. Additionally, since shutters can be painted or stained to coordinate with existing décor, the design possibilities are endless.

In Arizona, it’s best to choose shutters made of synthetic material that can withstand the desert climate This will ensure that your beautiful window treatments don’t warp or fade under extreme heat.

XO Windows is ready to install your dream sliding glass door.

Knowing the best window treatments for sliding glass doors is just one part of the process. Before picking a treatment, it’s wise to make sure your sliding door is in good shape. It should be free of cracks and imperfections, which can compromise the comfort, safety, and energy efficiency of your home.

That’s where we come in. From sliding glass doors to specialty shape windows, XO Windows offers professional window replacements for every style and budget. We also specialize in window installations for new homes, so you can design your dream door from the very beginning.

To start your project, request a free estimate online. You can also call us at 602-396-4825.

Making Sure Your Glass Patio Doors Are Energy Efficient

Glass patio doors are a beautiful addition to any home and one that contributes to its unique design style and overall value. But here in Arizona, where desert nights get chilly and daytime summer temperatures like to linger around the triple digits, it is equally important to make sure your glass doors are as energy efficient as possible.

 

Doors that are old, poorly sealed or not installed properly can result in air leakage and a loss of heat through a process called conduction. And, because glass is a poor insulator to begin with, taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your patio doors can go a long way toward saving money on heating and air conditioning throughout the year.

When installing or replacing glass patio doors in your Arizona home, XO Windows recommends keeping in mind the following energy efficiency factors:

R-value

R-value tells you how well your windows or glass doors resist the flow of heat. It involves a specific formula that takes into account the size of the exposed area and the total rate of heat flow through the glass. A higher R-value indicates a more energy-efficient window.

U-factor (or U-value)

Different from R-value, U-factor measures the actual amount of heat transfer to determine how well a window is insulated. The range is usually between 0.25 and 1.25, and here a lower number indicates a more energy-efficient window. You can use this helpful chart to find the ideal U-factor for your climate zone.

 

Low-E Glass

Low-emissivity (low-E) glass is a relatively new but increasingly popular option for improving energy efficiency in windows and glass doors. A microscopic coating on the glass helps reflect light and heat back to its source. It also impedes a considerable amount of radiant heat and helps to decrease heat flow through the window.

Proper Sealing

Weatherstripping and caulking your windows and glass doors isn’t just about keeping out moisture and cold air. Proper sealing also helps keep the indoor air in and conserve energy by plugging up any openings that may allow air to escape. This helps homeowners save money and still stay cool during the summer months.

 

Still need help choosing the perfect patio doors? Talk to the experts.

XO Windows offers a wide selection of sliding, swinging and folding glass patio doors to improve energy efficiency and enhance the beauty of your Arizona home. All of our patio doors feature LoĒ³-340 glass, proven to block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV radiation and provide year-round comfort by blocking solar heat and reducing heat loss during the winter.

Call XO Windows today at 602-396-4825 or fill out our online form for a free estimate.

 

How to Choose a Perfect Patio Door

A patio adds a nice touch of outdoor living to your home. While it is important to make sure your patio is beautiful and functional, it’s also important to choose the right door to connect the patio to your house. There is a huge variety of patio doors to choose, so it’s helpful to understand your options.

 

Style

The style of patio door you choose will make a big difference to the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. It is important to choose a door that blends well with the rest of the house and provides a sense of unity in design. XO Windows has several styles to choose from, including:

 

1. Sliding Doors

XO Windows has many different sliding glass door designs to consider, including single and multi-slide doors. These doors are tough, durable, and attractive. While available in several options, the multi-slide door represents an impressive leap in technology, made from an anodized bronze framing system, and available in a 2, 3, or 4-track framing system, which ensures ease of motion—even after years of use.

 

2. Swinging Doors

If you want a look that’s more classic, swinging doors might be right for you. These doors are built just as tough as their sliding counterparts. Swinging doors can be set up to swing in or out, or even both ways, so planning your floor space is a must.

 

3. Folding Doors

If you have a larger patio opening, or just want something a little different, you might want to consider folding doors. While not as common as sliding or swinging doors, this option provides a unique, luxurious way to transition between your house and patio.

 

Materials

Just as it is important to pick the right style, it is equally important to choose the right materials.  XO Windows has several materials to choose from, including vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, and wood. Regardless of the material you choose, our doors are made to be tough and dependable. They offer security and peace of mind, and what’s more, they come in a variety of colors and custom options to make sure your new or replacement patio door matches your home perfectly.

 

And if that weren’t enough, XO Windows proudly offers LoĒ³-340 glass in all of our patio doors, which provides unparalleled savings and protection from the sun. LoĒ³-340 glass is proven to block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV radiation, while providing year-round thermal comfort by blocking solar heat in the summer and reducing heat loss during the winter.

 

Regardless of which option you choose, XO Windows has the right patio door for you and your home. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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Sliding Patio Doors: An Architectural Trend in 2015

Sliding doors have been steadily growing in popularity for years. Now that 2015 has rolled around, they can be considered a full-blown design trend. What, precisely, is the appeal of this particular design choice?

Letting more light into a residence and simultaneously creating more living space, as these doors do, is a no-brainer for most homeowners. But that barely scratches the surface.

How A Sliding Door Works

Sliding glass doors move smoothly on tracks and require virtually no effort to use on the part of the homeowner. They are outfitted with multiple lock points for extra safety. Certain glass and aluminum doors can be operated by remote control to make them even easier to use.

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Versatility

Doors and windows are the standard mode of entering, leaving, and letting light into a building. Sliding glass doors combine these utilitarian household necessities into one smooth, visually appealing architectural feature.

Multi slide doors allow the homeowner to slide open different sections of panels at a time depending on what combination is desired. Similarly, bifold doors can be folded outward to create a more seamless connection with the outside world. Whether they fold, slide, or lift, these doors and panels have become a coveted part of the new home construction and remodeling landscape.

Uniting the Indoors and Outdoors

What if being inside could feel more like being outside without undesirable temperature changes? Sliding glass doors help make this possible. Homeowners are separated from the outside’s cold or sweaty weather while still gaining the benefits of light that brightens up every corner of an otherwise dark home.

Corner-Less Installations

Homeowners who want to maximize their home’s connection to the outside can opt for corner-less installations. In this design, corners are eliminated by a set of two panels meeting where the outside or inside corner would be. Such a scenario is ideal for a covered patio or other outdoor space that benefits from being attached seamlessly to the indoors.

Expanded Livable Area and Natural Light

Standard doors take up space when they swing inward or outward. A sliding door, however, simply moves along the same thin course, conserving space so that the homeowner can enjoy an increased living area.

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Energy Efficient and Financially Savvy

Sliding doors have an interlock seal at the center rail which protects the home from intrusive air, while a heavy duty weather stripping process prevents outside elements like rain, dust, wind and even noise from infiltrating. Low-E glass and other options, as well as UV coatings and dual glaze, are all available outfitting choices.

XO Windows offers the ultimate in energy efficiency with its EnergyCore™ multi-slide doors, which are made with LoĒ3-366 triple silver insulated glass ─ the best of the best when it comes to thermal efficiency.

Sliding Door Sizes

A sliding door can come in a variety of sizes calibrated to fit an individual homeowner’s specific needs. They may be as wide as 20 feet and as high as 12 feet. Single panels may run anywhere from two to four feet long. In the case of a sliding glass wall, however, panels may run up to 12 feet wide. Walls can be designed with two 12-foot panels that combined create a glass expanse of 24 feet, allowing for a clear opening up to 12 feet. Adding to the appeal and flexibility of the door, each panel may operate independently from the other to allow more or less air to enter the home.

The Sliding Door: a 2015 Design Trend For a Reason

Sliding doors are versatile, possessing the capability to extend natural light into a home and unite the indoors with the outdoors in a special way that other types of doors and windows cannot. By saving space, they also expand the livable areas of a home.

XO Windows has a wide range of patio doors available, including sliding, swinging and folding doors.  Contact us today for an estimate: 602-396-4825.