A home that features sliding glass doors is a home that is vulnerable to the outside. Glass is a poor insulator. In sliding glass doors, the glass acts as a conductor for heat to go out and for sunlight and heat to invade the home during the summer. To reduce energy loss, we can replace your current slide doors with low-emissivity (low-E) doors. These type of doors are fitted with a special coating that prevents energy from penetrating through the door.
If you’re looking for a more energy-efficient solution, we can tell you about the benefits and features of low-E glass sliding doors. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to insulate your current doors.
Vacuum the Door Track
Whenever you step over the door track, tiny particles and debris can drop from your shoe into the track channels. Since you step through the track when the door is wide open, chances are when you close the door back, it runs over the debris in the track. This can cause the door to lift and allow drafts to come through the bottom slightly. We recommend you vacuum the channels as often as possible to keep debris from building up.
Rubber Compression Strips
Adhesive-backed rubber compression strips are weatherproofing tools that provide an excellent seal around the door. These rubber strips are easy to cut and fit the length of any sliding door channel. The strips are resistant to both moisture and air and do not contract with cold temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about drafts. The strips contain air-proof seals that go in the channels and around the sash.
Weather stripping sliding glass doors keeps the cold weather outside and prevents inside air from leaking out. You install it between sliding doors to minimize lost warm air and seal the entire house from freezing air during the winter. Weather stripping restricts air flow in gaps between the sliding doors where drafts are common.
Plastic Window Kits
Window insulation kits utilize shrink-wrap that shrinks when exposed to heat. You can cut the plastic sheeting to fit the sliding glass door regardless of the size or dimension. Double-sided tape is used to secure the plastic to the door frame. To shrink the plastic, you’ll heat the surface with a hairdryer. The plastic sheeting shrinks and tightens to make an energy-efficient barrier from the outside.
Energy Efficient Solutions from Window World Twin Cities
If we have recently installed brand new glass sliding doors in your home, the information we provide above will keep your doors sealed without harming the material or the surface. If you need any help or have any questions sealing your door, contact Window World Twin Cities today. We provide a wide selection of quality glass sliding doors for homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. You can call us at 651-770-5570, or you can message us on our contact page.
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