Contemporary sliding or "gliding" doors have come a long way since yesteryear's aluminum
sliders, infamous for their stark appearance, sweating frames, and cold glazing. Today, a new
generation of high-quality models offers energy efficiency, durability, safety, and style.  
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Though conventional aluminum sliders maintain a
strong foothold in the market, sliding doors made of
wood and other materials have given the genre an
entirely new identity. The
most popular sliders offer the warmth of wood on
the inside and the durable cladding of vinyl on the

Because wood is vulnerable to moisture and sun, it
must be given a durable finish. You can buy
all-wood sliders that are factory-primed or
pre-painted in standard colors.
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As alternatives, there are doors made from fiberglass
composites that resemble wood but will not crack or warp,
and rugged steel sliders, which are usually less expensive.
Still other doors are faced on both sides with a vinyl or
aluminum skin; a polyurethane foam insulation core fills the
shell, offering six times the energy efficiency of wood.

Sliding Door Glazing
Of course, the largest part of a sliding glass door is glass.
To make such a door truly energy efficient, high-performance
glazing is key. Fortunately, this is standard with most
high-quality sliders. You will find dual glazing, or more
typically, double-paned glass with low-emissivity (low-e)
coating and, in some cases, argon gas filling.
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In addition, some companies offer decorative stained or beveled glass with true brass caming
(leading). Like other types of doors and windows, sliders are available with real or false divided
lights. Most manufacturers let you specify the glazing you want when you order.
Sizes & Options
Beyond the standard 6-feet, 8-inch height, sliding doors are made 6 feet, 11 inches or 8 feet tall.
You can also buy three or four door wide configurations that run up to about 16 feet wide. Sliders
are made in single-opening and double-opening styles. To extend your design options, most
manufacturers provide matching rectangular and circle-head transom windows intended to fit
above doors.

Bayside Windows and Doors offers a variety of sliding glass doors from many top manufacturers.  
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