Are sliding glass doors a good idea?

The move to a more broken plan living rather than the traditional style of separate rooms, or the open plan living which has been popular in recent years, has opened up a demand for internal sliding glass doors.

Sliding glass doors can be supplied as single or double glass doors and the benefits are numerous.

Firstly, think space – sliding glass doors take up so much less room that a more traditional hinged door. It can slide across either another wall or a single fixed glass panel. If you are having a party, the sliding glass door can be left completely open and give a more open plan feel to the area, but on a colder winter night, or for a little privacy, simply slide the glass door closed for thermal and acoustic insulation.

Glass is the perfect material for a sliding door. Transparent in nature, it allows light to flood an area, giving a sense of space and calm. Using glass walls helps with well-being. It is strong, all sliding glass doors are made from a toughened glass.

Are Sliding Glass Doors safe?

Always insist on a UK manufactured toughened glass which has passed stringent BS and EN safety tests. The manufacture will be tested on their toughening processes many times so that you know your glass is safe. Most sliding glass doors are made from either 8 or 10mm toughened glass. This means that they can hang from the top track and still be structural. If you go into a shopping centre, much of the glass you see will be 10mm Toughened glass, in the glass walls and doors of the shops.

Custom sliding glass wall dividing a living room and a kitchen letting light in.

Another important thing to remember when ordering sliding glass doors is to use an easy clean glass. Ritec Clearshield is a non-stick coating for glass which ensures that your glass doors look as good as the day they were installed. This clever technology also gives a hygienic glass surface as it resists bacteria.

The edges of the glass should always be highly polished by machine and a minimum of 8mm glass is recommended. For larger and taller doors, think about using a 10mm or 12mm thickness as this eliminates any bow in the glass which will affect the sliding action.

How much do sliding glass doors cost?

There are several options for sliding glass doors, and if you use a manufacturer who custom makes them to fit your opening size, you won’t have large unsightly gaps. Clear glass doors are perfect for transferring light between rooms. For a single glass door, expect to pay around £700-£900 for a complete system. The full wall partition above includes fixed side panels and the cost would be around £1500 – £2000 excluding installation.

Bespoke sliding glass door dividing a large open work space and living area.

Most sliding door systems are supplied in kit format so that they can easily be installed by a capable DIYer. The tracks should be pre-cut to size, and the rollers installed onto the glass doors so that they are set at the exact torque needed for an easy slide action. For much larger doors, use a local contractor to ensure the track is correctly fitted.

Here’s our Design Director Clive explaining the system and how easy it is to install.

Clive Sparkes explains about sliding doors

Do internal sliding glass doors need a bottom track?

The great thing about frameless glass sliding doors is that there is no need for a bottom track. In the past, sliding glass door tracks were common and often filled up with small stones and debris, eventually affecting the running action of the system. Modern-day systems have no need of a bottom track and simply include a small lower guide which holds the door in place and stops anyone from pushing it open as they would a hinged glass door. Even for larger doors of 1500 – 1800mm wide, a heavier duty clamp fitted onto the door means that it will not need a bottom runner.

What is a sliding door inside a wall called?

Pocket glass sliding doors are a great way to enclose a door inside a partition or wall. Easy to install these glass doors also have a plunger fitted into the partition so that the door can be hidden away completely. Here are a few examples and a case study of an easy to install pocket glass door for our client. Two stud partitions are created and then the track is installed between the two. The important thing to remember is that the install should allow full access to the rollers at all times. The simple wall system is low cost and easy therefore to maintain.

Hinged glass door with dandelion design
Pocket Glass door

What options are there for sliding glass doors?

The geat thing about using an independent glass design company for your sliding glass door is the choice available. Sandblasted obscure etched glass is a translucent glass which allows light to flood through but still provide obscurity. It is perfect for bathrooms, WC, En-suite and lots more and can be designed so that it has a pattern or an individual bespoke design to it.

Choose from a range of sandblasted glass patterns many of which have been hand-drawn by one of the UK’s leading glass designers Clive Sparkes. Clive takes subjects such as nature, botanicals and the human form, to create stunning and beautiful effects on glass doors that give a unique piece of glass art to any room.

If space is at a premium, why not think about a telescopic sliding glass door system? This clever technology allows two glass doors to slide over a fixed glass side panel or wall so that you can leave 2/3 of the opening clear. This maximises the opening space.

Go Glass are an independent glass design company established in 1978. A team of 15,including Clive Sparkes one of the UK’s leading glass designers. Contact them on 01223 211041 goglass.co.uk