Regular glass door and window

The interior glass door has found its place in renovated lofts. Most often in a highly industrial design echoing the former uses of the premises: rehabilitated warehouses, garages or stores. Decorators and homeowners alike have been quick to embrace this solution to renew interiors marked by different styles. The glass door blends in just as well with the atmosphere of a country house as with vintage or bohemian designs. It is all a question of finish and installation method. Is this solution right for your home? To find out, take a look at the advantages, disadvantages and pitfalls to avoid, before discovering all the possibilities.

Advantages and disadvantages of an interior glass door

Separating spaces without losing light is the primary objective of homeowners and tenants considering the installation of a glass door. However, are they aware of the weak points of this solution?

Uses and benefits of interior glazing

  1. Separate spaces without confining them
  2. Enjoy new rooms bathed in light
  3. Revitalize and modernize an interior

A kitchen opening onto the living room, or a bedroom with a shower room: some rooms are home to two spaces with very distinct functions. While open configurations have undeniable aesthetic appeal, they are not always appropriate in practice: cooking smells spread, lack of privacy… Rare are the occupants who have not considered the possibility of partitioning. The glass door meets this need for separation without the limitations of a conventional opaque wall. These include lack of light and a feeling of confined space. Aesthetically pleasing, glass doors allow the interplay of natural and artificial light to suit different interior styles.

The disadvantages of glass doors

In architecture, glass doors are distinguished from other glass surfaces by their size and complexity. Today, innovative solutions developed by manufacturers offer relatively simple installation conditions. However, the glass door remains an expensive partitioning solution.

Also, another drawback is maintenance. As with windows, regular cleaning is a must! Marks and dust build-up are immediately obvious on these light-filled walls.

Pitfalls to avoid

Overestimate the product’s sound insulation

If the glass door is to be used as a partition between a living area and a bedroom, it may be less resistant to noise than the original partition. It all depends on the acoustic properties of the preceding materials. For example, 1-1/8″ thick glass and plaster offer equivalent sound absorption. On the other hand, it is hard to beat the performance of the best soundproofing materials: wood, glass wool, rock wool or cork.

Do without the advice and know-how of a professional

When replacing an existing partition, or creating a new one, it is best to entrust the work to a professional. His expertise is absolutely essential when it comes to knocking down or preserving a potentially load-bearing wall. His experience guarantees quality workmanship, avoiding complex and risky manipulations.

Why choose a sliding glass doors?

Opting for sliding glass doors mean enjoying all the advantages of a classic glass door, while retaining the possibility of modulating spaces to suit your activities. The sliding glass door closes onto the bedroom at nightfall, or onto the kitchen when food is being prepared. Sliding glass doors offer great fluidity of circulation between new rooms.

Sliding glass door
Sliding glass door

What are the possibilities for sliding door installation?

Sliding hardware are based on two installation methods:

  • Wall mounted
  • Between walls

With wall mounted hardware, the glass runs on a track. Left exposed, the track can be selected in materials and colors. It can also be blended into the decor to suit different interior design styles.

Invisible, the pocket glass door conceals a glass-like door in the partition. A sober, discreet installation that nevertheless requires more extensive work.

The advantages of a sliding glass door

The sliding glass door combines the advantages of a glass door without the clutter of opening wide. Sliding glass doors open and close without obstructing the circulation and arrangement of furniture and equipment. The wide variety of models available on the market means that many different configurations can be envisaged. It can be with folding sliding doors, as well as motorized hardware.

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