Sliding windows or sliders originated in Holland around the 17th century and because of its design and advantages, continues to be a popular choice in construction. Sliders are simple, clean-looking, elegant, and safe, provided you are particular about the installation, quality of manufacturing, mechanical design, and strength.
There are some advantages to choosing the slider as your replacement window, such as:
Energy Efficiency – Aside from being able to slide open, you can also ask for an energy-efficient glass to be used which will help improve temperature consistency, even without having to open or close the window.
Amazing Unobstructed View – Slider windows usually don’t have the criss-cross design across the glass which means you can enjoy the full benefit of a full view and all the natural light you want.
User-friendly – Sliders are one of the most accessible windows to use and clean. They are light to the touch, so much so, that you can push open a window with a finger or two.
There are a few tips to be aware of when choosing your sliding windows. First, be conscious of security features. The window has to be a double lock or multi-point locks, lockable handles, and anti-lift devices. Choose the toughened glass with at least 22 mm thickness and a frame that is welded (not screwed together) with steel reinforcements. You should also be ready to spend for anti UV coating and other frame protection suitable for your location that will enhance low maintenance care. The window rails should be corrosion-resistant and work beautifully, and you should be able to request a demo to help you make your decision.
It is also essential to select a supplier who can give you a good warranty on the window parts and quality. Replacement windows are only accessible if the supplier and installer have years of experience to hone their skills and handle any situation in window replacement. You can determine the capacity and expertise of a supplier through reviews, years of operation, BBB rating, and by talking to them or personal assessment. Trust your instinct but don’t rely 100% on gu. There are some nice guys out there who can sell snow to residents of Alaska!
Finally, do punch in “value for your money” since windows are supposed to last for years and are designed nowadays to improve curbside appeal of a property.