How To Choose Sliding Doors and Windows

How To Choose Sliding Doors and Windows

Whether you’re building or renovating, one of the most important decisions to make is that of your doors and windows. Doors and windows play a vital role in any home; they connect the indoors to the outdoors, they provide essential light, and they also play structural stability for your home.

Purchasing doors and windows for an entire home are big-ticket items and will take a fair chunk out of your budget. Thus, it’s important to make the right decision; after all, you’re stuck with them for at least 15-20 years!

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we supply first-class doors and windows in a range of styles, colours, and configurations. We know what you need to be conscious of in the buying process to arm you with consumer confidence.

Buying Considerations

There are various considerations to make before shopping for sliding doors and windows in Perth. Most importantly, are the different types, materials, and the energy efficiency offered. So, let’s take a look at these factors.

Types of Sliding Doors and Windows

Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors and Windows

Center Opening Sliding Doors

In terms of Sliding doors, there are traditional sliding doors and stacking doors. There are also bi-fold doors and French doors available in our Door range on Special Order.

Sliding doors come in various configurations including single slider, Single Slider, Single Slider with two Fixed Lites, Single Slider with two Fixed Lites, Single Slider with two Fixed Lites, and Double Slider with two Fixed Lites. These are then available at various sizes. Sliding doors are the most common type of door and are installed usually to living areas and bedrooms.

Bi-fold doors are a contemporary option whereby the panels fold up against one another like a concertina. They come in a range of configurations and sizes and can consist of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and even 8 panels. Bi-fold doors provide seemly integration of indoor and outdoor areas, such as that of a living room and patio area.

Stacking doors are similar to sliding doors but comprise three or more panels, which stack on the fixed panel for maximum opening. They are generally available in a 3, 4, or 6 Panel Stacking Door with one Fixed Panel configuration and in many sizes. Stacking Doors are a popular choice for living rooms as they offer wide openings to the outdoors. They are a more affordable alternative to bi-fold doors and also offer better soundproofing.

French doors are not at all sliding doors but have grown to be a popular alternative. French doors feature double hinged doors that outwards. They come in an array of configurations for optional side lites and midrails. French doors are a fantastic choice for bedrooms, living areas and even entrance doors.

Sliding Windows

Standard Sliding Window

Sliding Window

In terms of Windows, there are just as many options, namely standard sliding windows and double-hung windows. There are also bi-fold windows, awning windows, fixed windows and louvre windows available in our Window range on Special Order.

Windows are a much-needed fixture for any home and can make a massive impact on a home’s light factor, security, acoustic sound factor, privacy, and design.

Sliding windows are traditional windows, which are a staple for all homes. They feature one or more fixed and sliding sashes which slider horizontally to provide airflow. They are available in a range of configurations, namely single sliders, double sliders, center sliders, offset sliders and sliders with silicon joint fixed sashes. They too come in a range of colours and often have additional options for security, glazing, couplers, colonial bars, screens etc.

Double-hung windows feature two glass sashes that stack on top of one another, where the bottom sash lifts vertically to provide airflow. They are a popular choice for bedrooms and come in a range of colours sizes and configurations, the most common being single or double, with the additional options of fixed lites, low lites, and multiple hitlites. Double-hung windows feature spiral spring balancers to ensure effortless operation.

Bi-fold windows are considered a wow factor of many homes. Large, and grand, Bi-fold windows feature three or more sashes which connect with hinges to create a concertina-style design. They are fantastic for serving areas and connecting kitchens to outdoor areas. Bi-fold windows are available in a range of colours and sizes.

Awning windows are dissimilar to other windows are they do not rely on a track or slide. They are hinged from the top and swing outwards like an awning. Awning windows come in a range of sizes with additional lite options.

Fixed windows provide light but no airflow. They comprise a fixed sash which does not open, providing only light to a room.

Louvre windows have grown in popularity of late. They feature louvred constructions, where a serious of glass horizontal glass panels run vertically to the window frame. The louvres can be tilted mechanically or manually to allow or block airflow. They are a fantastic statement piece and are suitable for most areas of a home, but are particularly popular in entrances, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

There are pros and cons to consider for each type of door and window. Some will be better suited for an opening than others. Consider not only the design, but functionality, and also draft.

Doors and Windows Materials

Sliding doors and windows come in timber and aluminium frames; however, based on affordability and maintenance requirements, the latter is the better choice. Aluminium sliding doors and windows require no painting, no ongoing maintenance, and are more affordable than timber. Timber sliding doors and windows, however, are more eco-friendly as it is a sustainable source.

You can read more about aluminium sliding doors and windows by reading one of our earlier articles, ‘5 Perks of Opting for Aluminium Windows and Doors’.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre’s aluminium sliding doors and windows

Ross’s Discount Home Centre are stockists of the best aluminium sliding doors and windows in Perth. Our range surpasses Australian Standards to deliver the highest quality possible. Each door and window undergo vigorous testing, from the manufacturing line through to post-construction, this includes a tensile and compression strength test rig to test durability, strength, and compression, to a load cell capacity of 200-500kg.

Doors and Windows Energy Efficiency

Sliding doors and windows can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, providing you choose for energy-efficient seals and or glass.

There are various glass options when choosing Doors and windows; some offer higher energy-efficiency ratings than others. Our range, for instance, offers annealed glass, toughened glass, laminated glass, toned glass, low E glass, and double glazing. The latter two offer the highest energy-efficiency provisions.

Low E glass has a thin, transparent metallic coating that reduces the transfer of heat or cold through the glass, meaning in winter, your home stays warmer, and in summer, it stays cooler. Double glazing glass, on the other hand, consists of two panels of glass which are separated by a layer of air and then sealed. This layer of air creates the insulation break, which in turn, dramatically reduces both heat flow and thermal conductivity.

The energy efficiency provisions have a significant impact on door and window selection.

The U Value (Uw) measures how readily a door or window conducts heat. It is a measure of the rate of non-solar heat loss or gain through the assembly. The lower the U Value, the higher the resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value.

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGCw) measures how readily heat caused by sunlight flows through a window.

With the most important considerations taken into factor, you can confidently place an order for your sliding doors and windows and prepare for their installation.

Ross’s Discount Home Centre’s sliding doors and windows energy rating

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, our reputation is everything, which is why we stock only the highest quality aluminium sliding doors and windows in Perth. Our range is rated under the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS), which evaluates each window and door for Uw and SHGCw, along with the Visible Transmittance (Tvw), which is the whole window visible (light) transmittance.

You can review the energy ratings for our doors and windows here.

Doors & Windows at Ross’s Discount Home Centre

As mentioned, Ross’s Discount Home Centre are stockists of quality aluminium sliding doors and windows. We have a vast range available and are the only Jason Window stockist to have doors and windows in stock, ready to walk out the door. By choosing to get your doors and windows from us, you can rest assured there is no ordering and waiting period – simply come into our showroom, select your doors and windows from our brand new display, and walk out the door with them!

Our stocked range includes standard sliding windows from just $195, double sliding windows from as little as $425, and double-hung windows from $495. For doors, we have standard sliding doors from $825, double sliding doors from $1880, and double French doors from $2195.

Our doors and windows are available in a range of colours including Night Sky, Silver Luster, Pearl White, Charcoal Luster, Anotek Dark Grey, White Luster, and Storm Front, with fly screen options. You can view the colours here.

You can view our stocked range of doors and windows online by clicking here. Our stocked range features the most common types of doors and windows, but we are also able to take Special Orders for other products such as bi-fold windows, awning windows, louvre windows,  fixed windows, stacking doors, and bi-fold doors. Simply talk with our friendly staff about your needs.

Conclusion

A house is not a home without doors and windows; they bring in light, connect us to the outdoors, and provide both structure and security, which is why it’s so important to choose wisely.

When shopping for sliding doors and windows in Perth, the main consideration areas are the type of door and window, the material of the door and window frames and the energy efficiency of each.

There are many types of door and windows. For sliding door options, there are standard sliding doors, stacker doors, bi-fold doors, and French doors. For windows, there are even more options; standard sliding windows, double-hung windows, bi-fold windows, awning windows, fixed windows, and louvre windows.

The most common materials for doors and windows in Perth is timber aluminium; however, aluminium windows and doors are more affordable and provide lesser maintenance, which is why we choose to stock them here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre.

The final consideration, energy efficiency, is important and shouldn’t be overlooked for design. An energy-efficient door or window can reduce heating and cooling costs, and also improve sound acoustics.

If you’re shopping for sliding doors and windows in Perth, then look no further than Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Come in and view our doors and windows display in our Guildford Showroom. You can find us at 57 James Street, Guildford, Perth.

We look forward to serving you.