What Kind of Glass is in Sliding Doors?
Patio doors come in many different sizes and arrangements. You can have 1 panel all the way up to 4 or more. There are also different parts of the sliding door to consider.
Where to get replacement glass for Patio Doors
Where you get your glass replacement from will vary depending on what you have. Big companies like Home Depot and Lowes might carry a few glass door inserts but they don’t carry glass for sliding doors. Also, since glass is dangerous to manage and move around glass is not readily available to the public. Most glass contractors, also called Glazing Contractors or Glass Replacement Companies will have accounts at glass manufacturers to purchase all types of glass for these projects. We spoke with a local Phoenix sliding door replacement company to see what an average price is for replacement glass in sliding doors.
Prices for Sliding Door Glass Replacement?
Valleywide Glass LLC – Phoenix AZ
“When it comes to an average price on sliding doors Valleywide Glass would say, the most common is a 34×76 and a 34×92 dual pane glass unit. These range from 500-1000 depending on the size and tint of the glass”
Glass Colors in Patio Door Sliders
Most glass that was installed in doors before the 2000s will be clear glass. The most common now and soon to become the industry standard is Low-E energy efficient glass. This glass can come in all common tints like Bronze and Gray but it’s usually a slight green or blue tint. To learn more about Low-E glass and how it affects the hot and coldness of your house readers can search google for Low-E Glass or check out a glass manufacturer like Cardinal Glass.
Sliding Glass Door Frame Types
You have the frame, this can come in a multitude of building materials. Vinyl, Wood, Aluminum are common sliding glass door frame materials. Frame sizes will vary from the standard sized opening of 72×80 to larger and custom sizes. Keep in mind if you are measuring your patio door for a glass replacement job that the glass will be smaller than the frame(it has to fit inside) and also larger then what you see between the frames (daylight) as it has to go into the frame about a quarter to half inch.
Patio Door Glass Types
All door glass will be tempered safety glass. This is because building codes require it. You can see if your glass is tempered by checking the mark in one of the corners. All tempered glass is marked to comply with safety codes and even though your glass will be tempered it doesn’t mean all glass is the same. You can have glass in different thicknesses. For most common patio sliders you’ll have 1/8″ thick tempered glass. As the units become bigger they will likely use 3/16 or even 1/4 glass panes with a spacer or seal in the middle completing the overall thickness.
Thanks for reading and if you have any more questions regarding glass repair near you feel free to drop us a line.