Sliding-doors: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are one of the common types of doors, especially popular as glass patio doors and closet doors used throughout Canada, found in both apartments and houses. They are mounted on a track and glides to the side to open horizontally. With many sliding doors used in residences made with glass material, they provide extra lighting and access to the view, operating similarly to windows. Again, like many other fixtures, sliding doors has numerous options to choose from, and we will take a look at them below.

What are the Different Types of Sliding Doors?

Pocket Doors - Pocket doors are a type of interior door that slides into the wall when opened. Single pocket doors slide to one side while double pocket doors slide to both sides. They are a great way to save space as they can completely disappear into the wall and provide a full door opening.

Patio Doors - Patio doors consists of two panels, where one is fixed and the other slides to open. They require a larger space and are ideal for patios or as a door for the kitchen or dining room partition. Patio doors are often used with a glass material.

Bypass Doors - Bypass doors have two panels mounted on tracks at the top of bottom, allowing them to move side to side and overlapping. They are a popular choice for closet doors, saving space and providing a sleek look.

What are the Pros and Cons of Sliding Doors?

Sliding doors are a great pick for its modern look along with its space saving features. Since sliding doors are often glass doors as well, it can be more like a window than a door, providing a beautiful view and natural light especially when used for patios. The varying options of sliding door designs are ideal for homeowners who desire a more contemporary style of the house, adding an aesthetically pleasing sleek look with this door type. 

Unlike passage doors that needs an unobstructed space for the door to swing open, sliding doors save space by simply sliding it laterally, and may even create an illusion of more space. Also, since these doors follow a track, they are not prone to be blown shut by strong winds, which is sometimes a bothersome problem for swing doors. As one of the most effortless door type, sliding doors simply needs a soft glide towards the side to open, making it extremely easy to use and hassle-free.

However, just like any other door type, sliding doors are not without their drawbacks. Even though the door surface is easy to wipe down, it can be troublesome to clean as the door needs to be slided back and forth. The overlapping area may also be tricky to maintain, as well as the track which collects dirt easily and is hard to wipe off thoroughly. Another issue with the metal track is its potential corrosion and rusting, which may cause the door to jam or difficult to slide over time. 

Maintenance on the track will be needed to ensure the doors to slide properly. Sliding doors installation is relatively more complicated with tracks and wheels, as well as more than one door piece that has to be placed in exact position with each other. With glass sliding doors, security will be a problem since it is easy to smash and most glass sliding doors are used as exterior doors for the backyard. This is a similar issue to glass windows.

How Do I Install a Sliding Door?

Installing a sliding door yourself is not suggested for first timers, due to its complexity with tracks. It is advised to let the professionals handle this task. However, if you are experienced and would like to try it out, the following are general steps for this process. Please note that though some sliding doors do have tracks on both the top and bottom end, the steps below explains the process for a sliding door that has just the top tracks, which are more often seen as closet doors.

FIrstly, measure accurately the size of the opening door frame and check the instructions for advised clearance area above the frame. Also mark up the heights for the tracks. Then attach the door tracks above the door frame by drilling screws into position. Make sure that the track is leveled with the frame.

Move on to the door next. Measure and mark the position on the top of the door in which the rollers needs to be attached, and screw on the rollers after you double checked. Do this for both ends of the door, and for all doors needed.

When both the tracks and the doors are all set, it is time to combine the both. Carefully hang the door onto the tracks one by one. Then install the door guides to the wall, which should be position at the bottom corner of the door. The door guides acts as a stopper to prevent the doors from wobbling and allow them to secure in place. After that, adjust the door rollers to make sure that the doors are in line and of the same height.

Finally, install the bump stops at the centre as well as each end. This will stop the doors from rolling away to the far end in either direction. The bump stops can be installed by screws as well. After checking that everything is secured, in place and leveled, the sliding door is ready to go!

How Much Does a Sliding Door Installation Cost?

Getting a sliding door installed will generally cost an average of $1500 CAD including both the door and installation cost. The sliding door itself costs around $300 CAD on average, but can go up to $1000 CAD for a high quality door. There are some pre-hung doors available at a higher price, but are compensated by the lower installation cost since they simply need to be drilled into the wall. Installation costs for sliding doors will typically be higher compared to passage doors, since tracks are involved and it calls for a slightly more complicated process. Each installer may have a slightly different price, so make sure to do some research and consult.