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Question Regarding Glass for a Wine Cellar Door:

Dear Glass Detective,

We want to replace sliding doors (wood frame) that are too heavy for us to operate. We need:

1) Good insulation (Jackson, Wyoming)
2) Light weight/easy operation (we are over 65 years old)
3) Moderate cost

In the specs I cannot seem to figure out how to compare how easy the doors slide (weight) between brands, styles, or materials. All help appreciated.

Thank you,

Answer to Question Regarding Glass for a Wine Cellar Door:


Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective regarding your request for help in selecting the appropriate sliding glass doors for your home in Wyoming. Based on the information provided, I am going to suggest you consider either a vinyl or aluminum door.

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Of the two, I almost always prefer the aluminum but only if the aluminum frame for both the doors and perimeter framing are what is known as “thermally broken”. Thermally broken frames have a barrier inside which helps prevent thermal energy loss. The glass should be tempered insulating units and if the door faces east, west or south, I would recommend that the glass have low-e coating for energy saving purposes.

Today’s well-made doors slide easily and should give you years of good service. And remember, you almost always get “what you pay for.” I hope this is of some value to you and good luck with your project.

-The Glass Detective

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Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management. Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon. Find out more about Lyle on Linkedin.

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