A Vinyl Sliding Door’s Life Cycle
Vinyl has structural limitations that make it undesirable to most experts when it comes to sliding glass doors. Most people will avoid installing vinyl sliding glass doors because of its susceptibility to temperature changes. The rate of contraction and expansion for vinyl can be up to four times that of metal or wood.
In summer when it becomes very hot, vinyl expands by a great margin, making the door to stick. This makes it very difficult to operate. Apart from that, the door will also most likely begin to develop cracks around it due to the expansion and contraction of the vinyl frame. When winter comes, the extreme cold leads to the contraction of the vinyl. Due to this contraction, the door pulls away from the glass, allowing air to slip through. The area around the patio door, therefore, becomes very cold. The amount of energy that your house will lose due to that 1/16th inch crack makes it feel as though a whole brick was removed from the wall. If you have some problems with your glass doors, rollers or locks don't estimate to email email@example.com 24/7.
The challenging part of it all is that this process happens so slowly that you may not be able to notice anything wrong with your vinyl sliding glass door. It is a process that can take years to notice, but things finally become unbearable after a few years when the door becomes unable to lock, and the glass starts to fog up. This happens when the heat of the summer leads to the expansion and subsequent bowing and warping of the vinyl frame.
Due to the pressure that results from the expansion, the long rails will buckle and bow. The door frame then starts to feel the effect. Excess bowing of the frame can affect the latch, making it impossible to lock the door. The result is a security lapse, where burglars can gain access to your home at will because the vinyl door is not functioning properly, meaning that there’s nothing to bar them from entering.
Because the vinyl frame is sealed to the glass with silicone caulk, it pops the silicone loose whenever it begins to bow. That makes the glass unit to develop a leak, letting out the gas that is usually trapped in the glass.
Attempting to repair the fogging may not bring much success, and so it is clear that you will soon need to replace the vinyl glass door. It means in a short while, everything will start to fall apart. The lock mechanism, the handle operation, the rail, and virtually everything begin to lose its functionality. The whole system just crumbles to ineffectiveness.
To be safe from these adverse effects of temperature change on the vinyl sliding door, you will be better off with an engineered wood frame, which will not contract and expand like vinyl. Wooden frames are further considered more reliable because they are maintenance free, and will stay strong and good-looking for many seasons.
Whenever you set out to look for a sliding door, be careful to check out for the following:
- Overall energy efficiency of the door
- The frame’s structural capability
- How easy is it to operate the door
A door that scores highly for all these three is able to stand the test of time.
Although most people usually tend to care more about price when choosing which door to install, it is always better to consider how well the door is going to serve you, and for how long. Vinyl doors have no positive: not in price, not in quality!
There you go! You now know the life cycle of vinyl sliding door, and you can choose wisely.