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Vinyl Sliding Glass Doors - How to Buy More for Less

August 01, 2010

One way to brighten a dark room in your house is to install a sliding glass door which opens to the outside. Installing a door that is 6 or even 8 feet wide can let in more sunlight, circulate more fresh air, and might possibly make the entire room feel more comfortable. Of course door prices vary depending on the type you choose, but vinyl sliding glass doors are usually an economical choice requiring minimal maintenance and are pretty durable. When buying a new door, it's important to get your money's worth, but at the same time you want a quality product which will last for a long time.

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When purchasing vinyl sliding glass doors consider these money saving strategies:

  • Some vinyl sliding glass doors can cost as little as $400, especially when the door is a standard size and in stock at your local home improvement warehouse. At this price, you will probably only be able to choose between a 5-foot wide or a 6-foot wide white vinyl slider, but that just may be the perfect size for your specific needs!
  • If you want a larger sized sliding glass door, or need a custom sized one, you will have to make a special order. While this may mean a few weeks of waiting for your order to arrive, buying a new door this way may allow you to upgrade your vinyl sliding glass door with some energy efficient options. Options such as multiple panes filled with insulating gas, low-E reflective glass coatings, and even integrated pleated shades all help increase the energy efficiency of your home, which can save you money on your monthly electric bills over the long haul.
  • If you are installing a door in an opening which has yet to be built, then you may have some flexibility when it comes to deciding which size door to purchase. If this is the case, then you should visit all the local window and door showrooms in your area and see if they have any mis-orders or clearance items which they may want to get rid of cheap. Sizing a future door opening to fit an already-purchased door might just save you some serious cash!

With a little creativity and some consumer knowledge, you can probably find the perfect sliding glass door for your home and still have some money left in your pocket.


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