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valb 05-05-2014 12:36 PM

Sliding glass doors
Have you gotten any lately? My husband wants new
ones and I'm sort of on the fence about it. He wants the
kind that have the internal little mini-blinds. Any experience
pro or con? We wouldn't be installing ourselves, but
any hints/tips would be appreciated, thanks!

Gretchen 05-05-2014 01:37 PM

We had double paned sliding glass door and our windows replaced back in 1996 using Milgard brand. They have been great! One side of our condo faces the ocean and gets the severe pounding rains. The sliding door and windows never leak. Their warranty is excellent, will repair for free. We've had two minor issues with the sliding door and their service person came out quickly, was clean, quick and professional. Sorry I don't know what you mean by the mini-blinds.

Blanketback 05-05-2014 01:42 PM

My mom has mini-blinds in her windows and I'm quite jealous - no dusting required, and no dogs tearing them down lol. I'd get them if I had the chance.

Lilie 05-05-2014 02:00 PM

I have custom sliding glass doors that lead to my back yard. They are old and require regular maintenance to the tracks. Mostly because the dogs will get dirt into the runners. Once that happens, they'll come off track. It's really a shock to you when suddenly you are holding the glass door to keep it from falling!!! If you clean it when it begins to drag, you are fine.

We've replaced the rollers a couple of times, but it's easy and hubby does it. Again, because of the dirt build up in the tracks.

I have a set of double glass doors with the blinds in them in another area of the house. I love them. Totally love them. Haven't had any problems. If my slider wasn't custom, I would have had it replaced by the doors a long time ago. We priced it out once and decided it just wasn't cost effective.

TheModestMouse 05-05-2014 02:01 PM

My mom has the "mini blinds" in a regular door and they, to me, are awesome. I would get them.

Also, we have two sets of sliding glass doors that came with the house and they don't leak. The only problem is that the sliding screen door that came with it was busted when we brought the house so it gets jammed. However, that is irrelevant to your question so...I say, if you can, go for it!

Blanketback 05-05-2014 02:08 PM

I have sliding glass doors too, but plain ones. I've made my own dog barrier with the screen, by using a metal dog crate panel wedged against it. The screen pops out of the spline fairly easily with just a few muzzle punches, lol - no need to jump right against it. With the panel in place, it's perfect.

kiya 05-05-2014 02:45 PM

I have sliding glass doors going to the backyard. Fortunately no need for window treatments. My screen has a nice tear from Lakota. I have a doggie door for the slider easy to put in take out.
We had an apartment once that we had the blinds on, difficult to clean.

Lilie 05-05-2014 03:27 PM

And a side note regarding the double paned with the blinds in the middle... Being in the south, I was afraid that little eight legged monsters would take up housekeeping between the panes of glass. And when you looked through them you'd get to watch the colony grow.

Not the case. I've had them up for over 5 years now, nothing living between the panes. They still look brand new...well, after I clean the glass. The dogs love to lay against it.

valb 05-06-2014 06:48 PM

Thanks everybody, you brought
up some things I hadn't considered!

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