Why Choose Sliding Glass Doors for Coastal Projects

Some architects avoid specifying sliding doors for coastal projects when it should be the first choice.

Building envelopes located within five miles of the sea are subject to harsher air conditions including higher levels of moisture and alkaline in the air.

There are common myths that sliding glass doors should not be specified near the sea as materials such as sand and salt would get caught in the track and damage the system.

There is no smoke without fire and while it is true that debris in the track can cause issues, this can happen with any systems and in any location, not just by the sea.

Simply running the hoover over the track every now and again prevents debris build-up and is an important part of maintaining your sliding door system.

beachfront new build home with slim framed aluminium glazing and slim sliding doors from minimal windows
minimal windows open corner sliding doors and structural glazing with solar control glass in a new build luxury coastal home

Glazing in a Coastal Environment – Thermal Performance

Winters by the coast can be cold with winds rolling in off of the sea, and so choosing building materials, especially glazing with high thermal performance levels is essential.

Our triple glazing sliding glass door utilises the minimal windows® 4+ aluminium framing profile with a polyamide thermal break. The deeper frame accommodates the extra pane of glass and insulating cavity, resulting in a sliding door system with unparalleled performance levels.

Argon is a naturally occurring gas that is known for its excellent insulating properties. It has long been used for insulating glazing systems as it is a tried and tested solution for creating glazing systems with high thermal efficiency.

new build home in Dorset with sliding glass doors with solar control glass and a marine-grade frame finish
luxury home in Dorset with marine-grade sliding glass doors and solar control glass

Glazing in a Coastal Environment – Frame and Glass Specification

Aluminium framed glazing is a popular choice for glazing by the coast or in locations with harsher air conditions due to its natural rust and corrosion-resistant properties.

Our aluminium framing can be powder coated with a marine-grade polyester powder coating, and for extra protection, the frames can be pre-anodised before the powder coating is applied.

The sea air has been known to leave deposits on the outer side of the external glass pane, which can mean that glazing systems by the sea need cleaning more frequently. One option to avoid this is to specify the glazing with a low maintenance coating for an extremely smooth glass surface that debris can stick to. 

If the glazing is south facing or it’s an oversized sliding glass door, we would recommend specifying a solar control heating to control solar gain from the sun’s rays.

two pane slim framed aluminium sliding door in a luxury new build home on the beachfront
luxury new build coastal home with minimal windows slim sliding doors with marine grade powder coating

Benefits of Specifying Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding doors are by far one of the most popular systems for high-end residential properties and holiday homes. The design of the minimal windows® systems allows the glass to be maximised with minimal sightlines. The large glass panes and minimal framing can be used to provide clear, panoramic views of the outdoors whilst letting in a vast amount of natural light, giving any home a strong connection to the outdoors. Oversized sliding glass doors and large glazing elevations can be utilised to enhance the design of a building, creating entire glass walls with an ultra-modern and minimal aesthetic.
luxury new build home on the river yealm with marine-grade sliding glass doors from minimal windows
marine-grade slim sliding door in a luxury new build coastal home on the River Yealm

Why Choose minimal windows Sliding Doors?

minimal windows systems were developed over years, utilising the latest advances in glazing technology with high-quality framing and glass material to create systems perfect for high-end residential and luxury commercial projects.

The front sliding pane in our sliding glass doors has a specialised felt mechanism located in the base track. When the door is pushed close this technical detail helps to move any debris out of the way, such as sand. Whilst the track still needs regular cleaning this helps prevent any debris damaging the door.

The flexibility in design means that minimal windows slim sliding doors have a wide range of frame finishing options, glazing options, configurations, as well as options for our aluminium glazing systems to be motorised.

two new build home on the beachfront with minimal windows slim sliding doors
open corner minimal windows sliding glass doors on a beachfront luxury home

Each system is manufactured completely bespoke, allowing the system to be designed to meet specific project requirements. When specifying minimal windows our team will work alongside architects to ensure the system achieves exactly what is needed and more.

Our slim sliding door systems have maximum sizes that they have been tested to, but they can reach large sizes.

We have designed and installed double height sliding doors up to 6m tall, as our team of skilled professionals take into account a wide range of factors such as location and wind load to design a system that works best for a specific project.

 

For more information on specifying glazing in coastal areas, contact the minimal windows® team today.

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