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Patio Doors & Moving Glass Wall

GBCI: 0920013534

Understanding the best options when choosing patio doors and moving glass.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v2009

Published on: June 28, 2017

Average: 3.2 (18 votes)
3.22222

About

The new patio doors available to the designer or specifier are vastly improved compared to the aluminum sliders that burst onto the tract-housing scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Improvements include a variety of durable and energy efficient materials that include high-performing vinyl, thermally improved aluminum, fiberglass, and wood.

Moving glass wall systems have taken the idea of patio doors to a new height, with massive openings from inside to outside. The three types of operating styles include stacking, bi-fold, and pocket. Each has its own aesthetic, and some are more suited than others for remodels. All are beginning to be seen in high-end model homes as potential upgrades.
For the architect designing a new home, a remodel, or a retrofit, knowledge of all materials and all operating styles will ensure that the best option is specified for each project.

Objectives

  1. Discuss the basics of patio doors and frame materials
  2. Describe the options for sliding patio doors
  3. Examine the options for in-swing and out-swing
  4. Discuss the requirements for stacking, pocket, or bi-fold glass walls
  5. Identify decorative, energy and safety options for patio doors or glass walls
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America Training Solutions
Raleigh, NC
United States

Leaders

Jim McBride
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