Transparency at its Finest: Exploring the Benefits of Glass Walls and Doors
March 8, 2023
Glass walls have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, and ability to create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces.
It’s crucial to choose the right type of glass door to maximize your desired function and aesthetic effect. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of glass walls, compare different types of glass walls, and provide factors to consider when choosing glass walls and doors.
Glass Walls and Doors
There is some miscommunication when people talk about glass walls. Oftentimes, glass doors are misconstrued as a wall of windows or glass, because they look the same: like an oversized panel of glass. In reality, they are very similar, a door just gives you to option of opening it, while a wall does not.
If you think about it, a glass door is in fact preferable to a glass wall or wall of windows because rather than blocking off one area from another, it allows you to move from one space to another.
So in this article, we will be using glass doors and glass walls interchangeably when discussing glass doors.
What is a Glass Wall?
A glass wall is a large glass panel(s) that spans from floor to ceiling. Glass walls allow you to see into the adjacent room or soak in natural views, all while improving the attractiveness of your home.
Rather than feeling boxed inside your home, glass walls open your home up. They can be used as interior or exterior doors in both residential and commercial spaces.
Benefits of Glass Walls
Glass walls allow natural light to flood into living spaces, brightening up your home with warm sunlight. Plus, if you like to have a view of your backyard or patio, glass walls are the perfect option.
Natural light in the home reduces your reliance on artificial lighting, which reduces your energy consumption. In addition, they can help regulate indoor temperature, reducing the burden on HVAC systems.
During cold winters, you can allow the strength of sunlight to warm your home through your large glass doors; during the summer, you can open your glass doors to easily ventilate your home. In addition to, Panda offers thermally-broken options in numerous types of doors that are designed to be especially energy efficient.
Soundproofing and Privacy
While glass walls are known for their transparency, they can also provide privacy and soundproofing when necessary. Frosted or tinted glass can be used to add privacy without sacrificing natural light, and double-paned glass can help reduce noise levels.
Aesthetic Appeal and Increased Property Value
Glass walls have become a popular architectural feature due to their modern and sleek appearance. They can also increase property value by creating a unique and desirable living space made from durable materials.
Improved Mood and Sleep
What if I told you that glass walls can actually improve your mood and sleep? One study from the National Library of Medicine found that exposure to natural light can improve mood, productivity, and sleep quality.
Comparison of Different Glass Wall Types
There are many different kinds of glass walls from glass sliding doors to pivot doors to horizontal sliding walls. It’s important to know the differences between each type so you can find the perfect one for you and your home or building.
Folding Glass Doors
Folding glass doors consist of several glass panels that fold together on one side of the entryway to close. They create an open living space and are a popular choice for patio doors and other indoor-outdoor living and commercial areas.
Folding glass doors can also come in panels of two, known as glass bifold doors, that are perfect for interior or exterior use. Glass bifold doors are extremely versatile and can add elegance to any area of the home.
Panda Windows & Doors offers a wide variety of folding doors, each of which can be customized to fit any space. They’re perfect for lounge space, patio and backyard access, and these high-quality glass panels can stack together on either or both sides of the entryway.
Multi-Slide Glass Doors
Multi-slide glass doors move along a track, creating a large opening that seamlessly connects indoor and outdoor spaces. These sliding glass doors are a popular choice for larger living areas and can be designed to fit a variety of architectural styles.
Panda offers multi-slide glass doors for commercial and residential spaces. Sliding glass doors are an excellent option for anyone who wants to open up their view and increase natural light inside the home. The sliding glass doors seamlessly open and close and with their optional pocketed design, they can slide completely into the wall, giving you a completely unobstructed view.
Lift and Slide Glass Doors
Lift and slide glass doors lock into place when closed and then will “lift and slide” along a low track to open. This sliding glass door is designed to keep dirt and water from getting inside the track or home. That’s why they are a popular choice for homes with large patio entryways and variable weather.
Panda offers state-of-the-art Lift and Slide Glass Doors that can be set just 3/16” into the finished floor to make them extremely barefoot friendly.
Horizontal Sliding Walls
Horizontal sliding walls are made up of unconnected panels that slide on a track. Unlike other types of glass walls and doors, these panels can be moved independently from one another. The panels can be stored outside of the entryway to create a 100% clear opening.
They are a popular option for commercial and office spaces but can be used just about anywhere to provide the look and feel of a glass wall with the ability to easily transform any space.
Pivot Glass Doors
Pivot glass doors are unique because they hinge on the top and bottom of the door, rather than the side. This distinctive opening mechanism makes them a popular option. Traditionally pivot doors were used for larger doors, but now they can be customized to fit any entryway.
Pivot glass doors are especially functional because the way they open like a window allows you to better control the ventilation in your home. On cool summer days, all you have to do is crack open your pivot door to let the cool air in and the hot indoor air out.
French doors are some of the most beloved and common types of glass doors. These doors contain one or two glass panels framed in wood or another material. They swing open from the center, creating a traditional and elegant look.
French doors are often used for entryways or patios but can be customized to fit any application. Panda offers a superior line of French door systems made from quality hardware that is charming and built to last.
Voyage Select Pivot Doors
Winner of the 2022 Window + Door magazine award for Most Innovative Entry door, Voyage Select pivot doors are for anyone who wants to bring a piece of their travels home with them. Like other pivot doors, these doors hinge on the top and bottom, allowing for an elegant and functional entryway. Unlike other pivot doors, each of these doors is inspired by an exotic location.
These doors unify modern design and durability with the taste of the location they are inspired by. Voyage Select pivot doors are up to 18’ tall and 9’ wide and come in 10 unique design options from “Rio” to “Petra” and much more. In addition to, customization options are available, so you can match these special doors to your individual space.
TS.X0 Glass Walls
TS.X0 Glass Walls are one of Panda’s multi-slide glass door systems. The winner of the 2019 Window + Door Magazine “Most innovative Patio, Multi-Slide, or Multi-Panel Door System”, these sliding glass walls offer a minimalistic elegance that offers unobstructed, breathtaking views.
The TS.X0 glass walls are made of large, sliding glass panels with ultra slim profiles. They are guaranteed to clearly highlight your views and provide graceful character to any space.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Glass Doors
While representatives at Panda can help you through the process of finding the right glass doors, here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind:
The cost of glass doors can vary widely depending on the type, size, and quality of the product. While it’s important to choose a product that fits within your budget, it’s also essential to remember that higher-quality products often come with a higher price tag. Additional customization add-ons usually raise total to the cost.
Glass doors can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Look for products with a high Energy Star rating, which indicates that the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Panda offers extremely energy-efficient products like our thermally-broken profiles that don’t sacrifice design for energy efficiency. These thermally-broken options are available in each of our lines. Plus, many of our systems have been tested to meet even the strictest regulatory requirements.
Getting a glass wall is an investment in your home, so it’s important to select a product that will last for many years to come. Look for products made from high-quality materials that are designed to withstand the elements.
At Panda Windows & Doors, you can rest assure that all of our systems are built to perform even in extreme weather.
Design and Aesthetic Appeal
Glass doors come in a wide range of styles and designs, so it’s important to choose a product that complements the design of your home and fits with your personal style.
Panda makes this easier by offering several design options with each line of doors. Additional customization is an option.
Why Choose Panda?
Choosing the right type of glass windows and doors can have a significant impact on the comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal of your home. By considering factors such as cost, energy efficiency, durability, maintenance, and design, you can find the perfect products to meet your needs. And by ensuring the proper installation of your glass windows and doors with Panda, you can enjoy their benefits for many years to come.
All glass windows, walls, and doors are not made equally, so it’s vital that quality is a factor when considering any new purchase. At Panda Windows & Doors, we prioritize quality and customer satisfaction. Our doors are energy-efficient, durable, functional, and customizable, all of which ensure that every customer is happy with their door system for many years to come.
It’s no surprise that folding doors have become increasingly popular in the architecture and design industry. Folding doors deliver both an elegant appearance and practical uses. They provide a unique solution for expanding living spaces and creating an open, airy feel in any room.
Accordion doors are a type of door that is made up of a series of panels connected by hinges and can be folded or expanded to open or close a doorway. These doors are a popular choice for residential, commercial, and industrial spaces because of their space-saving design, flexibility in use, and variety of materials and finishes available.
Accordion glass doors provide a seamless transition making them perfect for your patio. Learn more about the benefits of folding patio doors.