Sliding Door Installation Chicago: Choosing a Local Professional
Chicago homeowners looking for a locally-owned sliding door installation specialist know to turn to Royalty Windows. We’ve been serving local residents for two decades, and our clients rely on us to deliver premium workmanship, service, and advice for their new sliding door installation.
If you are considering sliding doors for your home—anywhere in Chicago and across the Chicagoland area—reach out to Royalty Windows for:
- State of the art materials and sliding door solutions
- Expert installation
- Superior workmanship
- Full-coverage service
- Transparent, professional communication
The Royalty Windows Promise
Maintaining our high standards takes work, and our team embraces that challenge. We’re ready to exceed expectations with sliding door installation Chicago homeowners can count on.
We respect your vision
Our team is committed to delivering the best sliding door solution—but it’s only the best if we can make our clients’ expectations a reality. We won’t come to you with a salesman’s spiel and empty promises—we’ll come to you with expertise and experience.
Our job is to make your ideas work. To do that, we need to listen to your ideas, and use our experience of premium sliding door solutions to find something that aligns with your ideas.
Our recommendations are based on 20+ years of sliding door installation experience in Chicago. They’re designed around getting the best in performance, style, function, and value—not to drive up your installation costs.
Part of our promise to you is to communicate effectively, openly, and clearly, so you understand the installation process every step of the way.
We give peace of mind
Peace of mind for our clients comes from knowing what to expect from the sliding door installation process—from the standpoints of cost, practice, and style. Our pricing is competitive and transparent, our practical installation process is clean and professional, and we offer industry-leading warranties to get you the style you envision—on time.
Replacing your sliding doors is a big investment, and we take that seriously. So if you’re considering taking this step to reinvent or revitalize your family’s home, we’re unpacking a few things we think all Chicago residents should know.
What are Sliding Doors?
Sliding doors are any door style designed to glide along a track or guide. They have a smaller footprint than a standard swinging door, because they don’t need any additional space to open or close them.
Some popular sliding door styles are:
- Single panel sliding doors
- Multi-slide doors
- Barn doors
- Pocket doors
- Lift and slide doors
- Sliding glass doors
Sliding Door Replacement in Chicago: The Advantages
If your sliding doors are looking a little worse for wear, or you’re preparing for a major renovation or new build, you may be feeling a little anxious about the upcoming expenses. Fortunately, sliding doors don’t have to be a budget breaker. Premium sliding door manufacturers—like the brands we partner with—can design cost-effective solutions that yield amazing benefits for your home:
#1. Curb Appeal
New windows instantly boost curb appeal, which can be an undeniable benefit when you prepare your home for the real estate market. Our preferred manufacturers design fully customizable sliding doors in a variety of materials, colors, and styles—something to suit every home aesthetic.
Curb appeal is never going to be the main reason local Chicagoans invest in sliding doors—but it can be an attention-grabbing bonus.
New sliding doors can deliver peace of mind for you and your family. Since safety glass became a consideration for sliding glass door manufacturing, homeowners are able to minimize the risk of injury from broken glass and stay protected from the elements—like hail, wind, and storms.
Polymer interlaying—which holds your glass together even when it absorbs major impact—also deters potential intruders.
#3. Improved Indoor / Outdoor Flow
Indoor / outdoor flow is the ultimate in modern living. For families who want to make the most of our beautiful Chicago summers, having open access to the outdoors can change how you use your home.
Sliding doors make it super-simple to bring the outside inside. They create a seamless transition from your garden or deck to your living spaces, and glass sliding doors can bring in panoramic views to rival any artwork.
#4. Smart Use of Space
Sliding doors deliver a sleek, slim profile that works with most styles of Chicago architecture. And because they open along a horizontal track—as opposed to swinging open—they don’t need any space. Your furniture can be laid out without having to consider the arc of swinging doors.
Sliding doors are an excellent solution to wasted space behind doorways.
#5. Reduced Noise Pollution
Double glazed—and triple glazed—glass panels in your sliding doors deliver a lot of key benefits to homeowners. One of these is its ability to filter out the noise of the outside world. If you are constantly disrupted by the city racing by around you, noise control in your glass glazing can help you create a quieter, more peaceful sanctuary.
#6. Improved Natural Light
Sliding glass doors deliver the same level of light as floor to ceiling windows—with the added bonus of being functional. Home owners can capitalize on Chicago’s calculated 2,500 hours of sunshine every year, and reduce their energy bill at the same time.
#7. Speaking of Energy Efficiency…
Replacing your windows and sliding glass doors can be one of the smartest moves you make in the life of your home, from an energy efficiency standpoint.
New sliding glass doors offer improved insulation, superior seals, and the newest advances in glazing, to stop the heat and cold seeping into your home. Even non-glass sliding doors use improved insulation methods.
By making the switch to better insulation in your doors, your thermostat will have an easier time maintaining the right interior temperature. In turn, that means less cost in your monthly energy bill.
#8. UV Protection
One of the biggest concerns our clients have about sliding glass doors is also one of their biggest drawcards: natural light. Many homeowners worry that all that light is bleaching and fading their furniture, floors, window dressings, and wall art.
We’re happy to put your mind at ease with this one: new glass solutions can protect your interior from damaging UV exposure. Insulating glazing techniques can effectively perform like sunscreen for your home, and eliminate up to 90% of the suns UV rays.
#9. Lower Maintenance
The sliding door products our team recommend are built to last and—best of all—easy to clean. Thanks to advancements in sliding door technology, you spend less time cleaning whilst reducing the amount of allergen build-up around your home. Because we gravitate towards manufacturers that use UV- and element-resistant sliding door solutions, you also reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and repair work.
#10. Environmentally Friendly
Renewable materials—like wood and some proprietary wood-blend materials—have the added bonus of being durable and insulating whilst being eco-friendly.
#11. Increased Property Value
Many of the advantages of sliding doors appeal to potential buyers when you put your home on the market:
- Curb appeal
- Maximizing interior space
- Energy efficiency
- Increased natural light
- UV protection
- Low maintenance
In fact, you could retain almost 95% of the resale value on your investment.
Things to Think about when Purchasing Sliding Doors
We think Chicago homeowners deserve to know where they’re spending their money—and how to get the best out of that investment. Of course, we’re happy to take the reins and oversee your sliding door installation from A to Z, but these are some points we think can help our clients make strong choices for their homes.
When Chicago homeowners choose a sliding door manufacturer and installation company, it’s important to consider the warranties available.
Here’s what to look for, and what to ask your sliding door installation Chicago specialist about:
- Product warranties to cover the life of your products: what is the life of the warranty? What does it cover? Does your product need to be installed by a specific provider?
- Accidental glass breakage warranty
- Window installation warranty
- Parts warranty
- Glass sealing warranty
- Transferable warranties
The goal of any warranty coverage is to provide peace of mind—it’s why we work alongside companies that provide the most robust coverage to our clients. We’re firm believers that knowledge is power, which is why we encourage Chicago homeowners to know exactly what they are—and aren’t—getting from their warranties.
The best answer to this is probably: it’s complicated. There are multiple components that go into calculating the final cost of a sliding door installation, and we’d be doing you a disservice to throw out a random number now.
Some components that factor into the final quote price are:
- The number of sliding doors you are installing
- The materials or sliding door solutions you choose
- The style of door you choose
- The brand you choose
- The amount of labor required
Replacing an existing sliding glass door is (understandably) cheaper than installing the same door into an existing wall. The former can cost between $250 and $1,650 on average, excluding the price of materials. The latter can cost between $900 and $2,150, and including cutting into the walls and patching parts of the interior and exterior to create a strong seal. This price also excludes the price of materials.
Interior sliding doors can last upwards of 50 years, provided the tracks and mechanisms are maintained on a semi-regular basis. Exterior sliding doors—like a ranch slider onto the back deck—are exposed to the elements, which shortens their lifespan considerably. Expect premium exterior sliding doors to last between 20 and 30 years, with the following caveats:
- Proper installation. Expert workmanship and professional installation help minimize the risk of water damage, leaks, structural damage, rusting, fogging, and functional issues.
- Regular maintenance. Checking your seals and tracks, and keeping those areas free of dust build-up, will help extend the lifespan of your sliding doors.
- Quality warranties. Coverage and financial protection is a valuable sign that the companies you engage are geared towards success.
Choosing The Right Doors
If the hundreds—maybe even thousands—of sliding door options out there are overwhelming you, you’re not alone. Our team of sliding door installation Chicago professionals can help. With over 20 years of local experience, we can make recommendations to help make the installation process stress-free for you and your family.
Armed with all the information you need, the decision about what sliding doors to choose is yours. Here are some factors you may want to think about in advance:
- Budget. This is usually a high-priority amongst local homeowners, and we’re committed to fair and competitive pricing for you. At the same time, we don’t cut corners. An example of this would be forgoing energy efficiency for the small additional cost—a choice that would hurt you and your wallet in the long-term.
- Materials. Wood is aesthetically beautiful, but can come with a higher price tag and more specialist labor. Fiberglass is durable, resilient, strong, and light—making it a flexible, affordable, customizable solution.
- Types. Bi-fold doors, barn doors, simple ranch sliders, and French doors—knowing what style works for your look is crucial to doing well as a builder.
There’s a common misconception that you need to replace all your sliding doors at once. The good news is: that’s just not true. Bedroom sliding doors are typically used less than living / family room sliding doors, so they could last years—even decades—longer.
From a style point of view, replacing the sliding door that leads to your most popular outdoor area—like the place where your kids play—is a top priority. After that, working to replace sliding doors at the front of your home will drive curb appeal for home sellers. The unspoken rule of replacing windows and doors is typical:
- Those most in need of repair
- Those facing the street
- Those at the rear of the home
- Finally, upstairs
Your chosen sliding door installation specialist can design a replacement schedule that works for your needs.
The Final Word
As local Chicago homeowners, we know how big a step it is to renovate your home. We’re here to take care of your vision as if it were your own. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind by giving our people all call—ask your questions, gain some knowledge, and expect the best of your sliding door installation professionals.
Ready to talk about your sliding door installation Chicago-wide? So are we—contact us today.