With environmental concerns such as climate change continuing to dominate the news agenda, it’s no wonder that many of us are taking green issues into account when we make decisions about our homes. Energy efficiency is a big one – especially as your choices around this topic can make a big difference to both your bank balance and to the planet.

In this blog post, we outline the main issues to consider when it comes to choosing energy efficient sliding doors…

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Why is it important to have a well-insulated home?

Creating an energy efficient home with effective insulation has many benefits, not least the the positive impact it will have on your energy bills. If more heat is kept within the home rather than being allowed to escape via drafty windows or ill-fitting doors, the cost of your heating bills will become lower.

Likewise, any negative environmental impact will be reduced if you choose to install energy efficient sliding doors offering high thermal performance. In other words, selecting a glazing option such as Minima’s sliding door system can prevent unnecessary carbon emissions which would otherwise contribute towards global warming. This means that a well-insulated, energy efficient home can help look after both your bank balance and the planet. A definite win-win.

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What are U-values and why do I need to consider them when choosing sliding doors?

Thermal performance is the term the construction industry uses to describe the degree to which a building retains heat. This performance is measured by something called the U-value. Put simply, the lower the U-value, the greater the insulation properties of a material.

When we apply this to glazing units, the overall U-value is calculated by combining the centre panel U-value (the glass) and the aluminium frame U-value. A low overall U-value represents high levels of thermal performance and energy efficiency. Architects and developers often specify Ultraline sliding doors because they know that our products have a competitively low U-value of 1.2. This rating is aligned with current Building Regulations minimum of 1.2.

This low U-value represents warmth in winter and efficient use of energy thanks to our argon-filled, double-glazed sliding doors. Minima’s slimline sliding doors also feature low-emissivity glass and warm edge spacer bars which bring extra insulation to the edges of the glazed units. The result? Beautiful sliding doors which will keep your home warm and secure while maximising the view.

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Choosing energy efficient sliding doors

Not only do we offer the most secure door on the market, perhaps Minima’s main feature is its award-winning aluminium slimline frames – available in a choice of four contemporary colours – which allow you to fully appreciate your view thanks to the narrow profile.

So whether you’re creating a contemporary garden room or adding on an elegant new kitchen extension, our sliding doors bring you excellent thermal performance, guaranteed quality and a seamless connection between home and garden.

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Minima Sliding: 3 Top Insulation Facts

  1. All of our energy efficient sliding doors have a low U-value of 1.2 which means they offer high levels of thermal performance.
  2. Our doors are made using argon-filled, low-emissivity glazed units to provide effective insulation.
  3. Consistent thermal performance combined with energy efficiency means that Ultraline sliding doors are kind to your pocket and kind to the planet, too.

Do you want to know more about our energy efficient sliding doors? Call us to talk through your specific insulation requirements.