Slider Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Written by AnonymousApril 13, 2011

Examining Slider Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Slider windows open by sliding horizontally along the window frame. They are similar to double-hung windows, but open side to side instead of up and down. These windows are often used to frame a view or brighten a room, but they have a number of advantages beyond aesthetics.


The advantages of slider windows are:

  • Minimal maintenance. Slider windows have fewer parts than conventional windows, making them a low-maintenance and cost-effective choice for residential homes.
  • Durable. Springs and pulleys wear or fail over time. Slider windows don’t rely on these components to function, making them more durable than conventional windows. Most slider windows also use window glazing, adding to their durability.
  • Energy efficiency. Window glazing improves insulation and energy efficiency. This will result in lower energy bills over time.
  • Easy to use. Slider windows require very little effort and dexterity to open and close. They aren’t heavy and they glide along the window frame with ease. To use, all you have to do is release a latch and slide the window open.


The disadvantage of slider windows is: 

  • Cleaning. Cleaning the inside of slider windows is easy, but cleaning the outside can be challenging, especially during the winter months. Unlike other types of windows that can be tilted inside for easy cleaning, slider windows only slide back and forth. 

Slider windows usually come with window glazing, but not always. Ask the window manufacturer if glazing is included in the price to avoid paying extra for this standard protection.


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