sliding woodframe glass doors
Anyone have any ideas on a solution for the following?
We have a Florida room that at one time was open, then got bricked up to a height of 2' with appropriate windows in place filling up the rest of the space. A door was placed in the middle.
We originally were going to return it back to being completely open, then came up with the idea that it might be nice to have the best of both worlds, with a 18' wide four-panel section of wall to ceiling glass, wood framed, with the middle two panels sliding back to give a 9' wide opening out to the pool deck. The idea is that we could leave it open during the summer months and close it during the winter - plus having the ability to close it off at will would give us a handy area to sleep visitors who we can't fit into the house under normal circumstances. A few issues come to mind though -
1) I can't find anything stock for wood-framed doors 4'6" wide. Anyone know of any, or would we have to have them custom-made? I'd try myself, but I think for something that will need to hold some fairly hefly sheets of tempered glass, the joins will need to be dovetailed for maximum strength, and I don't have the gear to do it.
2) If we do have them custom-made, any ballpark figures on what 4 sheets of tempered glass around 6.5' x 4' will cost each? Or what the actual woodwork for the doors might cost?
3) Florida code is pretty strict on sliding doors because of hurricane issues, but the code is essentially to protect home interiors from being ruined by sliding doors being blown off tracks. Our Florida room is technically an outdoor area, so I'm guessing that it doesn't count as far as the code is concerned. I'll check with local authorities if necessary. Anyone know for sure?
4) Finally, does anyone know what the best option is for sliding doors under such circumstances? I've looked at barn door hardware which seems like a nice option, though the hardware I've seen so far is pretty expensive.
Any input would be much appreciated.
Andersen has Frenchwood gliding doors in 16' widths(2 fixed, 2 operating), up to 8' high. Doors are up to 4'3" each. Probably expensive.
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