A three lite slider is a window divided into 3 sections- a picture window in the center with a sliding panel on each side. Typically the picture window in the center is one half of the width of the window with the sliding panels each making up one fourth of the width of the window. When all three panels are the same width the window is called an equal lite slider. Three lite sliders open from side to side instead of up and down and both of the side sashes can be opened to allow a free flow of air. In most cases, the sashes can be lifted out of the tracks for convenient, easy cleaning. Some manufacturers offer swing out sashes so the window sashes swing into the house for easy cleaning and don’t have to be lifted out of the tracks. Most three lite sliders come with night/vent locks which allow the window to open a couple of inches from side to side giving fresh air with a degree of security. For areas that need something a little tougher than regular window glass we offer double strength glass, tempered glass, or laminated glass as an option on all of our slider windows.
Three lite sliders can be made of wood, vinyl, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or composite. Most three lite sliders sold today are vinyl or wood (with vinyl being the most popular.) The glass paneling can come as double pane or triple pane; with argon gas, krypton gas, or no gas, whichever you chose. There are a number of different types of Low-E coatings available which can greatly increase the efficiency of the window.
Three lite sliders come in a wide variety of colors both interior and exterior (with white or beige being the most popular.) and exterior colors in various shades of brown, green, tan, red bronze, etc are available from many manufacturers. Interior color and wood grain laminates are also available. Three lite sliders can also come with a wide range of grids/grills between the panes of glass; anything from flat, colonial, contour, diamond, prairie, or double prairie. Etched grids and simulated divided lites are also available, as well as mini-blinds between the glass. For those who like the finer things, specialty glass is available with such items as stained glass, art glass, etched glass, brass or lead caming, etc can be incorporated into your window. Let us show you all the possibilities available to you by calling today for your own free personal consultation and estimate!