Olivia Sliding Door April 16th, 2018 - 10:34:08
Adapting bulky wide uPVC steel reinforced profiles that were originally designed for traditional hinged external doors meant glass sight lines were considerably reduced and the doors used ugly face fixed hinges and exposed gearing which also sometimes posed a security hazard. However, some manufacturers have started to introduce the next generation of uPVC folding doors using slimmer profiles and concealed gearing that compare favourably with those of timber and aluminium. Heavy steel profile reinforcement is starting to be replaced by lighter yet stronger recycled composite material that is also much more energy efficient.
The huge growth in demand for folding sliding doors over the last two or three years has led to a rapid increase in the choice of door systems available for the consumer. Also referred to as bi fold doors, bi folding doors, multi fold doors and concertina doors they are best known as folding sliding doors because of the opening action itself. This type of door can provide unobstructed openings of up to 6 metres and sometime more as the panels simply fold, slide and stack neatly to one side or both sides of the aperture. Folding sliding doors are an ideal replacement for existing French or sliding patio doors where they can literally transform the existing opening and open up the room to the outside. This type of bi folding door is now becoming the most sought after door style for new build and home extensions whilst also proving a popular upgrade choice for homeowners adding a conservatory to their property due to their ability to seamlessly merge the new conservatory with the garden effectively bringing the outside inside.
The hardware system of a sliding door system is innovative and simple to use. The design of the hardware enables large doors to appear the same as standard sized doors. This is important for easy handling and conformability, which homeowners crave. The hardware of this system separates the sliding feature and the locking actions of the doors while allowing the large doors open and close easily. The door system easily locks while engaging the weather stripping, which keeps the bad weather outside, and the interior dry. The main door panel for this system unlocks the doors while lifting off the weather stripping with the rollers in the system. Homeowners tend to worry about the weight support of this product but the top track supports the weight of the door so you do not have to worry about doors crashing down due to weight issues. The sliding door system is manufactured to operate on tracks, which are installed on the sill or the head. The door panels are hinged together with sliding and folding hardware that allows for swinging the panels open or closed. The panels can even be folded back into other panels with this system as well. Homeowners will not be disappointed with the investment into this type of door system for their home. Not only is the product affordable but it also allows for creativity and flair in combining the outdoors with the indoors. Once installed in the home, it also increases the homes value and is great if one ever want to place your home on the market.
Install slide locking bar - After a long day of automatic door operations, you will need to lock up your doors and have a peaceful nights sleep. By installing a slide locking bar to your sliding doors, you will take security a level higher in your premises. This is usually a metal bar or wood dowel cut to fit on bottom door track. When fitted, it prevents the door open even with the latching lock removed or damaged. Most new sliding door models come secured along the length of the frame so they are more secure even with all the convenience they offer. Maintain and care for the rollers and door tracks - Remember that sliding doors rely on rollers to move back and forth and if they get damaged, then it will be hard for the doors to operate smoothly. Clear out any debris and dirt along the tracks and make any size adjustments if need be. Some of these doors come with adjustment holes on top or bottom edges and you can easily compress or expand the rollers for a smoother operation. The tracks should always be in top shape so it does not become easy for intruders to lift doors off the track and bypassing locks you may have present.