Olivia Sliding Door April 01st, 2018 - 16:09:52
Aluminum is a popular choice for this type of folding door as it is virtually maintenance free, hard wearing and good looking. Aluminum folding sliding doors are available in over 200 different RAL paint finishes which can usually be specified in your choice of matt, silk or gloss finish. It is also possible to specify dual colours with a different colour internally and externally. UPVC Also referred to as plastic or PVC-u folding sliding doors this type of door is relatively new in the market place when compared to aluminum or timber. Due to its comparative low cost uPVC door manufacturers have quickly adapted their existing uPVC door profiles to create bi folding doors in response to an increasingly growing market that required a more affordable folding door system. uPVC folding sliding doors can be substantially cheaper than their aluminum or timber counterparts but there is often a trade-off in design elements that can sometimes compromise the quality of the product.
In recent times, folding sliding doors have increased in popularity amongst homeowners the world over. Folding sliding doors enable you to open up a larger part of the wall which may have previously only had a smaller French door. Folding sliding doors are available in a range of construction materials including timber or wood, glass, aluminum or PVC. These doors may be opened either outwards or inwards. If you do decide to go for glass folding sliding doors, it is advisable to select folding sliding doors that are made from toughened glass which will provide you with adequate security and safety. In certain cases, you may find that toughened glass may also be a requirement for building regulations as well. Glass folding doors are ideal for use as patio doors.
Let us look in to the two main types of doors available today. Top hung Sliding Doors This is the most commonly used type of sliding doors. They are used in commercial places and homes as well. Two trolley hangers are used to hang the door at the top. The hangers take all the weight of the door, which makes the door slide easily without any problems. Track stoppers are fixed on the concealed tracks at both ends. They are responsible to hold the doors at both ends on the track. This type has the maximum weight limit depending on the trolley hangers used. This is the reason most suppliers provide door weights. In simple words, the size of the door matters when using top hung doors.
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.