Olivia Sliding Door May 03rd, 2018 - 13:28:06
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.
Many of people have sliding doors that open up to patios or backyards. These doors are an important part of our homes. They have aluminum tracks that let the door slide open and close. Over time, the aluminum tracks breakdown and the sliding door get stuck. The tracks are made from aluminum, which can become pitted and breakdown over time. Aluminum is a softer metal that it widely used because it is light weight, less expensive and adaptable. The manufacturers coat the aluminum tracks to protect them from corrosion and wear. However, over time the coating is worn off from continually opening and closing,which exposes the track to pitting and breakdown. Slider doors are frequently used, especially in summer month. With traffic going in and out of the house your sliding door can accumulate small stones, dirt and debris can get trapped in track and cause it to wear down over time. Moisture from weather conditions, such as snow, dew and rain can accumulate in the track and cause corrosion. Once these things happen the doors do not slide as easily and opening and closing making it a challenge.
Although the original concept of a folding sliding door dates back over 100 years where they were often used for closing off small storage areas todays folding sliding doors are designed to be high performance energy efficient patio doors using the latest innovative insulation features in both door and glazing construction. Folding sliding doors not only allow wider unobstructed apertures but the increased glass area allows huge flows of natural light to enter the home from the outside which during the colder months will provide efficient use of solar gain to minimise heating costs. Doors are available in a choice of materials including timber, aluminium and PVC-u together with a choice of colours and finishes that will enhance any home.
TIMBER You can choose from a number of engineered timber folding sliding doors including softwood or hardwoods such as Meranti and European Oak. Timber is normally engineered or laminated to ensure it is structurally resistant to warping or twisting and doors are normally available with either a factory applied translucent stain or RAL colour paint finish. As timber is a natural insulator timber folding sliding doors offer the most energy efficient solution when combined with high performance double glazing offering U values as low as 1.4. Timber folding doors usually provide slim sight lines as the individual door panels are normally hinged off each other without the use of additional mullions between each panel and therefore maximising visible glass areas.