Olivia Sliding Door April 23rd, 2018 - 12:45:57
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.
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.
Timber is a natural sustainable material that is very energy efficient but will require regular maintenance over the life time of the door to maintain their stain or paint finish. ALUMINIUM Aluminium folding sliding doors are normally manufactured from durable, strong thermally broken aluminium profiles that have specifically been designed for the purpose. These systems have been in use for several years in both domestic and commercial installations such as restaurants and hotels. Most systems utilise bottom rolling gear so all the weight is carried at the bottom with guide rollers at the top and panels are often connected to sliding and floating mullions which help ensure the door operates smoothly and effortlessly.