Olivia Sliding Door April 06th, 2018 - 16:26:26
There are numerous benefits of the sliding door system: The system allows swinging the doors for opening and closing. Flexible doors can be fully or partially open to enjoy the sunshine and allow air to flow into the home from the outside. A single door can be created with the number of panels, which stack to one side as a space saving feature. The system is easy to use allowing fast, easy usage of the door when opening or closing.Outward and inward options are available with the sliding door system. Variations consist of center pivot options and paired panel configurations. Homeowners should always ensure that they are familiar with the number of panels in wall openings, which will determine the height, and width of the panels as well as the design. There is a maximum limit of six hinged panels with the system that stacks to one side while allowing a maximum width of thirty-six feet for exterior usage and forty feet for interior usage. If you want to utilize a top-hung door system minus unhinged panels, the number of panels is unlimited.
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.
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.
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.