Olivia Sliding Door March 30th, 2018 - 13:28:48
1. Mirror Bifold door - These pretty bedroom sliding doors are hinged in four places, making each a foldable region. They are an extremely popular choice for coatroom closet doors. At their best they are stylish and functional; at their worst they can resemble high school lockers. 2. Mirror Bypass - These are positioned at different depths so that one slides over the other door. They are great space savers and attractive as well. At their best they save space and look great; at their worst their pain in the track. 3. Wall Slide - These look like traditional paper, Asian style, bedroom sliding doors but only have one panel that is exposed, track and all, to the exterior of the room. The door track extends well beyond the opening so that when you slide the door back its hangs on its frame like a large piece of oriental art. Much attention is paid to the design and detail of these doors so that the exposed skeleton only adds to the beauty of the room; Quite a refreshing new style.
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.
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.
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.