Olivia Sliding Door February 04th, 2018 - 20:04:55
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.
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.
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.
Aluminum is an ideal choice for your folding sliding doors as these provide better access than PVC, come with narrower frames and have smaller profiles than wooden frames, thus allowing for unrestricted views. If you are working on a tight budget, you may want to go for the less expensive softwood rather than hardwood. However, hardwood is a more preferable option as it provides better insulation and is much more durable, being able to withstand the vagaries of harsh weather. When selecting the rollers for your folding doors, a good choice of material would be nylon. Unlike steel which is likely to cause wear and tear to your runners, nylon rollers are not likely to cause this and are also less expensive and easier to replace than the runners themselves.