Olivia Sliding Door April 16th, 2018 - 10:44:36
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.
There have been various changes on the how doors are made today. From simple woods to precious glass, these are made using several materials and in different types. However, the most fashionable and commonly used are sliding doors. This type is commonly used in commercial buildings, hotels and offices. Even though people have begun using them at homes, the numbers are very less compared to commercial places. The sliding door opens horizontally on a track. The track below the door is responsible for the sliding facility. The main reason people prefer the sliding door is it increases room space. There are many types of sliding doors available today for homes and commercial places such as Bypass, Arcadia and Pocket doors. At homes, these are commonly used as screen, shower, wardrobe and glass doors. These bring glamour and prestige to your 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.