Olivia Sliding Door April 22nd, 2018 - 14:31:26
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.
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.
Not all patio doors are designed for outdoor use. The purpose of the interior type is to join one room to another. They separate one room from another when closed and offer access to the rooms when opened. Single or Multiple Glass Panes True French doors feature several glass panes divided by muntins made from wood. The glass panes are built separately. In other words, if you place an order for one with 10 wooden doors, they will build it with 10 individual panes, and the panes will be inserted independently. If you want, you can go for this type, but the majority of vendors sell ones with panes that are divided by faux. They feature snap-in wooden grilles, and look very beautiful. However, the cost of making them is lesser. Plus, they are easier to clean when compared to the true divided panes.
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.