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Olivia Sliding Door April 23rd, 2018 - 13:25:37
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.
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.
1. Firstly take the slider door off the track and place it to the side. This many require a little muscle, but is easy enough to do. If you are unable, try turning the screws on the rollers clockwise and then lift the door from its frame. 2. Clean the track with soapy water and a wire brush. 3. Take a metal file and file down and rough spots or ridge that are sharp to the touch. 4. Measure the length of the old track. 5. Cut the new stainless steel track to this length. 6. Place the new track on the old aluminum track. It will snap over the old track and then with light dabs of glue, glue down on the threshold. 7. Lubricate the new track for smooth opening and closing 8. Remove the old rollers by removing the frame lock screw, lift frame and then remove. Now slide the new rollers into place and re-install frame lock screw. 9. Re-install the sliding door and test the opening and closing. As an additional note, it might be worth it to consider purchasing a manual retractable sliding door screen or motorized screen. This screen will allow you to keep your sliding door open in summer, but keep the bugs and insects out. These screens will retract back into their housing when not in use, but will cut down on the opening and closing of your sliding door.