Olivia Sliding Door May 03rd, 2018 - 13:39:33
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 a popular choice for this type of folding door as it is virtually maintenance free, hard wearing and good looking. Aluminum folding sliding doors are available in over 200 different RAL paint finishes which can usually be specified in your choice of matt, silk or gloss finish. It is also possible to specify dual colours with a different colour internally and externally. UPVC Also referred to as plastic or PVC-u folding sliding doors this type of door is relatively new in the market place when compared to aluminum or timber. Due to its comparative low cost uPVC door manufacturers have quickly adapted their existing uPVC door profiles to create bi folding doors in response to an increasingly growing market that required a more affordable folding door system. uPVC folding sliding doors can be substantially cheaper than their aluminum or timber counterparts but there is often a trade-off in design elements that can sometimes compromise the quality of the product.
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.
One can always add mirrors to doors already in place on closets but it is highly recommended that the doors be replaced with a mirrored sliding door kit, which proves better for long-term usage and safety. New mirrored sliding doors are safer in comparison to merely attaching a mirror to the door on the closet. When performing a home improvement project such as this, homeowners should always ensure they do the projects right in the first place. Mistakes can prove costly when trying to install new closet doors, regardless of the types of doors one is trying to install.