With the resurgence of aluminium profiles, Sliding doors are very much back in vogue and have come a long way in both technology and aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for a simple replacement in a modern build, or something more daring as part of a contemporary make-over, a sliding door offers all sorts of possibilities.
With the combination of large glazing areas and less vertical frame, sliding doors are the go-to for people who want to maximise their views – regardless of what the weather’s doing. Sliding doors let the maximum amount of light in, whether they’re open or closed. When bi-fold doors are fully opened, the doors require clearance space, and the reduced panel size potentially means that most openings require more frame to fill it. There is also the consideration of the projection of the bi-fold doors on to the patio or in to the room. With sliding doors that space is not required. Although you cannot open the full width of the aperture, the result is an uninterrupted view of your garden and beyond. Sliding doors create what is effectively a moveable glass wall and they suit any property, regardless of age or style.
Our sliding doors are available in aluminium, timber, uPVC or composite, which provide a number of different options for profile thickness and performance. We can offer any configuration as well as fully moveable corners and pocket frames! Cutting edge design and unrivalled quality ensures that your sliding doors will stand the test of time for many, many years.
Our uPVC range of in-line sliding doors can be used for any replacement doors and can match all of our window options. With a number of colour options too, they can be used in any scenario, from period to contemporary.
The SVG in-line aluminium system offers a standard 82mm vertical profile and a 35mm slim-line option, achieving a 1.6w/m²k overall u-value that is perfect for any domestic application. The nature of the in-line slider does mean there are limitations on panel sizes, due to weight restrictions, and thermal performance.
Our bespoke aïr lift & slide aluminium range is massively versatile, combining higher performance with slimmer sightlines! Options for 47mm, 69mm and 83mm subject to panel sizes and visual preference. Standard u-values of upto 0.95 with triple glazing. Maximum panel weight of 300kg combined with sleek sightlines make this door the perfect choice for your contemporary project!
The brand new aïr 20SL is a minimal frame sliding door with a ridiculously slim sight line of just 20mm! The frame can be concealed to create a completely frameless look and can achieve u-values of up to 1.3. The option of a triple track system allows multiple doors to slide open in the same direction (on 3 and 6 pane configurations only) and frames can be painted in any RAL colour.
The SL 160 from Solarlux takes the Lift & Slide to the next level. Achieving an ultra-impressive overall u-value of 1.1 w/m²k and a maximum panel weight of 400kg the potential is endless! The additional thermal performance and increased structural rigidity of the door do mean it comes with a slightly wider sightline, but if you’re looking for strength and stability then there is no better door.
Internorm’s lift and slide doors are available in timber/aluminium, uPVC or uPVC/aluminium. The triple glazed panels are available in sizes up to 5,800 x 2,800 mm and slide smoothly and effortlessly, despite weighing up to 400kg. They can achieve ultra-low u-values of 0.64 W/m2K making them suitable for Passive House projects.
We also offer a completely bespoke minimal frame sliding wall system, the Cero from Solarlux. At a very narrow 34mm the aluminium profile is just two fingers wide, offering completely panoramic views. The Cero can carry 1 tonne per panel with sizes of 4000mm x 6000mm (max 15m²). Find out more about Solarlux Cero Sliding Doors here.
You may also be interested in reading our blog, ‘The Re-Birth of the Sliding Door’
February 2018 Berkshire, Crowthorne