The first automatic sliding door was invented in 1954 by Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton and was installed in 1960 for use by people. A sliding door is a type of door drawn across an aperture. It opens and closes in a flat line, horizontally by sliding, usually parallel to a wall. Sliding doors move on a groove along-track channels fitted at the top and bottom. To ease their movement, sliding doors have metal or plastic rollers attached to the sash.
Sliding doors take up less space than standard doors. They provide options to improve the living space and the environment around your property. Interior or exterior sliding doors are great for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes. They are also perfect for dividing easy large space into offices, meeting rooms, buffets.
Sliding glazing doors offer a larger view area and have less structural demands. They have narrow frames made from wood, aluminium, stainless steel, steel or uPVC. It is possible the glass panes to be wider and higher. The wider clear openings improve the connection between the home and the garden. Sliding glass doors typically consist of two-panel sections: with a fixed panel or both sliding panels. Three-panel doors with different configurations are also common. A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears, when fully open, into a compartment in the wall. Pocket doors are useful for small space and they are a versatile solution to add privacy and function of your interior space.
Sliding glazing doors have a contemporary appearance, they look good open or closed. The doors increase the view and the light in the home. Sliding doors can achieve better energy efficiency rating than the traditional doors.
There is a wide range of sizes, colours, and options to meet what you need. The size of your structure opening will help you determine the best configuration of your sliding door. Standard widths and heights may vary from one manufacturer to another depending on profiles and materials.