Have you always wanted the best possible garden views and convenient garden access? Newlite provides a complete range of PVCu, timber and aluminium sliding patio doors. You can find out more about our impressive PVCu patio doors or our engineered timber sliding doors. Aluminium remains our most popular material for sliding doors for many great reasons. Here is everything you need to know about aluminium sliding doors for your home.
Information about aluminium sliding doors.
Bifolding doors are known for opening up the entire wall but they divide up the glass with the doors closed. Sliding doors, on the other hand, are neater in the closed position giving you bigger glass panels, more light and better views outside.
While sliding doors are ideal for door openings large and small, you can consider sliding doors for any door openings over four metres as they work particularly well in these bigger sizes.
A sliding door can suit the smallest doorway up to an expansive sliding wall of 12 metres or more. When it comes to the height, sliding doors can go taller than many brands of bifolding doors.
Above all, aluminium sliding doors are better all round than the patio doors you are probably familiar with. Thinner, stronger, more secure and more reliable. These are just some of the improvements.
There is now a choice in how your new sliding doors open. Inline sliding doors are the doors you are familiar with that you slide as normal. Lift and slide doors is now very popular. Lift and slide patio doors are literally lifted onto the frame and the rollers by a highly-engineered door handle. Convenient and light with the option to lock the doors in a partially open position as well.
Choose aluminium sliding doors for the best views.
Slim sight lines come as standard with our range of patio sliding doors. AluK patio sliding doors come with a slimline interlock of 45mm. Smart Systems Visofold sliding doors are even thinner at 35mm. Or if you fancy a luxury brand, our Schuco bifolding doors has a 48mm interlock.
The benefit to you of the slimmer interlock found in many modern sliding doors is less visible aluminium. As a result, you benefit from a cleaner appearance to the doors and better views.
To create a very contemporary look in your home, you can hide your sliding doors in the wall pocket. Slide the doors open and the inline door disappears into the wall. This creates a full opening just like a bifold door. There is even the option of a corner door set. Corner patio sliding doors are very popular and even come with a static or moving corner post!
Virtually any colour is possible with aluminium sliding doors.
If you thought sliding doors come only in white, silver or brown things have changed significantly. Virtually any colour is available with modern aluminium sliding doors, over 150 in fact. The RAL colour chart is an enormous range of colours with many different shades of popular colours as well such as grey. There is no limit to what you can achieve.
We can even cater for the architectural-led and contemporary glazed extension with metallic, textured and anodised shades as well. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
More glass, less sliding panels with aluminium sliding doors.
Did you know that patio doors come in bigger widths and heights than before? Where previous sliding doors had to be several panels for large door openings, now fewer panels are possible. Our AluK and Smart Systems patio doors are capable of expansive widths and impressive heights. And where old patio doors needed four panels for a typical opening, modern doors require just two sliding panels.
The flexibility of modern sliding doors means multiple tracks provide more opening options than before. Panels can slide to the left or to the right with a double or triple track and stack on the one side. You benefit from a bigger clear opening than before, particularly on a three panel sliding door.
But even if you require a patio door for a small opening they are ideal. A sliding door will give you more glass and thinner profiles than French Doors or bifolding doors as well.
Are sliding patio doors energy-efficient?
For peace of mind, all sliding doors designed for external use are thermally broken. Thermally broken means insulated frames preventing cold spots on the aluminium and making aluminium sliding doors altogether warmer. Sliding doors meet or exceed the requirements of current Building Regulations as well. Wih a good specification glass unit, low U-Values and Energy Ratings, you expect from new windows also come with aluminium sliding patio doors.
As standard, you can expect toughened safety glass with a quality low-emissivity (low-E) coating. You also get warm edge bars around the glass units and argon gas between the panes. All this glass technology works with the thermally broken profiles in improving your home with a very energy efficient sliding door.
Aluminium Sliding Door Security.
A good sliding door is independently tested to ensure it protects your home. Most quality sliding doors have a multi-point locking system, anti-lift features built in. If you want to improve the security of your doors even more, consider laminated safety glass.
Thinking about a new sliding patio door? Contact us today.
At Newlite, we professionally install aluminium sliding doors into new openings or to replace your old doors. We can even incorporate sliding doors as part of a conservatory, glazed extension or proch. If you’d like to find out more about how a modern sliding door could work in your home, contact us today.