Sliding Glass Doors
No matter what you call them: Operable Walls, Moveable Walls, Open Walls or even Large, Sliding Glass Door systems… These largely popular, awe inspiring architectural glass features require skill to install and never fail to provide spectacular views for homeowners and their guests.
By all accounts, Indoor/Outdoor living is currently trending in the residential market. Architects, designers, engineers and builders are constantly feeding the trend with innovative designs. From opening walls to expand living areas, to creating new living spaces altogether. Designers have recently started utilizing outdoor patios as an extension of the indoor living space. These innovative designs are not only taking the market by storm, but are contributing to the redefinition of indoor/outdoor living at its core while inspiring designers and engineers to constantly strive for something new.
Manufacturers offer a variety of unique options for these complex glass door systems. Designers can choose from sliding or folding glass door applications utilizing framing materials such as aluminum, wood cladding or solid wood. Commercial applications featuring heavy duty hardware are perfect for dividing large rooms. Spaces requiring superior capacity for high volume traffic should also consider heavy duty hardware for functionality.
To ensure these unique, large glass panels glide flawlessly at the touch of a button, designers, manufacturers and installers work closely together from inception to completion. Due to the complexity of these systems, manufacturers offer training and long term support for in field installers. Often invited to train at manufacture facilities, installers are given specific hands on instruction to ensure they are comfortable with the installation process and operation of the sliding door system.
Additionally, each system is thoroughly inspected, mock installed and operated at the factory, to ensure quality and superior service prior to shipping.
When choosing a sliding door system, designers should consider whether the system will be installed in a new construction or a renovation. Weight limitations and structural support issues will factor more into a renovation, requiring some openings to be completely redesigned and rebuilt. In most cases, a system being installed in a new construction will have an opening designed specifically for the system being installed.
No matter what you call your sliding, folding, moveable, operable, open wall, glass door system… At the end of the day, it promises to be a feature you and your guests will truly love.