Buying Sliding Doors

Open Living specialist in the supply and installation of a range of aluminium sliding doors for your home. In this article, we give you some tips and advice about buying sliding doors.

Buying Sliding Doors shown in at traditional bedroom decor

Buying sliding doors for new extensions or replacements

Lift and slide patio sliding doors for improved functionality.

Super slim sliders with minimal sightlines.

Patio sliding doors capable of large panel sizes and extra-wide openings.

The aluminium sliding door is now one of the most popular home improvement products alongside our best-selling bifolding doors. The latest generation of aluminium sliding doors is slimmer, more secure, more thermally efficient and more versatile than ever before.

Aluminium sliding doors today should indeed be considered with bifolding doors if you are thinking of renovating your home. Our newest product is the Origin Sliding Door, one of the latest and cutting-edge doors currently available.

Aluminium sliding doors give you all the benefits of bifolding doors such as huge colour choice, high security and severe weather performance. There is no compromise with fitting a sliding door in your home.

Do sliding doors need a hardwood subframe?

No. Earlier generations of patio doors were available with either a hardwood subframe or a direct-fix frame. Today’s sliding doors are available as a replacement for your old doors or perfect for installation into new openings.

Therefore, when buying sliding doors remember they come with single, double and triple tracks. The availability of frame options means a sliding door is suitable for a new extension or an existing opening.

Visoglide sliding patio door

What is the difference between an inline and a lift and slide patio door?

One of the choices when buying sliding doors is how they work. An inline sliding door has the glass panels sliding within the frame and tracks. Inline sliding doors slide to the left, the right or in any desired position (subject to the number of tracks available). They are available from two up to six sliding panels.

Lift and slide doors have the sliding panels positioned behind the frame. The patio door handle is rotated and raises your door away from the frame, ready to slide. Unlike inline doors, lift and slide offer tilt or lift ventilation, more locking positions and more flexibility. They are well worth considering. Visit our showroom to see how a lift and slide door works.

What is best? A bifolding door or a sliding door?

Both types of doors provide benefits in your home. In our experience, larger properties with bigger gardens or extensive views benefit from a sliding door. Smaller houses may prefer a bifolding door as they fully open up the home linking it to the outside all year round.

Sliding doors enable far bigger panes of glass than bifolding doors. With closed doors, your views outside will be better through a sliding door than a bifolding door as there is less visible aluminium. In the summer, a bifolding door creates a bigger opening than a sliding door.

Is it possible to have a sliding door with an open corner?

Yes. Sliding doors with an open corner, just like our Origin bifolding doors are available. These types of doors that disappear into a wall frequently work in new extensions. They feature an extended head and track and a specially constructed wall. As you slide your doors, they move entirely into the wall pocket, disappearing from view.

Are level thresholds available with a sliding door?

The track on a bifolding door is always lower than a sliding door meaning flush floor levels are easier to achieve. With a sliding door, it is possible to sink the track lower to attain flush floor levels as well. However, owing to the different design and door operation, you will always have a slightly higher threshold on a sliding door than with a bifold.

Are sliding doors easy to operate?

Today’s current range of sliding doors uses the most sophisticated rollers and running gear to give you an effortless and highly reliable operation. Some of our door panels can weigh over 200kgs yet slide open with just a two finger operation. Visit our showroom and see how light our sliding doors are in use.

What is a slimline or ultra-thin sliding door?

As you do your research around sliding doors, you may have seen the latest generation of super thin sliding doors with remarkably thin aluminium profiles. These doors focus on providing minimal aluminium where the doors meet in the closed position. The central mullions on these sliding doors are the Interlocks. Some of these slimline doors are very expensive, requiring specialist installation, transportation and handling. They can also exceed the budget for many customers.

Open Living offers the brand new Origin Sliding door, with an interlock of just 20mm. Origin sliding doors give you a ‘real-world’ slimline, minimalist doors with outstanding views outside. You can view the stunning Origin sliding door in our Letchworth Showroom.

For the latest in aluminium sliding doors contact us today.

At Open Living we offer the leading brands in modern sliding doors from Origin, Schuco, Smart Systems and others, to meet your budget, property type and requirements. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quotation or visit our showroom to view our range. We can help take a headache out of buying sliding doors.

Published on June 21, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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