Buying Origin sliding doors better

Our guide on buying Origin sliding doors tells you everything you need to know about the four different patio door versions available. Each one offers a different aesthetic to your property renovation project as well as a different price point.

At Open Living, our comprehensive aluminium patio doors range covers virtually every possible solution for your home. For Origin doors specifically, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide, helping you understand these excellent doors better, their appearance, features and how they can work in your home.

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Everything you need to know about buying Origin Sliding Doors

The significant difference between the Origin sliding doors is sightlines. Then there are different price points as well as how the doors are constructed. Of course, another option is whether you want a low of flush threshold with your sliding doors.

For most door opening sizes, Origin sliding doors provide a solution and these doors come primary for replacement of old patio doors and standard openings in new extensions.

Whichever or our Origin range you choose, you get most features as standard. These include:

Thermally insulated profiles

Every Origin product comes with insulated, thermally broken profiles. The purpose of these is creating a bridge between the outside and inside surfaces of the aluminium profile. Thick polyamide thermal breaks work with our high-specification safety glass as well as general good design and engineering.

For your this means energy-efficient doors designed to lower your heating bills. As well as this you get improved interior comfort in winter and summer.

Durable powder coated finish

Colour is, of course, important when buying Origin sliding doors. However, the finish you choose does more than colour your doors.

Protection of the aluminium surfaces beneath is the primary feature and keeping your doors low-maintenance. With a long guarantee, all your new Origin sliding doors need is a routine clean to keep them looking like new.

Some products also come with a ‘marine-grade’ finish. This is a thicker paint finish used in product on coastal locations or where doors and windows need extra protection from the elements.

For you, this means a substantial choice of colours, but also the peace of mind they’ll last a long time.

Quality locks, hardware and components

With sliding doors designed as larger panels than hinged or bifolding doors, reliable operation is essential. Every Origin sliding door comes with highly-engineered components and especially the rollers. The result is a smooth and quiet sliding door, regardless of size.

Of course, security is essential with most doors at the back of the home. Here, all doors come with multi-point locks, high security cylinders and other protection features.

You also want your doors to be weather resistant. Again, clever design ensures your doors stay sealed and tight with minimal deflection. So even in the harshest weather, the seals gaskets and drainage systems all work together, keeping your rooms dry.

It’s the same for the glass. When buying Origin sliding doors you get safety glass units, double or triple glazed as standard.

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For the slimmest sliding doors, the Origin OS-20 Artisan

When buying Origin sliding doors and wanting the thinnest possible sightlines, the OS-20 Artisan is the most advanced product within the range and also the most minimalist. This ultra-slim sliding door has 20mm mullion sightlines and comes with a structurally bonded design.

Use this product when you want the thinnest possible sightline and a minimalist look. The overall design of this product features sleek looks.

Another feature of the Artisan slider is how it’s designed for the desirable low threshold and the option to hide the frames in the structure of a new extension. The result is a near frameless design with this option.

As well as this, the handles and locking system of this product is recessed into the frame profile with flush design. So you don’t see the handles of this door as you do with the other doors in the Origin range.

When it comes to buying Origin sliding doors, this is the most luxurious product and the most complex in design. The glass has a structurally bonded design meaning it’s made around the glass at the Origin factory. Only by bonding the glass do you get the desirable super slim appearance and the thinnest mullion on the market. It’ll cost you more, but the result is spectacular.

Origin OS-29, OS-44 and OS-77 sliding doors

Then we come to buying Origin sliding doors in the three versions with a more classic yet still modern solution for the home. These are the Origin OS-29, OS-44 and OS-77 sliding doors.

The only difference between these doors is the mullion sightline you get and especially on two and three panel configurations. Otherwise, these doors are exactly the same on the surrounding frame, the hardware and other features.

As their names suggest, there’s a 29mm mullion, a 44mm mullion and a 77mm mullion. Here’s where you may consider each one.

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The slimmest mullion with the OS-29 sliding door

The newest and slimmest in the range, the OS-29 features a semi-bonded design. In order to achieve the strength and rigidity whilst also giving you a thin mullion, this needs the bonded design of the OS-20. However, the rest of the door is dry glazed so it’s still simpler in design and construction than the OS-20 Artisan.

Price is where this door differs giving you just 9mm more at the mullion – one of the slimmest sliding doors at a more affordable price.

Use this door when sightlines matter the most and you want to get the best out of your views.

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Contemporary patio doors, use the OS-44

Where you’re not concerned about sightlines but still want something more modern and thinner, the OS-44 is an excellent choice. Ideal for new extensions, replacement of old patio doors, separating a conservatory from the main room or as an internal room divider.

The OS-44 model sits mid-way in the range and works with most property styles and customer requirements.

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Classical styling with the Origin OS-77

With the OS-77 model you get slightly thicker 77mm sightlines. This is the perfect door if you have timber or PVCu windows around your home with more classic lines and bolder lines.

You get all the benefits of aluminium for sliding doors yet a good blend with your existing windows and doors. It’s also worth bearing in mind many people love the bolder look of thicker door profiles. Some of the most prestigious (and very expensive) German systems come with similar sightlines and these add a great framed view to your outlook.

So whilst they’re the thickest at the door mullion, they have their own unique look and well worth checking out and comparing with the OS-44 and OS-29.

Handle options when buying Origin sliding doors

Then we come to the handle differences within the Origin sliding doors. OS-20 slimline models only come with one option in the integrated handle mentioned earlier.

OS-29, OS-44 and OS-77 sliding doors give you two handle options but all are fixed to the frame and visible.

If the styling of the patio door handle matters when buying Origin sliding doors, these are the options available to you.

Helping you choose the right sliding patio doors for your home.

Whilst we’re confident you’ll love any of the four Origin sliding patio door models available, there are some features they don’t come with. These are:

  • A lift and slide operation.
  • Open corner sliding doors
  • Pocket sliding doors
  • Doors at much larger widths or heights

For these options we have our aïr patio doors offer open corner, pocket and lift and slide operation. as well as other products available.

When you want the largest doors with fewer sliding panels, the Glide-S provides sliding doors at more than 6 metres wide with just two panels.

Get in touch today for your new sliding doors

At Open Living our diverse range of patio door solutions for the home promises you beautiful patio doors in any setting. Contact us today for prices, more information or why not view our doors in our Letchworth showroom.

Every product comes with our professional installation and quality guarantee. We look forward to helping you transform your home.

Published on May 3, 2021

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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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