If you are thinking of renovating your home with a new set of contemporary doors or building a new extension, it is worth comparing frameless doors to slimline sliding doors.
When it comes to choosing a new large span door for your home, there are two popular choices. These are sliding doors and bifolding doors. Our frameless slide and fold doors offer many benefits over conventional bifolding doors. They also offer advantages over sliding doors including the latest generation of slimline sliding doors.
Comparing frameless doors to slimline sliding doors.
The latest generation of slimline sliding doors is also known as minimalist sliding doors or ultra-slim sliding doors. These new types of aluminium sliding patio doors have been developed to address the shortcoming of traditional patio doors that have thick profiles and wide door mullions.
New types of standard sliding doors offer you the choice of door mullion or ‘interlock’ that is now available at 35mm or 45mm. Slimline sliding doors can now provide an interlock at just 20mm.
A 20mm interlock on a modern sliding door is indeed impressive. Better still, frameless sliding doors have no mullion or interlock at all. They are frameless with no loss of strength, security, structural integrity or size restriction.
It is also worth mentioning what is new with aluminium bifolding doors. Bifolding doors rely on the door panels meeting in the middle in the closed position. Typical sight lines at the door meeting points are between 135mm and 154mm with the major bifolding doors on the market. Recently, slimmer aluminium bifolding doors have been introduced with greatly reduced door meeting sizes of under 100mm.
This reduced door mullion is indeed very impressive for a bifold, but not frameless with no visible mullion like our doors. For an authentic minimalist appearance at the vertical junctions of a folding sliding door, our doors cannot be beaten.
Helping you choose between bifolding doors or sliding doors.
A bifolding door has the advantage of opening up the entire opening out to your garden. A sliding door has the benefit of better views thanks to bigger glass panels than a bifolding door. A frameless door gives you both the flexibility of a bifolding door and the uninterrupted views of a sliding patio door, even the latest minimalist, ultra-slim doors.
If you are in the market for new doors and can’t decide between a slimline sliding door and a frameless bifolding door, take a look at how the doors compare.
|Frameless Slide & Fold Doors||Slimline Sliding Doors|
|Typical sight line at the mullion||No Visible Mullion||20mm-45mm Mullion|
|Low threshold height||5mm||Not Available|
|Door Opening Options||Flexible slide & fold||Only Slides|
|Traffic door for convenience.||Yes||Not Available|
|Available clear opening with doors open||more than 90%||up to 60%|
|True frameless appearance||Yes||With specialist installation only|
|Large Span Doors||Yes||Yes with additional reinforcement|
|Typical U Value||1.0Wm2K||1.3Wm2K|
|Transparent Glass Edges||Yes||Not Available|
|Full Range of RAL colours||Yes||Yes|
|Matching single or French Doors||Yes||Not Available|
|Glass door handles||Yes||Not Available|
|Suitable for commercial use.||Yes||No|
|Available with single glass for room dividers||Yes||No|
|Bifolding and Sliding Door Advantages||Yes||No|
|Corner Door Sets||Yes||Yes|
|Open Corner Door Sets||Yes||No|
|Manufactured around the glass||Yes||Yes with limited warranty.|
The other consideration with the latest generation of sliding doors is that they are a brand new product. Our doors have provided themselves in heavy use commercial installations, hotels, cruise ships as well as private homes all over the UK.
The ten-year guarantee available with our frameless slide and fold doors covers the entire product including the glass. With some of the latest generation of slimline sliding doors, you may find just a five-year warranty on the glass units with a 10-year warranty on the frames. Finally, our frameless doors are available with single glazing making them ideal for internal partitions, room dividers or to separate a conservatory.
If you are comparing frameless doors to slimline sliding doors or even other types and doors and would like more information, contact us today. We can help explain the differences and let you view our advanced range of slide and fold doors with all the benefits of a sliding patio door.