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Why slide and turn doors are better

When it comes to choosing the best sorts of new patio doors or even internal partition doors, slide and turn doors give you wide door openings, better functionality, and even improved ventilation. Using our installations of both interior and exterior slide and turn doors, we explain why this door design is better than regular concertina bifolds or sliding patio doors.

white slide and turn door in a large Kent house
In the closed position slide and turn are slimmer than bifolds or sliding doors

How slide and turn doors work

The significant difference with slide and turn designs is the independent panels. However, it’s worth looking at the doors first of all in the closed position. You’ll find our frameless doors having no visible aluminium mullions where sliding doors or bifolding doors have these, even with the slimmest 20mm sliding doors. That said, in the closed position they look neat, equally separated but above all have significantly less visible aluminium, even at the threshold.

Slide and turn doors in the fully open position with garden views
Slide and Turn doors have slimmer profiles than bifolds and therefore stack neater

Then it’s worth considering the opening differences between slide and turn doors and bifolding doors. Regular bifolds have all the panels connected together with door hinges. Operating both door types is easy and familiar to users. However, the more panels you have on a bifolding door set and all folding in one direction, the heavier the door set is to move.

sliding patio doors on a large new patio
Even multi-track sliding doors need somewhere to park

Why all sliding doors take up space when fully open

Compared with sliding doors, these too have independent panels. The difference with sliding doors is these sliding panels need somewhere to rest on the track. Double and triple tracks on sliding doors give you more moving panels, but again all of these need a resting place.

Slide and turn doors move along their track, but turn in or out giving you more of the clear opening than sliding doors.

slide and turn doors in a new kitchen extension
Notice how close the kitchen units are to the doors that also open inwards

How sliding doors give you more space inside and out

The independent sliding panels of slide and turn doors have another significant advantage over regular bifolding doors. Whether a bifold opens in or out, it takes up space with it’s concertina action. As a result, you need to leave a clear space in your room or on your patio to open and close them.

Slide and turn doors let you place furniture or ornaments right up to the door glass. Even better, this furniture stays in place when you want to open the doors. Because each panel slides along the track and turns only at the very end, it means you don’t need the space to move the panels bifolds do. Therefore this better door design is especially useful for smaller rooms or patios where you really want a bifold but worry about the space they take up when they open.

slide and turn doors dividing a dining room and lounge
As room dividers, slide and turn doors give you virtually all glass

Even better room dividers with slide and turn doors

When you want one of the best possible room dividers, our slide and turn doors come with single glass. You don’t need double glazed doors inside the home, (although they’re available if you do).

The advantage of slide and turn doors as room dividers is they only come with frame at the top and bottom. The sides and middle are smooth safety glass with polished edges and the look is amazing. You get the same functionality as an exterior door in a product designed for inside your home.

Even better is the super low threshold giving you a smooth transition between your rooms with a minimal step over or we can set the doors down completely flush.

Bear in mind with internal bifolding or sliding doors, most products on the market are exterior systems. Therefore you get the double glass you don’t need, the insulated frames that aren’t necessary, and all the seals and gaskets exterior doors need to keep out the weather. You’ll also get exterior-grade locks, again something rarely needed inside the home, between your rooms.

Better more functional doors in your home with slide and turn doors by FGC

Both our double-glazed exterior or single-glazed interior doors are designed, made, and fitted by us with the finest materials and a quality guarantee.

Contact us today or visit our new Kent showroom where you can see examples of our outstanding slide and turn doors on display in several configurations including open corner designs.

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Ordered Crittal-style French doors in aluminium. The doors look fantastic and are so much better than the ancient sliding doors I had before. The company were very friendly and easy to deal with. They were understanding of my delays due to a flood. The installers were professional and polite and poor things had to work on the hottest day of the year. Would definitely recommend FGC.
Catherine U.
Catherine U.
19:25 22 Jul 22
Really great service from this family run company. We love the doors and the install was top notch. Thanks!
Laura G.
Laura G.
16:59 16 Jul 22
Great service and amazing finish! Would highly recommend!
Info Oad S.
Info Oad S.
11:33 30 Jun 22
Frameless Glass Curtains have few competitors so they could take a lacked approach to their work. However, that is not the case. We have had a porch installed in a space that was not square or aligned. The service from survey to finish has been above standard. Barry’s attention to detail and determination that the work would not be complete until his high standards were met was much appreciated. The communication from the admin side was clear and helpful. So all in all we will be using Frameless Glass again and have no hesitation in recommending them.
D J
D J
14:43 14 Apr 22
Highly competent office and site staff, great product and at a fair price. Couldn't be happier with the entire experience and end result.
paul R.
paul R.
17:07 29 Mar 22
From the beginning to the end, everyone at FGC have been amazing. I knew straight away that the glazing FGC would provide and install would be spectacular and how right that was! The FGC glazing allows our Edwardian stained glass door to still be a main feature and in fact it shows it off perfectly. We are so happy with the end result and can’t praise FGC highly enough, somehow 5 stars doesn’t seem to be high enough.
vanessa C.
vanessa C.
20:41 14 Mar 22
Their windows are second to none. No other company in Germany, UK or anywhere else can produce such a fabulous product.Any issues that has come up, they always come & fix it. The staff are so nice and polite. For a small company they do really a great job over all. The main things are the frameless bifolds that you hardly have any frame in the line of vision and there is a 5 years guarantee. Mr & Mrs Jahedi
Zorè
Zorè
15:13 09 Mar 22
Delighted with our new frameless glass doors. Had lots of lovely comments, even all the trades who have been working on our house have said they've not seen anything like them. Great having something a little unusual. The quality of the doors is of a very high standard. The service from FGC has been very good too, from ordering through to installation. All went very smoothly with no problems. Paid a bit more than regular bifolds, but worth every penny. Best decision, no regrets at all.
Fiona G.
Fiona G.
15:57 06 Feb 22
Very happy with our installation
Jayne N.
Jayne N.
17:36 03 Feb 22
Great service and very welcoming for my father and I. Adrian in particular was very efficient, gave great pertinent advice and guidance on my future purchase!
Andrew H.
Andrew H.
21:45 17 Jan 22
Excellent in all aspects from initial viewing in showroom to actual installation.
Des P.
Des P.
09:21 22 Dec 21
Excellent service and product from FGC.I have a glass-box conservatory, built with structural glass about 20 years ago. The 2 sliding doors needed replacing, along with 2 side panels, and I contacted dozens of companies selling conservatory doors and none of them were prepared to install their doors because of the perceived risks of working with structural glass.Then I found FGC who, with no fuss at all, carried out a survey, provided a very reasonable quote for the doors/panels and then installed the doors/panels on the agreed date.Communication with the FGC office was always quick and easy. The surveyor and installation team were efficient and courteous. The product works beautifully.We can now use our conservatory again. Thanks FGC.
Tony
Tony
08:03 09 Nov 21
Great company with excellent, friendly and responsive service, the guys were helpful and efficient with the installation and the slide and turn doors are a fantastic product.
Arun S.
Arun S.
16:52 23 Oct 21
Fantastic service from start to finish, from the surveying, contact with office to the workmen. I have experience through work of a number of companies providing similar products and these guys have been by far the best to deal with
Matt G.
Matt G.
14:12 10 Jun 21
FGC installed a two-panel frameless glass door at our property yesterday. Wow!! the installation is exactly as discussed, and was carried out by two of FGC's team members who were so professional and courteous. They were excellent, and we have no hesitation in recommending FGC and their team to anyone considering such an installation.We are delighted with the installation, and very pleased we chose FGC.Well done FGC!!
David W H.
David W H.
07:31 10 Jun 21
The quality of the windows / doors are second to none.The customer service was first class from placing the order to installation we were kept informed at every step.The installation team led by Richard left our house and patio cleaner than when they arrivedI would recommend FGC 100%Tony- Burnley
Border S.
Border S.
16:19 28 May 21
From start to finish everything was excellent.Fab u lasThank you
Stephen H.
Stephen H.
20:09 27 May 21
BRILLIANT SERVICE FROM START TO FINISHHighly recommended.
Stephen O.
Stephen O.
09:01 21 May 21
We purchased a beautiful Origin sliding door and side window from FGC. FGC installed the sliding door and window on time, however the sliding door did not fit correctly. Issues can happen. FGC made the process of re-surveying and re-installation very simple. FGC is a very pleasant and professional company to deal with. We are very happy with their service and would strongly recommend them.
Nathan P.
Nathan P.
17:45 20 May 21
I love my doors! It’s transformed my place. The people are great, no nonsense, organised and efficient. I’d recommend them to anyone
Darius C.
Darius C.
12:29 05 May 21
Excellent planning and product advice. All the staff were polite courteous and friendly.On the day of the installation, the team arrived bang on time -we live in Wales so a long drive from Kent! They had the job done by lunchtime (fitting a sliding patio door) and I have to say that on first impression of the unit, it looks and feels like solid quality.
Adrian W.
Adrian W.
12:15 13 Apr 21
We had a 5m stretch of these wonderful doors installed several years ago and have been very happy with the uninterrupted view of the garden that they allow from the living room. They are admired by every tradesman who sees them. A minor problem we experienced with water ingress last year was promptly and effectively resolved, and the doors were serviced for free at the same time.
Ian J.
Ian J.
15:06 26 Feb 21
Great staff and great products! Have visited the showroom to view doors, really loved all of them! Have referred to a friend - Can't recommend enough
Elly B
Elly B
14:53 22 Sep 20
Really great doors. Really are something different. Expensive, but you really pay for what you get here.
Adam F.
Adam F.
12:56 10 Aug 19
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What our customers say

Professional, diligent and friendly with it

Dealing with FGC has been a straightforward and hassle free experience from start to finish. I had several queries long before placing an order and FGC were always prompt and helpful with the responses. Then at site survey time they attended on time, with courtesy calls leading up to the appointment to keep me advised,

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Small maintenance issue

We had a small issue with the opening door, we contacted FGC and they arranged for a team to come. They sorted the issue very quickly then cleaned the runners and door seals, fully tested the operation of the doors and carried an additional mod on the door handle. All done and dusted with an

Keith Delderfield
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Unfailingly Helpful

It is a good time to say to you that while we still very much the windows, the ease of opening, the views closed or open, now that the weather has turned colder we have been struck quick dramatically by the improvement in insulation.  The large windows here that you/we have replaced were double glazed

Fantastic company.

Thank you for supply and fitting the beautiful bi folding doors to one of our bespoke projects. Customer service has been second to none. Timescales have all been met as promised. Would definitely use this company again in the future.

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Mr & Mrs M – Kingswood, Surrey

I am quite happy to recommend your company to any prospective clients. You have my contact details and you can pass them on if you wish. We are also happy to be on your list of completed installations.   The installation team were very good clean, tidy and polite.   It all started with our

Glass Curtains

Had to call FGC to come and undertake first maintenance visit of 5m curtain installation from 2013. Excellent friendly service and all seals repaired within an hour. Learnt need to silicone spray the seals as well as the floor track. Been a great purchase and very pleased.

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Simon E

Courtesy and Efficiency

Somewhat belatedly may I thank your team for your no quibble, courtesy and efficiency in fixing the problem with my door. All down here are most impressed! Thank you for your input into all this. MBH, Essex

MBH, Essex

If you want to add some wow factor……!

From initial enquiry to final fitting, everyone at FGC was professional and inspired confidence. My questions were answered swiftly and fully and the doors were delivered on schedule. The new doors look fabulous and definitely give the kitchen the wow factor. With the lovely narrow divisions between the three panels, every other bifold or sliding

Anna Stowe
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Mr A – Leavesden

With regards to feedback, the pre-sales advice and support from Adrian was excellent and we found it really valuable to visit the factory and see the demonstration doors. Furthermore, the installers were very professional, on time, polite, tidy, hard working and went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable operating the doors before

With competence and courtesy

Unit has been replaced thank you, once again I find FGC have responded to a problem with a no quibble replacement, it is good to know that there is still companies left who honour their guarantee in the proper manner and send installation teams that carry out their work in a professional manner with competence

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Mr M K @ Saffron Walden

A heartfelt thank you from us. We knew we wanted something a bit special to set off our extension, which has been absolutely essential in making our new home work for the family. We scoured the internet for something that would allow an uninterupted view of the planned garden but would also allow us to

Mr H @ Baldock

The service I received from FGD was professional and prompt from the initial on site survey through to installation and completion. Added to this the finished product has exceeded my expectations. It has enhanced my home with style and individuality, and enabled me to make use of the space in a way that is ‘unique’.

Published on July 30, 2021

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