What are Sliding Doors?
Sliding doors are a feature of many homes and apartments. They provide natural lighting and allow freedom of movement.
Sliding doors can be defined as a type of door that operates by opening horizontally, using a track that it slides along. The mechanism used to operate a sliding door is called sliding door gear. Special rollers are used to allow the door to function smoothly, and the door is either mounted on or suspended from the track.
What are They Made Of?
a) Usually, sliding doors can be made from: wood; glass; aluminum; vinyl; composites; “hollow core” materials
b) Sliding doors come in a variety of different designs such as: painted; stained; prefinished or even have a mirror finish.
Types of Sliding Doors:
Sliding doors are used in many applications, including bathrooms, closets, offices, utility rooms, or other areas of the home where space constraints inhibit the use of traditional doors. They are sometimes used to create an architectural effect and can be found in both single and double door varieties.
2. Pocket Doors:
Pocket doors are used in many applications, including bathrooms, closets, offices, utility rooms, or other areas of the home where space constraints inhibit the use of traditional doors. They disappear into a compartment or “pocket” when it is fully opened. Commonly, these pockets are located within a wall.
2. Bypass Doors:
This type has a minor disadvantage: you cannot fully open the door as one door “panel” will always be in place.
3. Arcadia Doors:
These doors are glass and rectangular shaped. One side remains stationary while the other is set on a track. The door on the track will open and slide in front of the stationary door. Another common name is the patio door.
Usually, they are made of aluminum and glass or wood and glass.
4. Shoji Doors:
This is an Asian influenced door that is made of wood or translucent paper. The Japanese have used this style door for centuries. They used shoji doors (or shoji screens) as room dividers or for access onto gardens.
5. French Doors:
6. Louvered Sliding Doors:
These kind of sliding doors use louvers or shutters in their design.