A Sliding Door is a two or more panel fixture that is considered a single unit. Also known as Patio Doors, it is basically a large glass window that provides enclosure and access to the outside or between rooms. Besides offering the functionality of a door, the glass panel allows for natural light. Sliding are also much more space efficient since they do not need addition room to open or close.
Typical Sliding Glass Doors will have a bottom track to facilitate the movement of the door panels. Though top hung type can be employed it is not advisable if Glass panels are heavy and its safer and more robust to have a bottom track. The one way interlocking mechanism between the panels ensures that the doors provide complete coverage without any gaps.
Just like windows you can choose the type of glass to match your home décor. Variety of glass types are available – Normal Sheet Glass, Tempered Glass, Wire mesh Glass, Tinted Glass, and Patterned Glass. As for frames Aluminium metal frame are best suited since they are corrosion and rust resistant.
Though acrylic panel Sliding Doors can be installed for Kitchen & bathroom entrances, they are also the popular choice for sink cabinets. Glass panel sliding doors are usually preferred for large entrances since they will have at least two panels. Typically for front and balcony entrances in landed homes it is quite common find these.
Top Hung Sliding Doors
In this type, the door is usually hung by trolley hangers at the top of the door that may run in a concealed track. The weight is borne by the hangers which makes the door easier to move. The resulting effortless gliding motion of the door while opening and closing is the main attractions of top hung sliders.
Though Top Hung Doors can get shaky and may swing sideways a bit, it still offers a great option because there’s less floor cleaning effort involved and also elderly friendly (given the growing senior population in Singapore)