Metal sliding doors provide you with durability, convenience and extra space. You don’t have to worry about constant swinging when leaving or entering which also promotes safety for people on either side.
Despite the material, these doors can come in stylish appearances as well. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one and learning the methods to maintain it.
Getting to Know Metal Sliding Doors
The most defining characteristic of this type of door is its sliding action. Metal sliding doors have frames that are fitted at the top and bottom by tracks made of metal, vinyl or wood.
The quick sliding motion is supported by plastic or metal rollers or bearings located right between the frames and the tracks. Some models have rollers located on the bottom part only like patio doors.
There are also some lightweight designs such as closet doors that hang from the top or exist without rollers and just glide along the tracks. Rollers are readily adjustable for easy movement and to ensure that the doors stay on track and remain vertical.
The doors generally come in two panels. One or both panels may be movable. When two panels are movable, the area covered by the sliding doors is greater so that the panels slide to meet in the middle of the allotted space.
If only a single panel is movable, designs cover less space with the other panel stationary at one side of the allotted space. The moving panel is then located slightly in front or behind the stationary panel to slide open or close.
Although the doors are basically made of metal, the space between the metal frames can be fitted with other materials for a more attractive look such as glass, stained glass, wood, bamboo or a screen.
Buying and Maintenance Tips
Standard models come at a height of 6 feet and 8 inches, 6 feet and 11 inches or 8 feet. There are other wider configurations that come with 3 or 4 doors extending the width up to 16 feet.
Opening styles also vary such as single or double-opening. Some manufacturers can provide you with a catalogue or list of design options just in case you need modifications in terms of style and dimensions. Custom-made metal sliding doors are not uncommon and you can get the best model that suits your taste and room at an added cost.
Most doors also come with sliding or rolling screens or top-mounted insect screens that reduces that amount of debris that can accumulate at the bottom glide rail.
More recent models have been created to increase convenience and versatility such as the lift and slide technology wherein the door moves up onto the rollers and glides perfectly every time the door handle is turned 180 degrees.
The door returns onto its rubber foot platform when the handle is turned back. The rubber foot has an airtight and watertight seal that keeps external elements out.
There are also the high-tech metal sliding doors that curve around a 90-degree angle, providing a very sleek and modern look with proper light control.
Check the locking mechanism to ensure security as well as the airtight and watertight seal between the doors.
Regularly check the rollers to ensure that the frames are perfectly in place and fit the gliders well for smoother operation. Dust or vacuum the rails as well once a month to get rid of debris that may hinder movement.