FAQ – What is the difference between in-line sliding doors and lift and slide doors?

You may have heard a number of different terms when looking for sliding doors, including; sliding doors, lift and slide doors, tilt and slide doors, and patio doors. The different terms generally refer to the different types of door opening operation, the different types result in a variation in both their performance and looks.

Sliding doors usually have one (pocket slider) to four panels, of which some will slide and some will normally be fixed. In aluminium, this style of door can incorporate very large panes of glass, with slim sight-lines to give the most uninterrupted views. The two most popular variations are:

In-line sliding doors

A traditional sliding door, where the doors slide on tracks. Operated by pulling the door open by the handle. The weight capacities of this style of sliding door is normally up to a maximum of 200kg. The more the door weighs, the more effort it is to open. Thermal performance is also restricted as the door sits directly on the running gear.

Lift and slide

Lift and slide doors are a relatively new method of operation, driven by the need for larger panels and increased thermal performance. The doors sit directly on the tracks, to operate, the handle is turned 180°, which lifts the door by a few millimeters to reduce friction and make it slide more easily, allowing for effortless opening, regardless of the size of the doors. The door can also be locked into place on the tracks allowing for secure ventilation without the need to open the door fully.

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