What are sliding doors?
Sliding doors, like
any other door, serve to move from one space to another, but with the advantage
that the sheet does not occupy space for desiccation, optimizing
Its design consists of
a pair of parallel blades where each slides on one rail to match the
other, or it can be a single leaf sliding on a rail installed next to
a wall, matching with it and disappearing from view.
Why install a
sliding door at home?
Sliding doors occupy a small space, managing to communicate rooms without need of
dejection. They also communicate in a practical and fast way, being
very useful to separate areas of constant communication but that
sometimes need privacy, such as the kitchen and social area, bedroom
and bathroom, or living room and outside terrace. Its design,
regardless of style, is cute and fits any type of decoration and
Sliding doors are
usually made out of glass and are totally transparent, helping to
harmonize spaces and integrate environments. However, it can also be
made of wood marquetry with a glass sheet, solid wood or carved,
aluminum and glass, steel, blacksmithing, acrylic or polycarbonate,
and will always look good.
One of the advantages
of sliding doors is that they create the illusion of wide, open
spaces. They’re also really easy to maintain.
What are the
disadvantages of a sliding door?
recommended in regions with strong winds or rainstorms. Glass doors generally do not provide much security because they can be easily
broken or damaged. In order to be made secure, they must be combined
with blacksmithing or steel doors. However, if they are made of
aluminum or steel, corrosion can damage the rails and make it
difficult to slide.
What are the
different types of sliding doors?
they have the same dimensions as a regular door, but instead of
turning they slide from left to right, hiding behind a wall. They are
ideal for small spaces.
Terrace or patio
they are usually large, double-leafed where each is of regular size.
Usually the two are slid to opposite sides to open as much space as
possible. They are excellent to communicate the room with the terrace
or the dining room with the living room.
the leaves can be two or more, they are of standard size or narrower,
they share a double rail where some slides on one and the other and
on both sides. They are ideal for closets or study areas within the
What are the best
materials for a sliding door?
it is the most common. These doors are simple, economical, of
standard dimensions and they adapt to any style.
steel and tempered glass:
they look elegant and are resistant, can be designed to measure.
and stained glass:
can be adapted to any style and will always look elegant and
Aluminum or PVC and
ideal for showers or to separate the sleeping area from the bathroom,
the kitchen of the dining room or the laundry area.
they are excellent for terraces or any outside area, due to the
resistance of polycarbonate in high caliber.
What are some
safety measures to keep in mind while installing a sliding door?
While a sliding door
can be solid wood or blacksmithing, when used to join environments or
virtually separate spaces in a same area, they are usually made out
of light materials such as acrylic or glass. Aluminum cancellation is
highly recommended when installed in exterior spaces as it is
important to take care of the security. There are the following
options to do this:
1. Accompany steel
doors or stylized blacksmithing: whether these sheets are sliding
along with the first or are rotating. They are ideal for terraces
because their shape can be integrated into the exterior design.
double-glazed and high-caliber steel plates.
polycarbonate sheets, it is very difficult to break.
4. Install an alarm
against vibrations: you can set the alarm to go off from a strong
blow to a simple vibration. It can be complemented with an electronic
key that prevents the passage without the need for padlocks or
Where to put a
- In the closets, to
keep the clothes out of sight and in perfect order.
- Between the terrace
and the room.
- In the kitchen, to
keep the aromas away from the social area. Between patios, when there
are different levels or areas of coexistence like barbecue + terrace
+ pool + playground for children.
- On the balcony of
- In the bathroom to
separate the shower from the toilet.
- To separate the
sleeping area from the bathroom in a bedroom.
- It is not
recommended to use it as a front door, due to the safety factor.
How much does it
cost to install a sliding door?
Keep in mind that the
prices of the doors usually correspond only to the pieces, it is
necessary to add the cost for labor, the safety equipment and the
accessories or ornamental details that you decide to integrate. For
more information, consult with a professional in sales and installation of doors.