31st March 2016

Saving Space: Simplifying Sliding Door Gear Specifications

Saving Space: Simplifying Sliding Door Gear Specifications

Continued increases in real estate costs in cities such as London, Shanghai, Paris and Moscow mean space is often at a premium. A smart way to maximise available space is to incorporate sliding doors into your design, thereby saving the space required for opening and closing doors.


It is important to us that our sliding door gear work beautifully with your design as, like all of our products, they feature the qualities that set our luxury products apart from the mainstream.


Considerations for specifying sliding door gear


We know that specifying sliding door gear can be complicated and whilst our technical team are on hand to answer any questions you have, we thought we would take you through the considerations and decisions to ensure that you match the right gear for your doors. We have worked hard to create a flexible solution that will fit your design and make the specifying process as simple as possible for you.


Here are some key considerations influencing sliding door gear specifications:


  • Location: interior sliding doors require different gear to external sliding doors
  • The type of door: straight sliding or folding
  • The material of the door: timber, metal, glass, other
  • The size and weight of the door: height, thickness, width, weight
  • Whether it is top hung or bottom rolling: if top hung, you can minimise the gap between the top of the door and the ceiling
  • The type of mount: if it is straight sliding, you need to identify whether it will be sliding into a pocket or surface mounted (non-pocket)
  • The type of movement: for double or treble doors, you will need to consider whether you plan to have the doors opening with the same movement
  • If both doors open at the same time, will both doors have pockets or just one side
  • Closing devices: whether you require a self-closing or soft-closing device


Our system and its key features


We have recently changed supplier of our sliding door gear, having been attracted by their 75-year heritage of supplying state-of-the-art equipment and extensive in-house capabilities. There are a number of features which caught our attention of which some of the key ones are listed below, because we know these details can make all the difference.


Key feature:  Robust track profiles minimise floor deflection and void interference


One such element is the robustness of the extruded aluminium track profiles which, therefore, require very minimal head fixings and are suitable for all pocket doors.  This makes them ideal where floor deflection is critical, for example in multi-storey buildings.  It also means that the void above the ceiling is virtually free to allow free-running of pipework, ductwork and other M&E services.  The weight-carrying capacity of the system is almost entirely transferred down the vertical frame profiles to the floor.  As an example, an 80kg version was installed with a span of 1.5m, and the head track only deflected 0.5mm when loaded with 100kg.


Key feature: Low visual impact top track minimise ceiling gap


The designer top track can be used for both 80kg and 120kg doors.  With the 80kg door there is only an 18.2mm gap in the ceiling, which increases only to 21.2mm with the 120kg version.  Due to its design, luxury finished doors can be installed in the later stages of the project after the track is fitted and the decorating done.


Key feature: Choice of closing and opening mechanisms for up to 120kg


Our system has a range of soft close components that can cope with door leaves up to 120kg in weight which is higher than the industry standard by 40kg.  They are also available in one sliding direction, or both.  Another option is to specify an auto eject mechanism where the door leaf is installed with its front edge flush with the surrounding frame, and when the front edge is pushed, it retracts slightly before ejecting from the pocket.


Key feature: No site cutting of profiles

Our pocket door kits are made-to-measure, calculated from either the structural opening or door leaf dimensions and should not need any site alteration.  Unlike some alternatives, our made-to-measure pocket systems have all the profiles cut to their specific dimensions or pre-drilled /threaded as necessary so there is no need for cutting, drilling or trimming, which can lead to costly on-site errors and delays.



Other fittings


To complete your architectural hardware specification, you will want to consider:


  • Flush handles and pulls
  • Door edge pulls
  • Locking requirements
  • Brush strips


We have a number of different recessed handles for use on sliding doors, giving you a choice of shape, style and finish.  Square, round, inlaid and decorative – there is a style to suit the rest of the hardware in the scheme.  Alternatively, door edge pull handles offer up a different, more discreet option and again come in a number of different variations.  Take a look at some of the beautiful finished projects in our Inspirational Gallery


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