Available in a range of shapes, designs and styles, these are generally more popular among contemporary homes, however sliding doors can definitely suit both period and modern properties. We’re happy to give guidance on which style would best complement the existing features of your home or, if you already have a design in mind, we’ll find the best manufacturer to match it.
Security is a key consideration for good quality doors, which is why all of our approved doors have multipoint locking and anti-lift technology to prevent the sliding doors from being removed from the outside.
Our network of approved manufacturers and installers is based throughout London and Surrey. With thousands of quality timber sliding doors under their belts, your new sliding doors will be built and fitted to an exceptional standard and quality.
Whether you choose a hardwood, redwood or a combination of the two for your timber sliding doors, the best option for longevity and minimal warping or twisting is a cross grain laminated timber.
Cross grain laminated timber is created by sawing the timber into strips, and then bonding it back together with the grains facing opposite directions.
When the strips try to twist in opposite directions, they simply counter each other and the frame doesn’t twist or warp.
The lifespan of a quality sliding doors is decades rather than years. The longest lasting and most dynamically stable timber is a specially-treated redwood called Accoya.
It is expensive, but worth considering if you plan to pass your property down through the generations.
Teknos, a world-leading timber paint manufacturer (and our preferred), has conducted extensive research on the lifespan of timber doors and windows.
This research has proven that where timber sliding doors are sealed, painted and glazed in a factory (known as factory-finished), they will last up to 30% longer and require less maintenance than doors that are glazed or painted on site.
Choose from either a first fix or fully-finished installation.
First fix gives you the flexibility of having your sliding door installed into the opening, ready for your own builder to seal in and complete the finishing touches to the interior.
Opt for the fully-finished installation, however, and our approved installers will do it all for you, including making good the internal plasterwork, installing any internal tread board, trims and period architraves.
Extend your painting cycles by applying 3-8 coats (or three thicker coats) of timber microporous paint at the start. We’ve found that, compared to standard painting cycles of 2-4 years, this additional step can extend your painting cycles to 8–12 years.
This technologically-advanced microporous paint allows the timber to breathe and prevents any flaking that you might see with oil-based paints. It essentially acts as a sun screen, preventing the sun’s harmful UV rays from damaging the timber underneath the paintwork. As UV rays are so harmful, south-facing doors will require more frequent repainting than north-facing ones.
You can protect and extend the painting cycles by washing the polluted dust from the external faces with a sponge and water twice a year. And, when it comes to repainting, ensure you use the same water-based microporous paint as a base coat, which can be applied without burning off the old paint as you’d ordinarily do with oil-based paints.
Once repainted, your sliding doors will look brand new again.
High-performance quality rollers and locking systems are essential for years of trouble-free use with sliding doors. Be assured that all of our approved suppliers install top-end hardware to their sliding doors.
Dynamically stable engineered bi-fold doors, combined with modern draught-proof seals, will keep your doors draught-free in the most severe of weather.
The cross grain laminated timber frames are 30% stronger than standard frames and wont twist or warp like standard sawn timber giving you an airtight seal and an easy glide operation all year round. The seals used are of the highest quality from world leading manufacturers such as Schlegel.
The best double glazing for maximising heat retention is coated with an invisible metallic low-emissivity soft coat. This is up to 33% more efficient at preventing heat loss than the industry standard ‘hard coat’ low-e alternatives.
We recommend soft coat double-glazed units with warm edge spacer bars and gas-filled cavities for ultimate performance.
If required, additional invisible glass coatings and glass types, such as laminated glass, can be added to further improve soundproofing, security and solar/UV reflection.
A ‘no-salesperson’, no-obligation emailed quote
A free home visit, if required (for those in London and Surrey)
CAD drawings with detailed specifications for each quoted product
Realistic before & after photo simulations, if required