Who makes the slimmest sliding doors? If you are in the market for one of the latest generation aluminium sliding patio doors, there has never been more choice. Bigger glass, better views, light and smooth sliding even automatic opening and closing are just some of the features you will find in a modern aluminium slimline sliding doors.
First of all, one of the many features found in the current generation of aluminium sliding patio doors is a choice of aesthetics. For these products options suchs as standard or slim mullions and even the new breed of minimalist or ultra-thin slimline sliding doors.
Secondly, aluminium patio doors have many facets in their design, and some come more complex than a bifolding door. For instance, their overall specification, fabrication, glazing and installation too. Moreover, many sliding patio doors achieve panel sizes of up to 9m2 with some systems also exceeding this area by a long margin. However, one consistent message with the latest breed of sliding doors is how slim you can have them. This trend for ultra-thin doors is all to do with the sliding door interlock.
What is a sliding door interlock?
The interlock is the central mullion where the front edge of one sliding panel interlocks or overlaps with the back edge of the other. Additionally, the interlock design must allow for rigidity as well as protection from wind loadings and deflection. Furthermore, with many modern ultra-slim sliding systems, the interlock also acts as a door handle.
So whether you choose an inline, lift and slide, automatic or tilt and slide aluminium sliding door, all doors from two panel up to six or more have an interlock. With the interlocks also being the most prominent feature of a current sliding door, we can, therefore, help you navigate the many different doors on the market and help you find out who makes the slimmest sliding doors too.
Who makes the slimmest sliding doors?
Through extensive research, product knowledge and detailed study of the fabrication and technical manuals, we have compiled a list of the majority of sliding door systems sold in the UK today. We have included all the top brands you may have heard of as well as many other products less well known. Included are both standard as well as minimalist slimline versions showing you who makes the slimmest sliding doors.
|SLIDING DOOR SYSTEM|
(updated February 2019)
|Optional Slim Interlock|
|Sunvista Sliding Door||19mm|
|Air 20 SL Sliding Door||20mm|
|Fenster Fabrications Uni-Slide Door||20mm|
|Origin Sliding Door||20mm|
|PanoramaH! Sliding Door||20mm|
|Greenways Architectural Ultraline Sliding Door||20mm|
|Infiniglide 3 Sliding Door||20mm|
|AluK Infinium Sliding Door||21mm|
|Minimal Windows Sliding Glass Door||21mm|
|System 22 Fineline Aluminium Sliding Door||22mm|
|Infiniglide 6 Sliding Door||24mm|
|Alumen Cor-Vision Plus||25mm|
|Minimal Windows 4+ Sliding Glass Door||26mm|
|Sunflex SVG30 Sliding Door||30mm|
|Schuco ASS70 PD Panorama Design Sliding Door||30mm|
|Sieger 30 Sliding Door||30mm|
|Metra NC-S 120 STH Slim Sliding Door||30mm|
|Solarlux Cero Sliding Door||34mm|
|Reynaers Hi-Finity Sliding Door||35mm|
|Technal Systems Lumeal Sliding Door||38mm|
|Artline by SAPA Sliding Door||38mm||26mm|
|Hueck Volato S Sliding Door||40mm|
|Edgeglide Sliding Door||42mm|
|Air 500LS Sliding Door||48mm|
|Air 600LS Sliding Door||48mm|
|Schuco ASS70.HI DE Sliding Door||48mm|
|AluK Infinium SC156 Sliding Door||50mm|
|SAPA Confort C125 Sliding Door||50mm|
|Panolide Sliding Door||50mm|
|SAPA Crown 98 Sliding Door||51mm||45mm|
|SAPA Crown 120mm Sliding Door||51mm||45mm|
|Kawneer AA3572 Lift and Slide Doors||74mm|
|Smart Systems Visoglide Plus||83mm||35mm|
|Sunflex SVG83 Sliding Door||83mm||30mm|
|ID Systems Grand Slider II Sliding Door||83mm|
|Warmcore Inline Patio Sliding Door||84.5mm|
|AluK BSC94 Sliding Door||85mm||45mm|
|Schuco ASS48 Sliding Door||85mm|
|Sieger 85 Sliding Door||85mm|
|Comar 7P.i LS+||88.9mm||51mm|
|Metal Technology System 25 HI/HI+ Sliding Door||94mm|
|Sunparadise Thermoslide 80 Sliding Door||96mm|
|Senior Architectural Systems PURe Sliding Door.||96.5mm|
|Reynaers CP130 Sliding Door||98mm||69mm|
|Kloeber Kustomslide Mono Sliding Door||98mm||69mm|
|Reynaers CP155 Sliding Door||102mm||76mm|
|Hueck Volato M Sliding Door||103mm|
|Stayfix S3 Lift & Slide Door||104mm||52mm|
|Exlabesa KLS Sliding Door||105mm|
|Schuco ASS 70 HI||108mm||48mm|
|Comar 7P.1 Sliding Door||123mm|
|Smart Systems Ultraglide Sliding Door||125mm|
|SAPA Confort C160 Sliding Door||126mm|
|Metal Technology 5-20 Tilt & Slide Door||149mm|
Our data is taken from research, product knowledge and examination of the various technical and fabrication manuals. Importantly the mullion sight lines exclude four panel patio doors where the two central doors meet together, having a thicker sight line) and slide in opposite directions.
If you are wondering why some well-known big retail brands are missing, this is because many use the above systems or variations of them. This includes well known retail companies such as:
- Express Bifolding Doors using the Italian Metra NC-S 120 STH Slim Sliding Door as their XP Slide Panoramic
- Bifold Direct
- Everest Home Improvements
- Anglian Home Improvements
- Duration Windows
Some choose to re-engineer them, rebrand them or carry out modifications and improvements. We have included some of these exising systems in our table.
Is a slimline sliding door better than the regular sliding door?
The construction of the ultra-slim sliding doors is quite different from the systems on our listing with standard size interlocks. In most cases, the ultra-slim sliding doors are inline versions only. Regular size doors offer inline, lift and slide or tilt and slide opening options. Glass choices tend to be greater with the thicker set doors as well as having more handle style options.
Slimline sliding doors come with caveats and restrictions.
Despite the trend towards thinner sliding doors, it remains their overall size, especially the height, that determines whether the slimline section is available. Many of the sliding doors at the top of our chart with interlocks less than 50mm rely on the glass providing the structural integrity, not the aluminium sections, that are secondary.
Subject to the size, exposure and location, a professional installer will carry out wind load and deflection calculations to determine whether the slim interlock can be used or whether it needs additional reinforcement. The other area that differs from all types of other doors is the factors that affect the installation of sliding doors. To fit a large sliding door can involve specialist skills, equipment and extra costs.
What to consider when buying sliding doors.
The interlock sight line is just one consideration when purchasing a new sliding door. Here is what else is more important.
- A slimmer door may not be the best for your property. Talk to a professional installer for the best advice.
- If you are looking for doors that slide into a wall or open corner doors, not all systems offer this facility.
- The overall product appearance should also be considered. Look at the perimeter frame sight lines too.
- Always view a full-size sample of the product in a showroom or at an actual installation.
- Examine the quality of the sliding action and the door handles.
- Ensure you are happy and comfortable to purchase from the company in question.
If you would like more information about the sliding door systems mentioned or have any questions about who makes the slimmest sliding doors, please contact us.
This article was written in 2017 and is regularly updated as products change and new ones come on the market. The last update is February 2019.