Sliding Door Glossary of Terms

A sliding door is a sophisticated product with excellent engineering and design. As you do your research around aluminium sliding patio doors, you may come across some descriptions and terminology. We have compiled a sliding door glossary of terms with all the familiar sliding door terms to help you understand these modern aluminium doors.

sliding door glossary of terms

Sliding door Glossary of Terms.

Sliding Door configuration.

The sliding door configuration is the overall design of your door with the desired number of panels and in which direction they slide.

Polyester powder coating.

Polyester powder coating is the colouring process used to achieve your desired sliding door colour. Unlike wet sprays, polyester powder coating is a dry powder applied to an electrically charged aluminium section. The electric current passes through the aluminium, bonds the polyester powder and creates a durable and great looking finish in gloss or matt. Our sliding doors are available in over 200 different colours, and you can even have a different colour inside and out.

Sliding door interlock.

The sliding door interlock is the vertical mullion visible when two door panels lock together. For a two panel door, the right-hand section of the left panel connects with the left-hand section of the right panel, interlocking together.

Interlocks are important because the thinner the interlock the more glass area you get. Our AluK sliding door is available with a standard 100mm interlock or a 45mm slim version. Our Schuco door comes with a 108mm standard interlock or a 48mm slimline version.

Sliding door track.

A sliding door has two or more rollers on the bottom of each panel enabling it to slide smoothly. The more door panels you have moving, the greater the number of tracks. Most sliding doors available with single, double or triple tracks to enable up to six panels to all slide independently to their desired position.

Sliding door jambs.

The jamb is each side of the perimeter frame on a sliding door. For sliding doors that engage and lock on the wall side, the jamb also houses the keeps that retain the shoot bolts when you lock the door.

Sliding door cill.

A sliding door cill is just like a cill on any other type of door. Depending upon the site condition the track of the sliding door may need to sit on a cill. The purpose of the cill is to cover any cavity, the damp proof membrane and help deflect rainfall away from the front of the sliding door.

Thermal break.

Every aluminium profile in our range of sliding doors contains a thermal break. A thermal break is an insulated strip made of sturdy polyamide. Its job is to create a bridge between the inside and outer faces of the aluminium section, making it warmer and more energy efficient.

At our Aylesbury factory and showroom, we have our AluK and Schuco bifolidng doors available to view. We invite you to our company to see how our expert fabricators manufacture these advanced sliding doors. Contact us today to find out more. At Bifold 13, our home improvement products and our sliding doors are made by us, fitted by us, guaranteed by us.