Are you looking for a space saving, attractive, and functional door that can be used inside or outside the home? Sliding doors are the perfect choice for you. Before getting to know what types of sliding doors are, you need learn to know some basic idea of the doors.
Sliding doors can be defined as a type of door that operates by opening horizontally, using a track that it slides along. Special rollers are used to allow the door to function smoothly, and the door is either mounted on or suspended from the track. Because they do not swing open, they are a great option if you are a little short on space, or if you don’t want doors protruding into your usable space.
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There are several different types of sliding doors available, including:
Pocket doors — these are sliding doors that disappear into a compartment or “pocket” when it is fully opened. Commonly, these pockets are located within a wall.
Bypass doors — commonly seen on wardrobes, these are sliding doors that slide behind one another when they are opened. With this type of door, you cannot fully open the door as one door “panel” will always be in place.
Sliding French doors — when you think of French doors, you think of doors that swing open but there is now a type of French door where it slides open instead, saving space while still giving you the look of traditional French doors.
Shoji screens — this is a type of sliding door that is made using wood and translucent paper. They are ideal if you want the traditional Asian look. Arcadia
Arcadia sliding doors — These doors are glass and rectangular shaped. One side remains stationary while the other is set on a track. The door on the track will open and slide in front of the stationary door. Another common name is the patio door.
Patio sliding doors — these are the standard sliding doors that open onto an outside area of the home, and are commonly made using aluminum and glass, or timber and glass.
Standard sliding doors — these are sliding doors where the door will slide over part of the wall once it is opened. They are a great budget option as you do not have to create the pocket but you do see all of the sliding mechanisms.
Louvered sliding doors — these are sliding doors that use louvers or shutters in their design.
All types of sliding doors can be made from wood, glass, aluminum, “hollow core” materials, vinyl, composites, or even paper and wood. They can be painted, stained, pre finished, or even have a mirror finish applied to give you full length mirrors in areas such as the bedroom.