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What are the different types of sliding doors?

The earliest examples of the sliding doors could be found in the Japanese homes. They were once considered an essential feature of the residential buildings. Variations of sliding doors were also seen in the residential buildings of the other parts of the world. Change in tastes, however, forced them to the oblivion in the last century. But sliding doors are making a huge comeback. The many obvious benefits of the sliding doors brought them back under the limelight.

Unlike the conventional panel doors, sliding doors don’t take up added space when open. Sliding glass doors can be used to design a breezy and flowing living space. They make the interior look more spacious than it actually is. Besides, sliding glass doors don’t inhibit the flow of light. They are perfectly suited for the small apartments of Singapore as well as the spacious bungalows of the suburbs. Sliding doors boast of a variety of styles. The commonest ones include the following:

Pocket doors – Pocket doors were a familiar feature in the homes built in early 20th century and before that. They have regained their lost charm in the recent time. When opened, pocket doors slide inside an opening in the wall. A wall hung design is also available for this type of doors. You may use them in a room where building a compartment inside the wall is not possible.

Screen doors – This type of door is very common in warm weather countries. They are also known as storm doors. This type of doors screens the airborne debris out of the interiors. They are installed as exterior doors in the modern homes of Singapore.

Sliding glass doors – Sliding glass doors are contemporary version of early Japanese doors with Shoji or Fusuma panels. Since their introduction in Europe, they have played a significant role in modernist architecture and design. They are very popular for a multiple reasons. They help you design a light filled and spacious living area devoid of any visual obstruction. They can effectively reduce noise pollution in modern buildings which come as huge blessings for the homeowners living in the busiest part of the city. Sliding glass doors can have frames made of wood, vinyl or aluminium.

Modern patio doors are a simple variation of the sliding glass doors. They allow you to gain a view of the surrounding city right from your living room, dining area or bedroom. Besides, they fill the interiors with natural sunlight. For greater privacy, you may install patio doors made of frosted glass panels. Sliding doors are also installed in the shower and dressing rooms. The scarcity of space in these areas of the home makes them an ideal choice.

Pros and cons of a sliding door

Sliding doors can be installed as an exterior door. They are suitable as the interior doors of a building as well. In both the cases, they help you maintain a clean and hygienic interior environment. This is particularly true for sliding glass and wooden doors which perform a commendable job of screening suspended dust particles from the interiors. Their presence improves the acoustical qualities of the interiors. They also provide better insulation to the interior than some other door types. Sliding doors are affordable. It saves space in small homes. You may enjoy an excellent view of the city’s vista through your sliding glass doors.

When not installed properly there may be difficulties in opening or closing the doors. So it is better to hire a professional door installer to perform the job. You need to take regular care of the rail system. Dust affected rail system will make it difficult to move the doors smoothly. Sliding wooden doors could be heavy and difficult to move for the aged members of the family. They are not the most secure type of doors. Panel doors can be secured with more efficient locking systems.

Which hardware should I buy for my sliding door?

The rail system is an integral part of a sliding door. Buy quality slide rails made of aluminium or steel alloy and allow the doors to function smoothly. Choose matching door knobs or handles for your sliding door. Install sliding door locks for greater security and privacy of the interiors. Buy specialised door handles and locks for uPVC doors. The ones used in wooden sliding doors would not fit the vinyl or uPVC door frames.

Which surfaces are better for sliding doors?

Install sliding doors between the kitchen and dining room, living room and terrace or bathroom and closet. Sliding doors help in seamless transition between the spaces. So you will be able to design a more comfortable and stylish home by installing sliding doors in these areas of your house. Choose glass doors in spaces which need low amount of privacy like kitchen, dining room and terrace. For other parts of the building, stick to sliding wooden doors. The materials used in building the doors, like wood, glass, metal and vinyl, have varied surfaces. Some of them are smooth like glass, aluminium and vinyl. Wood, on the hand, has unique texture. Variation of texture allows you give a very elegant makeover to the interiors of your home.   

How much does a sliding door cost? 

The cost of sliding doors varies a great deal depending upon the dimensions of the door and the materials in use. Two panel sliding doors made of uPVC cost at least SGD 1000. Sliding wooden doors can cost an excess of SGD 1800. Sliding doors with aluminium frames and glass panels cost about SGD 1250. You must also include the cost of labour in your budget. Any minor modification in the existing structure of the building should also be accounted for.