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Lift and Slide Doors Vs. Sliding Doors

by KE JIAYI 23 May 2023 0 Comments

There are many a variety of sliding doors, including patio doors, lift and slide doors, sliding doors, and tilt and slide doors. Although they all share the same sliding characteristic, they differ in how the doors open. But in addition to performance, they vary in appearance.

In America, sliding doors are notably a typical feature of modular homes. The primary benefit, or perhaps the distinguishing quality, of sliding doors is that they allow for the entry of natural light while providing a doorway to the exterior.

Due to the wide range of sliding door styles offered, each kind functions differently. So, let's look at how lift & slide doors and sliding doors differ from one another.

 Standard Size(in")
Width Height Size
96 80, 84, 96 96x80, 96x84, 96x96
120 80, 96 120x80, 120x96
144 96 144x96



What are Lift and Slide Doors?

The three primary parts of a lift and slide door are the rollers, the track that the rollers move along, and the locking door handle mechanism activated by lifting the door handle up or down 180 degrees. The door may smoothly glide across the track by raising it onto the rollers by lifting the handle from flush with the ground.

The door will seal when the handle is lowered, and the rollers will derail. After then, the door will become immovable, enabling you to lock it open. This is the best way to protect kids trying to slide on the doors.

Although lift and slide doors often carry more weight than inline sliding doors due to the use of rollers, they are nonetheless simple to slide, regardless of weight. Lift and slide doors can be produced with 2, 3, or 4 glass panels.

How do lift and slide doors work?

Larger panels benefit from lift and slide doors, which are a much more recent choice and are simpler to handle, even with heavy doors.

The doors lie directly on the track, improving thermal performance, and must be raised onto the rollers by turning the handle. The doors are simple to open and close after they have been raised.

These doors have the advantage of being locked anywhere along the track because all you have to do is turn the handle to drop them back onto the track. This prevents them from opening accidentally and enables ventilation control.

They often last longer because they are far more weather-tight and secure than in-line sliding doors.

Lift and slide doors are available in a wide range of products, many of which are slender. You can even choose considerably larger doors, enabling you to completely open up your home or make the most of your view.

Regardless of the size and material you select for your doors, they will be considerably simpler to move than in-line doors, regardless of weight, which is one of the reasons they are gaining popularity.

Difference between Sliding Doors & Lift and Slide Doors:

Both types have numerous differences, but a few are mentioned here.

Ease of use:

As indicated, the lift-and-slide design lets the user open even extra-large vents easily.  

 Lift and slide doors also use powerful bearings in the rollers to add to their smooth functioning, in addition to the additional vent clearances when lifted and to safeguard the edges of the rail from dust and debris. Customers who may have shied away from more oversized sliding doors because of the weight of the vent may now contemplate larger vent sizes thanks to the lift-and-slide mechanism.

A lift and slide door's substantial and user-friendly handle is an upgrade over many locking systems used on slider doors.

Improved Air and Water Tightness, Less Wear and Tear:

Sliding door designs aim to strike a balance between the necessity for air/water-tight seals and minimizing the friction of those seals while operating the door because traditional sliding doors cannot detach their seals when opened and closed. Ultimately, sliding doors fall short of meeting either of these demands. In actuality, sliding doors soon lose their water/air tightness with each usage and become more challenging to operate.

However, the design of lift and slide doors allows for a minimum of friction while maintaining excellent performance air and water tightness. This is because a lift and slide door's vent is raised before it opens, enabling the seals to disengage and preventing any exposure to friction while it is in use.

Additionally, since they don't increase the effort required to open the vent, additional & thicker seals can be used. As a result, lift and slide doors are far more air and water tight than standard slider doors, and they also last longer since their seals are protected from frictional wear and tear.

Improved Resistance Against Forceful Entry:

When a lift and slide door gets locked, and the handle is turned to the closed position, the locking mechanisms are activated, and the vent's entire weight is placed on the frame. Intruders must alter the vent's weight and create enough leverage to dislodge the multi-point locking mechanism.

It significantly increases security because vents on bigger lift and slide doors can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds. Additionally, the vent cannot be pushed open even if left slightly open for ventilation as long as the handle cannot be manipulated from the outside.

Choosing the best option for you:

If you're searching for a setup supporting the heaviest of weights, lift and slide doors are a great choice. Given that they can be locked in an open position, this type may also be the best choice if you are worried about the security of small children.

Additionally, they might be slightly more thermally efficient than inline doors. However, thanks to the ability of manufacturers like Origin to create doors that can support double or triple glazing, you may choose the glazing (and ensuing thermal efficiency) that's best for you. The installer of your choice will walk you through the procedure.

Pick an inline sliding door if you want a lightweight, durable, ultra-slim sliding glass door. Inline doors are the greatest option if you want a lot of panels because they allow up to six. We would also suggest an inline sliding door, a more affordable, minimalist alternative to a lift and slide door. If narrow sightlines are a requirement for you, inline doors are a perfect choice because they have minimal sightlines.

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