Glass Door Types, Configurations and Shapes

Sustainable Construction Services supplies double and triple glazed doors in every possible type and configuration. Some glass door types/ configurations are extremely beneficial to provide thermal and acoustic insulation, security and other properties. Some door types or frame styles serve a certain design approach. Not every door type is available in every material; however SCS will source any door type for you if it is manufactured in Germany, central Europe or Australia. The door types also differ from each other regarding the accessories and options they are available in as well as handle types that can be fitted.

Shapes of Glass Doors and Transom Windows

Glass doors usually close square cut outs in walls and facades. Some architectural designs require rounded, angled edges or very high openings to be filled with glazing panels. Our suppliers are capable of manufacturing very high glass doors (possible height depends on framing material) or doors with transom windows (windows above doors). Transom windows come in different shapes, e.g. arched, triangular/ trapezoid, polygonal, etc. SCS looks forward to request for a special shapes and configurations.

glass doors and transom window shapes

Types

Please see below the door types that can be supplied by SCS with an explanation of their benefits and disadvantages. Benefits and disadvantages are based on quality double or triple glazed products and proper installation methods and materials to be used (which is unfortunately not often the case)!

Please contact us for more detailed information on availability and pricing of specialised door types and configurations.

Sliding (parallel sliding)

Sliding DoorThe sliding door has one or more panels that overlap slightly, sliding horizontally within the frame. If more than 3 panels are moving freely in more than 2 tracks, this is called a stacker door.

Advantages: The door serves certain architectural design approach. The panels only occupy the plane, in which they move, when opening.

Disadvantages: Thermal properties mostly not always great, as the pressure on the seals is low and decreases over time (allows air flow sometimes water penetration, when closed). Acoustic properties are often worse than for other door types. Thermal properties further decline, when seals wear out. Security of many systems is inferior.

Lift and slide door

Lift and slide doorLift and slide doors are a variation of the parallel sliding door, which are normally used for large doors units as it is usually build of higher quality and stronger weights. The increased weight is carried by a bottom-supported high quality sliding system.

Advantages: Lift & Slide doors usually have great acoustic and thermal properties, as the locking system applies high pressures on the seals. Highest security and safety standards are often achieved, due to locking system, functionality and structural capabilities. They only use the plane in which they are opening and do not use space in the room excessively. Very low thresholds are manufactured in comparison to normal sliding doors.

Disadvantages: Initial adjustment needs to be done by a competent individual/ technician.

Tilt and slide door

Tilt and Slide DoorA tilt and slide door has an operable panel tilting inwards at the top (function used mainly for ventilation). The tilting sash can also slide horizontally past the fixed pane.

Advantages: Tilt & Slide doors usually have great acoustic and thermal properties, as the locking system applies high pressures on the seals and allows for structural integrity and stability. Highest security and safety standards are often achieved, due to locking system, functionality and structural capabilities. They only use the plane in which they are opening and do not use space in the room excessively. In tilt function, constant ventilation and therefore air quality is created.

Disadvantages: Initial adjustment needs to be done by a competent individual

Tilt and turn door

Tilt and turn doorA door which can either tilt inwards at the top, or can open inwards hinged at the side (single sash is capable of both functions). This is by far the most common type of door in Germany (its country of origin), also common in central Europe, Scandinavia and other countries.

Advantages: Tilt & Turn doors achieve highest results fort acoustic and thermal insulation, as the operating and locking system applies high pressures on the seals and allows for structural integrity and stability. Highest security and safety standards are often achieved, due to locking system, functionality and structural capabilities. In tilt function, constant ventilation and therefore air quality is created.

Disadvantages: Initial adjustment needs to be done by a competent individual.

French door

French DoorA French door (French door) is a large door-sized lattice light, typically set in pairs or multiples thereof. Traditionally, they were often used lead to terrace, veranda or garden area.

Advantages: Depending on frame, locking system and glazing, good security can be achieved.

Disadvantages: Thermal and acoustic properties of tilt & turn, tilt & slide and lift & slide doors are not achieved.

Bi Fold Door

Bi-fold doorBi-fold doors are folding doors that were originally used as iterior doors and furniture doors. Nowadays, they are used as room dividers and especially large entertainment areas, such teracces, verandas and balconies. They are normally suspended on rollers or castors.

Advantages: Due to their space efficient design, large openings can be created, when opened.

Disadvantages: Thermal and acoustic properties of tilt & turn, tilt & slide and lift & slide doors are not achieved.