FAQ

 

Sliding Door FAQ

An aïr sliding door is a sophisticated product comprising cutting-edge design, superior engineering, design and componentry. With over 35 years experience, we can help answer some of the most common questions about aïr sliding doors.

How can I choose the right sliding door supplier?

Sliding doors are now highly desirable products. As a result of this popularity, there are now many companies, builders and individuals offering sliding doors. Quality varies greatly and how your doors slide and how they feel in operation is an important consideration. It is important to see as many doors as you can and then see aïr. Our aïr sliding doors provide advanced levels of security, performance, thermal insulation, colour choice and designs. They also have the longest guarantee of 25 years.

Unlike other sliding doors, aïr are only made by one company. This is your guarantee of consistent quality and a real luxury door made only by us and nobody else. Our doors come to you from our selected aïr retailers, chosen for their professionalism, expertise and customer service.

What is an inline and a lift & slide door?

An inline sliding door slides within its frame and track. Lift and slide doors lift and move away from the frame. Lift and slide doors offer ventilation options that an inline door does not.

An inline sliding door is available in two or four panel configurations and can offer you more opening and panels and greater flexibility. Visit one of our aïrzones to see both types of doors.

Both inline and lift and slide doors provide the same industry leading levels of security, weather performance and effortless operation whatever the size of your doors.

What is best? A sliding door or a folding door?

Even though bifolding doors are very popular today, there are still many great reasons to consider a sliding door.

Sliding doors provide larger glass panels and less visible mullions. Our two panel sliding doors for example, can create a glass wall at nearly 5 metres in width with only one central mullion. Heights of up to 3 metres are possible as well with some designs.  Our aïr sliding doors offer a cornerless solution, multiple tracks and flexible opening options and sizes.

Visit one of our aïr showrooms and with the expert help of our professional aïr retailers you can make an informed choice.

How secure are sliding doors?

aïr sliding doors, whether inline or lift and slide all benefit from the very latest in locking systems and protection. As standard they come with anti-lift feature, multi point locking, very secure handles and are independently tested to the latest security standards. Anti-bump and anti-snap door cylinders are also available.

aïr doors are glazed from the inside as well meaning the glass cannot be removed from the outside.

Can I have a low threshold with aïr sliding doors?

Yes. We offer a low threshold option if required. In co-operation with your builder you can also have a flush internal floor level if you are creating a new door opening.

For existing openings it may be possible to remove a course of brickwork to bring the door threshold more level with the existing floor while retaining a weather tight seal.

I want a sliding door that slides into a wall.

Our accredited aïr retailers can work with your builder or architect so that the doors disappear completely into a wall when opened.

This modular concept lets your sliding doors slide into their own pocket into a wall. This may be a better solution than a folding door for example, as your doors will be partially visible.

Why should I consider aïr doors over other sliding doors?

There are several key factors that differentiate the many different sliding doors on the market. aïr doors offer an advanced sliding system with the largest doors being effortless to slide with only two fingers.

aïr doors offer the security, weather performance, aesthetics, structural strength, paint quality and handle options no other door can offer as standard features, not costly upgrades.
Above all our doors are only made by one company and come with a 25 year manufacturers guarantee. No other door on the market offers this peace of mind.

I want to save money on sliding doors. Can I buy online?

Our strongest recommendation is that you always see the product before you buy.
There are many online sellers, even double glazing sales people visiting your home with only a brochure or a small sample as well as price comparison websites. Some homeowners leave the sourcing of a new sliding door to their builder and see their doors for the first time when they arrive.

With any large sliding door, sight lines, hardware and how the doors feel in operation are crucial. Only by trying and testing out your doors and speaking to a professional door retailer can you understand what goes into creating a quality, reliable and luxurious sliding door.

What opening choices are possible with sliding doors?

aïr sliding doors give you a choice of two to six sliding doors panels depending upon the overall aperture. With sliding doors, you can choose from single, double or multiple sliding panels. If you are building a brand new extension, why not consider our stunning open corner arrangement.

Our innovative open corner arrangement creates two sets of sliding doors meeting at a corner. When you open the doors, the corner post floats away with the doors leaving a suspended roof and a truly open aspect.

What colour choices are available on aïr sliding doors?

One of the many reasons why aïr doors offer greater colour choice is the way they are finished and prepared. Our aluminium extrusions are coated only by approved and certified applicators.

You have a choice of many hundreds of colours. You can also choose different colours inside and out, gloss or matt finishes. But better still, aluminium powder coated doors enable you to also choose different colours inside and out, metallic colours, our textured aïrcoat colours as well.

Even if your doors are fitted in exposed coastal or swimming pool environments, we can offer even more durable powder coated finishes to provide an even greater level of protection.
So you do have an almost unlimited colour choice.

I live in an exposed location, are aïr doors suitable?

air doors come with the most advanced technical specifications to provide you with a durable and weather resistant door. We provide sophisticated seals and gaskets, highly engineered drainage systems and superior weather protection. aïr doors are tested to a severe weather rating. Even the powder coating used to colour your doors is thicker as standard, than other doors and provides a marine guarantee.

What glass will come with my doors?

Your new aïr sliding doors will have the highest quality double glazed units they deserve. These include argon gas fill, a specialist warm spacer bar and glass coatings.

You can even upgrade your doors with further options such as tinted glass, solar control glass, laminated safety glass and glass with integral manual or automatic blinds. Talk to your local aïr retailer.

What are the maximum possible on an aïr sliding door?

aïr sliding doors can be created to provide solutions for every type of property, design and customer requirement. aïr doors are designed to offer you choice and flexibility whatever their size.

The aïr door will surpass the size limits of many other sliding door systems. Each product is bespoke, and the largest glazed doors can be created. Heights of up to 2.8 metres are possible, and a two-panel door can achieve widths of 5 metres for a pure glass wall effect.

Sliding panels can be made up to 2800mm high and 2500mm wide, subject to technical requirements and considerations. Speak to one of our air retailers for accurate advice.

Who will fit my new aïr sliding doors?

The correct installation of aïr sliding doors is critical to ensure our sophisticated and highly engineered doors are reliable.

Our air Accredited Retailers are specially trained in precision door installations following extensive training and experience. You are guaranteed a professional and first class installation.

Bifold Door FAQ

A bifolding door is an elaborate door with advanced engineering, design and componentry. With over 35 years experience, we can help answer some of the most common questions about aïr bifolding doors.

How can I choose the right bifolding door supplier?

Bifolding doors are very desirable. As a result of this popularity, there are now many companies, builders and individuals offering bifolding doors.

It is important to see as many doors as you can and then see aïr. Our aïr doors provide advanced levels of security, performance, thermal insulation, colour choice and designs. They also have the longest guarantee of 25 years.

Unlike most bifolding doors, aïr are only made by one company. This is your guarantee of consistent quality and a real luxury door made only by us and nobody else.

Our doors come to you from our selected aïr retailers, chosen for their professionalism, expertise and customer service.

I want to save money on bifold doors. Can I buy online?

Our strongest recommendation is that you must see and try out your new bifolding door before you buy.

There are many online sellers, double glazing sales people visiting your home with only a brochure or a small sample as well as price comparison websites.

We know customers that have bought other doors without seeing them first and have been disappointed with the end product. Others have relied on their builder to source the doors and don’t know what doors they are having, or what they look like until they arrive.

Our dedicated aïrzones showcase our doors in a variety of designs, colours and sizes.

You can also see our full range of colours, handles and hardware options. Only by trying and trying out your new doors do you get the best opportunity to examine the doors, look at the finer points of the product and understand factors such as threshold levels.

Our aïr doors are designed to provide you with the door type and quality you desire.

Why can’t I buy off the shelf bifolding doors?

It is highly unlikely you will find bifolding doors at ready-made sizes. Typically these are doors that are a manufacturing or ordering error. They can also be doors intended for builders constructing new homes where all the properties have doors and windows of the same size.

All aïr doors are made only for you. They will be to your exact specifications and sizes and built for your home. It is logical that with a personalised product it should be made for you, not the other way round.

Can I design my bifolding doors?

Yes. Visit one of our aïrzones, and our retailers can show you the various opening options, glass choices, handle options and much more.

Once we have an understanding of your wishes, your home and how you intend to use your doors we can help you design the dream bifolding door.

What guarantees do you offer on bifolding doors?

Our doors come with the best guarantee in the industry. A 25-year manufacturer guarantee. Other doors you will find come with much less than this.

Our long guarantee is just one of many features that make aïr bifolding doors stand out.

What opening choices are possible with bifolding doors?

Aïr doors open outwards or inwards. You have a broad range of door configurations available. You can choose doors that slide in one or two directions and including access panels or double doors.

Your new aïr doors are made to your exact requirements.

What colour choices are available on aïr bifolding doors?

One of the many reasons why aïr doors offer greater colour choice is the way they are finished and prepared. Our aluminium extrusions are coated only by approved and certified applicators.

You have a choice of many hundreds of colours. You can also choose different colours inside and out, gloss or matt finishes. But better still, aluminium powder coated doors enable you to also choose different colours inside and out, metallic colours, our textured aïrcoat colours as well.

Even if your doors are fitted in exposed coastal or swimming pool environments, we can offer even more durable powder coated finishes to provide an even greater level of protection.

So you do have almost unlimited colour choice.

What glass will come with my doors?

Your new aïr bifolding doors will have the highest quality double glazed units they deserve.

These include argon gas fill, a specialist warm spacer bar and glass coatings.

You can even upgrade your doors with further options such as tinted glass, solar control glass, laminated safety glass and glass with integral manual or automatic blinds. Talk to your local aïr retailer.

What are the maximum possible on an aïr bifolding door?

Every home and customer requirement is different. This is why our aïr doors are designed to offer you choice and flexibility whatever the size and property.

The aïr door will surpass the size limits of most other bifolding doors. Panels up to 1200mm wide and up to 3000mm high are possible with aïr.

Who will fit my new aïr bifolding doors?

The correct installation of an aïr bifolding door is critical to ensure our sophisticated and highly engineered doors are reliable.

Our air Accredited Retailers are specially trained in bifolding door installation and undergo ongoing training and assessment. You are guaranteed a professional and first class installation.