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Aluminium Sliding Door FAQs

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 do I choose the right aluminium sliding door supplier?

Aluminium lift & slide doors are one of the most sought-after home improvement products. They are perfect for creating walls of glass to let lots of light into your home and give great access to your outside space too. There are many products on the market, but if you’re looking for the most impressive performance, a smooth opening and modern aesthetics, aïr 500LS or 600LS are the perfect choice.

aïr lift & slide doors have a market-leading manufacturer’s guarantee of up to 25 years when purchased from and installed by an Accredited Retailer. They are exclusively manufactured by Everglade Windows, a multi-award-winning family business since 1980, and go through the most stringent quality checks before they leave the factory.

You’re in safe hands with our network of aïr Accredited Retailers. They are specially selected because they share the same values as the aïr brand and have a real dedication to customer service and aftercare, as well as a great track record of fitting wide-span aluminium doors.

What’s the difference between inline sliding doors and lift & slide doors?

Inline sliding doors slide along the track, whereas aluminium lift & slide doors have a clever mechanism to lift the sash up and off the frame. This gives lift & slide doors a super smooth opening and with aïr 500LS and 600LS lift & slide doors, you can push up to 300kg with just two fingers and feel like Superman!

You can visit your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer to test out our aïr lift & slide doors for yourself.

Should I choose an aluminium sliding door or an aluminium bi-folding door?

Aluminium bi-fold door and lift & slide doors both have unique benefits and the one you choose should really depend on how you want to use your space. aïr bi-folding and lift & slide doors both have extreme performance qualities, with high security levels, impressive energy efficiency and bold aesthetics. So, it’s all about what you need from your door.

If you need large expanses of glass to frame the view from your home with minimal interruptions, you should opt for aïr 500LS or 600LS lift & slide doors. Each sash is available up to 2500mm wide and 2700mm high and interlock sightlines are as slim as 48mm so you can have huge expanses of glass with minimal interruptions. There are a number of configuration options too, so you can choose opening styles to suit your space. aïr 500LS doors are available with a single track and up to 4 door sashes and aïr 600LS doors are available with up to 6 sashes and double or triple track options for more flexible openings.

If you want doors that completely fold away, to create a large opening and merge inside and outside, then an aïr 800 bi-fold door may be more suitable for your project.

How secure are aluminium lift & slide doors?

aïr lift & slide doors have been engineered to offer the most impressive security benefits for your home. Independently tested, they are PAS24 and Secured By Design certified, meaning they are police-approved for added peace of mind.

aïr doors are fitted with 3 Star diamond, Sold Secure Ultion Cylinders. One of the most advanced lock cylinders on the market, it has 11 pins and a special ‘lock-down’ mode that triggers if it detects an attack such as lock-bumping, picking or snapping. High security multi-point locking mechanisms ensure complete security.

Can I have a low threshold with aïr lift & slide doors?

aïr 600LS doors can be installed to achieve a minimal threshold if required. If you are creating a new door opening with an extension or new build project, you could talk to your builder about creating a flush internal floor level.

Why should I consider aïr doors over other aluminium sliding doors?

aïr doors stand out because they have been engineered with precision to create the most impressive lift & slide doors on the market. Our aluminium lift & slide mechanism has been specially design to ensure the smoothest operation for years to come. It also enables you to move up to 300kg of glass with just 2 fingers.

They also come with unique design features, some of the slimmest sightlines on the market of just 48mm and Teflon-coated gaskets so dirt doesn’t stick. These are all standard features, not add-on options.

aïr lift & slide doors are also available with our special textured, dirt-resistant aïrcoat paint, which gives the frames a truly stunning finish.

Last but not least, aïr has an industry leading manufacturer’s guarantee of up to 25 years when purchased from and installed by an Accredited Retailer.

I want to save money on sliding doors, can I buy online?

If you’re really serious about your project and want to make sure you choose the best products for your renovation or build, we highly recommend going to see aluminium lift & slide doors in a showroom. Seeing really is believing when it comes to aïr and there’s an aïr Accredited Retailer not far from you – search for your nearest showroom here.

What opening choices are available with aïr lift & slide doors?

There are plenty of options for creating the perfect opening for your sliding door. aïr lift & slide doors are available with single, double and triple track options. You can choose to have 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 door panes, to suit your space and each pane is available up to 2700mm high and 2500mm wide.

There is the added option of a cornerless door, where panes meet on a corner and can each slide away, to reveal a cornerless opening to your room. For more information, check out our cornerless doors page.

What colour options are available for aïr lift & slide doors?

aïr doors are available in a full spectrum of over 200 RAL colours. The aluminium frames are powder-coated in your chosen colour to create a door that’s truly unique. Fully tested for weather-resistance, colours will not peel, crack or fade, but remain vibrant and bright for years to come, no matter what the British weather throws at them.

Dual colour options are available too, if you want different colours inside and out. Plus, you can choose our special aïrcoat, textured, dirt-resistant paint that proves so popular with design savvy homeowners who want something different.

You can choose from any RAL colour and a variety of paint finishes, just ask your aïr Accredited Retailer for more options.

I lived in an exposed location, are aïr door suitable?

aïr doors have the more impressive technical specifications to give you a door that out-performs extreme weather conditions. aïr 600LS and 500LS are tested to 1200pa for wind resistance and 600pa for water tightness. U-Values are as low as 0.95 w/m2K and we use the highest quality gaskets and seals to ensure that your door protects your home from all the elements. If you live in a marine environment, please talk to an Accredited Retailer to find out if our doors are suited to your requirements.

What glass will come with my doors?

aïr doors are fitted with top quality double or triple glazed units, depending on your specification. They are argon gas filled and feature warm-edge spacer bar to maintain top energy ratings. You can choose from a range of additional options for your glass too, including laminated safety glass, tinted glass and solar control glass. If you would like extra privacy and shading choices, there’s also the option to have glass units with integral blind systems, although size limits will be applicable.

What is the maximum size possible for an aïr lift & slide door?

aïr has been designed to give you optimum performance and aesthetics, no matter what the size. Each sash is available up to 2500mm wide and 2700mm high. Configurations are available with up to 6 door sashes. This means that you can have an aïr lift & slide door up to 15 metres wide, subject to technical requirements. Please contact your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer for more information.

Who will fit my new aïr lift & slide door?

aïr lift & slide doors are installed by our expert aïr Accredited Retailers. They have been specially trained by us to ensure that they can fit our doors with care and precision.

Aluminium Bi-folding Door FAQs

aïr 800 aluminium bi-folding doors are the Rolls-Royce of bi-folds. Engineered for easy opening, extreme performance and captivating design, they offer the best in bi-fold design for any project. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

How can I choose the right bi-folding door supplier?

There are lots of different aluminium bi-folding door systems on the market, so it’s important to do your research. aïr 800 bi-fold doors are exclusively manufactured by Everglade Windows, a multi-award-winning family business since 1980, and every set goes through our stringent quality checks. They have been engineered with Teflon-coated gaskets and stainless-steel rollers, so dirt doesn’t stick and they glide open effortlessly.

There are a host of design options and performance values are top-notch too. Seeing is believing, so make sure that you visit your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer showroom to see aïr 800 bi-fold doors up close.

And don’t forget, aïr bi-folds come with an industry-leading 25 Year Manufacturer’s Guarantee when ordered from and installed by an Accredited Retailer.

I want to save money on bifold doors, can I buy aluminium bi-fold doors online?

We always recommend going to see full-sized working aluminium bi-fold doors in a showroom, so you can compare the quality and ease of use for yourself. Don’t just rely on recommendations, seeing is believing! Take the time to visit a showroom and find out the real benefits of what you are buying. That way, you’ll know exactly what’s being installed and you won’t be disappointed with the end result. Plus, you can get expert advice on choosing the best bi-fold for your project.

Why can’t I buy off-the-shelf bi-folding doors?

If you can find a pre-made set of aluminium bi-folds, the chances are that they are the result of a manufacturing or ordering error. Always choose bespoke made-to-measure bi-folding doors that have been specially manufactured to fit your project and opening.

This means that the size and specification will be perfect for your home. They’ll fit perfectly and they will look just as you want them to.

All aïr doors are manufactured and hand-finished by London’s No.1 Fabricator.

Can I design my aluminium bi-folding doors?

You can have as much or as little input into your aluminium bi-fold door design as you like. The best thing to do is visit your aïr Accredited Retailer and sit down with them for a proper chat about your project.

They can advise you on all specifications, glass types, colours, paint finishes, handles and configurations options, so you can have a door that perfectly suits your project.

What guarantees do you offer on aluminium bi-folding doors?

All aïr 800 bi-fold doors carry the industry-leading manufacturer’s guarantee of up to 25 years when purchased through and installed by an Accredited Retailer. It’s just one of the benefits of choosing aïr.

What opening choices are available with aïr bi-folding doors?

aïr 800 bi-fold doors can be designed to open inwards, so the panels fold and stack inside or open outwards, and stack outside.

There are multiple configuration options depending on your specific opening size. You can have just one aluminium bi-fold to span the full width of your opening, or you can choose to have two doors that meet in the middle. There’s the added option to have access panels, or traffic doors, so you don’t have to open the entire door to go in and out of the garden.

aïr bi-fold doors are available with up to 10 panels, and each panel can measure up to 1200mm wide and 3000mm high. Talk to your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer to find out which door design would best suit your project.

How secure are aïr bi-fold doors?

aïr bi-fold doors have been independently tested by UKAS accredited third parties and have been awarded the highest standard in security, having been certified to comply with PAS24 and Secured by Design requirements.  Just ask your Accredited Retailer what you need to do to benefit from this exceptional security.

aïr 800 doors are fitted with high-security multi-point locking mechanisms to resist attack and they are fitted with the Ultion lock cylinder as standard. Ultion is the 3-star, sold secure diamond accredited lock cylinder that has a special mechanism to resist attack. It has 11 pins and enters a special lock-down mode if it detects any sign of lock-bumping, picking or snapping. It’s covered by a £1,000 homeowner guarantee too.

Can I have aïr bi-fold doors with a low threshold?

If you need a low threshold, to make easy access for pushchairs, wheelchairs, little ones and family or friends with limited mobility, then choose a low threshold for your aluminium bi-fold door. aïr 800 bi-folds are available with 2 threshold options – just ask your aïr Accredited Retailer for more information.

What colour options are available for my bi-fold doors?

aïr 800 bi-fold doors are powder coated in accordance with Qualicoat standards.  White, Black & Anthracite Grey are the classic colour options, but if you’re looking for something truly individual, you can choose from over 200 RAL colours to have a door that perfectly suits your project.

As well as a whole range of colours, and dual colour options, you can choose a textured coating too (selected colours only) that really adds that finishing touch to your aluminium bi-fold door. See it for yourself at your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer showroom.

What glass will come with my doors?

Just like every other aspect of the aluminium bi-fold door design, you can choose the glass that suits your project.

aïr 800 bi-folds are available with double or triple glazed units, which are argon gas filled and use a warm edge spacer bar to offer optimum performance. You can also choose to upgrade to laminated safety glass, solar-control glass or even tinted glass.

If you want extra shading and privacy options, there’s the additional option of glass units with integrated blinds with manual or automatic operation.

What are the maximum sizes for aïr bi-fold doors?

aïr doors have been engineered to give you all the design flexibility you need. Each door is available with up to 10 door sashes. Each sash can measure up to 1200mm wide and 3000mm high, so if you have the right space, you could have an aluminium bi-fold door 12 metres across and 3 metres high.

Our doors have been fully tested for security and energy efficiency so no matter what the size, you are always guaranteed impressive performance values with aïr.

Who will fit my new aïr bi-folding doors?

All aïr 800 bi-folding doors are installed by our experienced, trained aïr Accredited Retailers. They share our values of great customer service, care and precision. They will work alongside you, your project manager, architect or builder to ensure that fitting your aïr bi-folding door goes as smoothly as possible.