Sliding and Folding
Sliding Garage Doors as a description and door type covers a multitude of garage door configurations.
We offer straight sliding door panels, sliding and folding door panels and the sliding round the corner door system, sliding along on either a top or bottom track support.
We offer a vast range of sliding doors in either steel, aluminium or timber in solid panels or partially or fully glazed. The straight sliding action of a one piece door panel can also be doubled as a bi parting or overlapping arrangement and can be fitted internally or externally (depending on the available wall space). Many different tracking arrangements are possible depending on ground surface, weight of door panels and so on, but with some careful thought you can produce a very simple, easy to use sliding door system for long term use with either manual or electric operation.
One of the other main advantages of one piece sliding garage doors is the freedom of design it offers as there are generally no restrictions on thickness, weight or size of door panels used. We offer sliding garage doors as a solution to both domestic and commercial requirements.
Timber Sliding Garage Doors
We have produced many sliding garage doors in various timbers over the years. Just like roller and sectional garage doors, you can park right up to the garage door and still open and close it.
The majority of sliding timber doors tend to be mounted externally and therefore give the maximum length inside the garage. The diversity also continues with this type of door in the amount of different designs you can create.
Timber is a very versatile product and although most of the doors we have installed have been vertical boarded, the board width can be very important on listed or period type properties. The sliding gear mechanism for these types of garage doors is simple, maintenance free, and also very smooth to operate at almost any size. Although most of the systems we have installed have been manual operation it is possible to automate sliding doors to be remote control operated.
The doors shown in this picture (images of timber doors from an AGD project) are using a bottom track system similar in principle to a railway track system with inverted wheels set into the bottom of the door panels sliding on a raised steel bar. This bar also acts as an effective weather bar system and does not suffer from the problems associated with U channel, sunken tracks in the ground which gather dust, leaves and gravel easily and need regular attention.
It is also possible to hang the door panels from the top if required and use a simple guide system on the ground to keep the doors in line during operation, and then you have a system without any threshold at all.
Not what you're looking for? Look at our Round The Corner garage doors instead!
Commercial Sliding Garage Doors
Commercial Sliding Garage Doors are very unique and difficult to specify, however The Garage Door Centre are able to cope with them with help from our sister company, Samson Industrial Doors.
Folding and Sliding Commercial Doors provide the perfect solution when space inside is limited either for side room or headroom. Folding doors are generally constructed from steel or aluminium sections with optional glazing sections providing light or to offer high levels of vision for sales or working purposes e.g. showrooms, workshops.
Folding Garage Door panels are stacked together when open and are available as a single stack to one side or bi-folding to both sides of larger openings. This provides an excellent solution for a choice of either easy-to-use manual operation or the comfort of electric operation on larger sizes.
Despite their size and constant usage, minimal maintenance is required to keep a commercial folding or sliding garage door working at all times. This is partly due to the fact that each door has very few actual moving parts - even less of course with a one piece sliding door set - which gives you another positive reason to opt for one of our commercial sliding or folding doors.
The Industrial Folding Doors we supply can be installed in extremely large openings measuring up to 30m width and 8m height as standard. We can offer 3 to 34 door leaves as standard, in accordance with the operative requirements, which can later be individually adapted to the customer's needs.
You Don't Need A Commercial Environment To Warrant A Commercial Sliding Garage Door
Commercial Garage Doors have many purposes thanks to their high quality construction. They can offer both thermal and acoustic insulation as well as top of the range security. Typical installations for our commercial and industrial sliding and folding garage doors include large factories and processing plants, however they are capable of offering installation and larger entrances to the likes of workshops, showrooms, large domestic garages, storage facilities, sports halls, showrooms, arenas and more.
Glazing options are available to turn that large dark room into an area bursting with light.
Wicket pass doors are also available to make any large sliding or folding door more pedestrian friendly and easier to use. A pedestrian door can be added into the main panel and provide the most practical solution to higher levels of traffic.
Low risk of collision damage
Door leaves parked on the sides substantially reduce the risk of collisions. The leaves are in the field of vision of drivers. Fitting the door with door leaves that open 180° and sufficient space next to the door also results in a maximum drive through passage width.
Samson's industrial folding doors have been designed to have a long service life and operate smoothly. This reliable construction is based on just a few individual, hard wearing quality components. As a result requirements for maintenance and care are very low and the doors only entail minor consequential costs over time.
Insulation and Cost Saving
Most of our sliding door systems use double skinned insulated panels providing excellent levels of thermal insulation and sound-proofing too. Where the garage is integral, or the building heated, the benefits are obvious for using an insulated door system and the sliding or folding door can fulfil this requirement.
Standard and protection
Safety takes top priority when it comes to Samson Doors industrial folding doors. Finger trap protection devices made of high-quality EPDM multi-chamber profiles are fitted to all vertical closing edges, making the folding industrial door safe from the inside and outside.
Most folding doors tend to be manually operated but for larger or more frequently used doors we can offer electric operation with a multitude of access control methods.
Folding Garage Doors
Folding garage doors present a different problem and need to be designed very carefully, especially the larger they get. We can offer folding doors at almost any size using the same double skinned panel construction with an insulated core, but also offer aluminium profile frameworks with partial or fully glazed inserts in various glazing options to suit.
Large or small, a folding door is a great option for any garage or building, offering easy and smooth operation as well as low maintenance in the longer term with less stress on moving parts compared to roller or sectional type doors.