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What is the difference between Lift & Slide, Tilt & Glide and Folding (Bi-Fold) Doors

Lift and Slide Doors – The Lift and Slide Door is engineered for extra large openings to offer unobstructed views, seamless indoor-outdoor living, and abundant natural light- all without compromising our signature ease of operation, security and performance.

  • Easy to Operate HardwareThe lift and slide door features advanced operating hardware. A simple turn of the large handle quietly disengages the secure locking mechanism and gently lifts the door. And the lightest of touches then activates our innovative sliding technology to effortlessly open the door.
  • Hybrid Framing System – All lift and slide doors are engineered with our exclusive Hybrid Framing System. The Hybrid Framing System features steel reinforced European uPVC profiles and fusion welded corners. The result is a door that has the structural strength required for extra-large openings. In addition, the lift and slide door features a highly durable and technologically advanced compression gasket. Superior to traditional brush seal gaskets, the compression gasket effectively seals the doors from air and water offering better energy performance and water resistance than other sliding patio doors.
  • Unobtrusive Sill Options – The lift and slide door features a very low ADA-compliant sill that can easily be flush mounted into your floor for a continuous surface from the inside to the outside. The flush mount sill is an excellent choice for homes that need greater ease of accessibility for mobility devices, for high-traffic doors, or simply for homeowners who appreciate beautiful finishing details.
  • Key performance – All of our lift and slide doors are tested to the North American NFRC and NAFS standards. Available in double or triple glazing, the lift and slide door is Energy Star approved for all climate zones in Canada and the United States

Tilt and Glide Doors – Designed for larger door openings, Tilt and Glide Doors combine performance and ventilation. With outstanding air tightness, sound protection and water resistance, tilt and glide doors give you the convenience and security of tilt ventilation with a smooth gliding operation. Tilt and glide doors are available in a number of different design configurations. Select from two, three or four panels in varying widths, exterior and interior finish options and with or without decorative grids.

  • Why Tilt – The tilt function of the tilt and glide doors is designed to provide your space with effective ventilation. Similar to our tilt and turn windows and tilt and turn doors, tilt and glide doors allow you to tilt the operable portion of your door (the sash) without compromising the safety of your home.
  • Hybrid Framing System – Our Hybrid Framing System features several integrated technologies that work together to create an advanced door system: galvanized steel framing integrally reinforces plasticized European PVC profiles in a form factor that integrates multipoint locking hardware.
  • Key performance – All of our tilt and glide doors are tested to the North American NFRC and NAFS standards. Available in double or triple glazing, the lift and slide door is Energy Star approved for all climate zones in Canada and the United States.

Folding Doors (Bi-Fold Doors) also known as bi-folding doors, sliding dividers or simply, folding doors, are doors that slides open whilst its panels fold up and stack neatly against the wall or each other, like an accordion or concertina. A common application of bi-fold doors is to connect rooms to an outdoor area, making them popular patio or conservatory door solutions. However, they can be used for a variety of purposes and are not solely used for outdoor connecting.

These doors tend to comprise of 2-7 glass panels on rollers and connected with hinges. The ‘traffic doors’ that are often included allow you to open it just as you would a normal door. This is great for the winter months, as the bi-fold function is optional whist maintaining the coveted outdoor view effect that bi-fold doors are so popular for.

As a very popular solution for domestic and commercial markets, bi-folding doors are becoming increasingly sought after for home improvement and property development projects. However, with those big glass panels that make up the bi-fold door comes one of the biggest issues with this solution.

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