Graphical Construction Glossary >> Doors. >> Door types >> Sliding Doors
These doors can fall into quite a few categories, one major division is manually operated doors, and doors that are opened and closed by machinery of some sort. This page discusses doors that are moved by hand.
The range of these type of doors is enormous. They can he huge, as in the doors for aircraft hangers, that have the tracks extended outside the building itself so that the whole of the end of the building can be opened, to small shaving cabinet doors that run on plastic tracks.
Of note here is the sketch of a pocket door which is becoming popular for domestic use in stud walls. Quite inexpensive systems are available.
Also something that I have not seen yet although the tracks and fittings are readily available are the curved sliders.
Above is a sketch of a common type of interior domestic door.
What you see above is one of the many systems available on the market today. This particular one is suitable for doors thicker that 30mm and up to 40kg in weight.
Something that I have not seen before, enclosing in the helical stair to in effect form a circular stairwell. Which in terms of energy conservation and space saving is absolutely brilliant.
Once again a shot showing the main advantage of sliders. Swinging doors to a patio like this would be an inconvenience because they would simply take up too much room.
Above is a quite solid steel roller that is supporting a fairly heavy steel gate. The track it is running on is an inverted "T" section welded to a plate that has been cast into a concrete pad.
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