Our range of bespoke sliding patio doors can create a real wow factor in any home. Becoming increasingly popular slim-framed patio doors act as a well of glass that will flood the house with natural light, whilst creating framed views out to the garden.
Large expanses of glass in a sliding patio door can transform an ordinary kitchen or living room into a spectacular and inviting light-filled space that changes with the seasons. An uninspiring dining room can enjoy panoramic views of your garden and beyond – making it the perfect setting to entertain guests or enjoy a private moment in your own dream space. Transform your space with bespoke made to measure aluminium sliding glass patio doors today.
Our product innovations are such that the popularity of our sliding patio doors continues to grow. Thermal enhancements in glass, slender profiles and enhanced security are features that complement our growing portfolio. Our super-sized sliding doors offer an even bigger glass area with minimal aluminium profiles between panes, which allow you to make the most of your view. Available on twin and triple track systems in various opening configurations, we offer a range panoramic, slim-framed aluminium sliding doors and heavy-duty lift-&-slide doors as illustrated below:
Our two-panel and four-panel sliding doors offer a 50% clear opening. And thanks to the quality and strength of our sliding door systems, we can manufacture a door in excess of 5000 mm x 2400 mm split into just two sections, and the doors themselves can be manufactured more than 2800mm tall.
A two-panel sliding door is ideal for openings up to five metres wide. Two huge panels of glass separated only by a slim-line profile as narrow as 25mm is why there is a growing demand for patio doors in extensions, new-builds & renovations.
Our triple track door system offers numerous flexible configurations:
State-of-the-art sliding doors
Flexible configurations, larger glass areas, rapid delivery and installation times – say hello to the XP Glide sliding door from Express.
Premium Glass Sliding Door
The XP Slide Panoramic+ sliding patio door offers a contemporary design statement for the most discerning homeowner. Absolutely minimal frame and maximum glass mean we can offer a beautiful glass sliding door that we believe is finest panoramic sliding door available in the UK.
PREMIUM QUALITY LIFT-AND-SLIDE SYSTEM
The XP Infinite is our brand-new lift & slide system that represents the new generation of our high-end sliding, patio door systems.
HIGH PERFORMANCE LIFT-AND-SLIDE SYSTEM
The XP Glide S aluminium sliding door system is an exceptional product which because of its high specification is ideal for residential and commercial architectural developments of the grandest scale.
PREMIUM QUALITY LIFT-AND-SLIDE SYSTEM
The XP Glide R is a premium quality lift and slide system with excellent thermal efficiency that can achieve overall U values as low as 1.4W/M2K.
BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS
Minimal frame and maximum glass combines to make a breathtaking impact.
Our slimmest sliding door is the XP Slide Panoramic +. The system is structurally bonded, which means we bond the minimal frame to the glass in our manufacturing facility rather than glazing it on site. The system boasts a sightline of just 25mm and the rest of the frame is completely concealed by the doors outer frame so if required the door can be installed with literally just a 25mm vertical sightline and no other visible frame. The system boasts a subtle pull handle, which is industrial in its’ appearance with a discreet key cylinder to meet UK insurance regulations as well as a five-point lock.
The XP Glide is also a slim framed sliding door with a sightline of just 35mm and is a most cost -effective option.
You can’t say that one product is better than the other but sliding doors can’t be misused the same as folding doors can and because their framework is less complicated, they offer better overall U values and much slimmer sightlines.
Arguably yes, as the demand for natural light and panoramic glazing within homes grows, we are finding that sliding doors are increasing in popularity. We display our full product range within our showrooms and when door widths exceed four metres, we are seeing a trend of consumers preferring sliding patio doors for their project.
Yes! Because our patio doors are bespoke we'll measure them so the inside of the track sits flush with your internal floor level. The bottom track of our sliding doors contain drainage holes that drains away water from the front of the track. If you're raising your external patio area so you have a flush finish from inside to out, typically you'll need to place a drainage channel such as an ACO drain in front of our sliding doors so the water runs from our track to the drain and away from your house. Once the drain is in place the external patio can be laid at the same level, giving you a continious floor level and a seamless transition from inside to out.
This type of finishing detail is displayed within all our showrooms and our expert staff will be able to provide help and assistance to you and your builder to ensure you achieve the finish you require.
The XP Glide is about 15% cheaper than our bi-folding doors. The XP Slide Panoramic + and our lift & slide patio doors are a little bit more expensive. The price difference between a sliding door and a bi-folding door will always be a few hundred pounds but because you’re going to use and enjoy the benefits of these products for years it is always best to go for the products what will work best in your home rather than trying to make a small saving.
The main differences are that we have two sliding doors, and two lift & slide doors. Lift and slide doors contain a mechanism within the gearing that lifts the door up slightly making it easy to slide as well as the option of locking it in any open position. Sliding doors don’t have this mechanism so the weight is always directly on the steel rollers. Sliding doors have much slimmer frames and sightlines, lift and slide doors are better for really large doors because the frames are a lot chunkier, they are popular amongst the elderly and families with busy households and children as the doors are easy to operate and can be locked open, which is ideal if the kids are running in and out.
If slender frames and sightlines are important to you then the XP Slide Panoramic + & the XP Glide are the doors most suited to you. If you’re concerned about children’s fingers, ease of use or have a massive door or an installation in a really exposed location then our lift and slide are an option worth exploring.
Yes, within the XP Glide & our lift & slide doors. We can offer integral blinds in the XP Glide up to 2.2m2 panels. Electric blinds are available within our twin track lift and slide doors up to 5m2 per panel.
The size limitation is based on a height to width ratio so we recommend keeping each glass panel under 5m2 so 6mm toughened glass can be used. When 5m2 is exceeded we must use 8mm toughened glass, which makes price jump up considerably as well as the weight of the glass within the door itself. We offer door products that can create huge sliding door panels so we can offer sliding doors as wide as six metres in two panels and up to eight metres in three panels but we’ll limit the maximum height and will have to consider how we’ll get the glass to site and how to install it safely.
Slim framed sliding doors will always feel heavier than our lift & slide equivalents because the weight is directly placed onto the sliding door runners. The quality of the running gear within our sliding doors means they always slide with minimal effort, but once glass weights start approaching 200kg or you slide two panels at once you can feel the weight.
Sliding doors cannot really be operated incorrectly so that is seen as a benefit over bi-folding doors, but if operated and maintained correctly you should have any issues with either product.
We’re finding that sliding doors are increasing in popularity compared to bi-folding doors.
We believe a lot of these trends stem from homes in London where space and light are at a premium so the more glazing the lighter and bigger space becomes. The climate is also a key consideration that has people weighing up whether the benefits their home will gain from bi-folding or sliding doors will be seen most when the doors are closed or on those all too rare occasions when they are open.
The beauty of our range of Bi-folding doors or sliding doors is the multitude of options we can offer. A visit to any of our London showrooms in Romford or Redhill or our showrooms in Leeds or Glasgow immediately draws you to the large sliding, patio doors that dominate the space. Huge walls of glass, minimal sightlines, ease of use, security are all boxes that are ticked throughout our range leading to the ultimate question.
There is no correct answer but with our lift and slide doors suitable for extreme locations, Secured by Design accreditation, effortless to operate, available on twin, triple & quadruple tracks, and even available with a sightline of just 40mm, compared to 105mm on our slimmest bifold door, then the answer is often yes.
Our slim-line sliding doors are becoming even more popular with minimal sightlines ranging from just 35mm to 25mm. The XP Glide is our most popular sliding door but our latest sliding door the XP Slide Panoramic + boasts our slimmest sightline at just 25mm and is designed with the whole sash concealed within the outer frame that can also be cloaked both internally and externally allowing our customers to create what is effectively a frameless glass sliding door. We have examples of this on display in our showrooms and we can also liaise with you, your builder and architect to ensure you too can achieve the frameless look if you require.
The large visual impact of unobscured glazing and fantastic thermal performance is leading more and more people to opt for sliding doors. We’ll always give you honest and impartial advice and with five different sliding door systems to choose from the best place to explore the options and see the products first hand is in any of our industry-leading showrooms.
Modern, good quality design is so important when setting out on a home renovation project. Maximising space & light, connecting your indoor and outdoor space, maximising your views, keeping your home secure, warm in the winter and cool in the summer are all key factors in good design, and often the reason why we set about improving our homes in the first place. Good design will help you maximise the value of your home and make the most of the financial investment you put into completing your project.
We can offer our expert help and advice to ensure your project meets its maximum potential, and we offer a superb range of products that are perfect for homeowners, designers and architects to design into renovations, extensions and quality new build homes.
We know that your sliding doors need to be the right size, style and colour for you. That’s why we work with you to create the perfect sliding doors solution for your needs. From getting a free, no obligation quote, expert design advice and insights to installation and aftercare, we make sure that you get exactly what you require every step of the way. Our design team are waiting to hear from you, so get in touch and we can discuss your sliding patio door project with you today.
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The cost of a sliding patio door depends on the door system you choose. A traditional sliding patio door is the most cost-effective option with a starting price of under £4,000 for the installation of a new and bespoke door. The XP Glide is the perfect patio door, it can be built-up on site, boasts a slim-line sightline of just 35mm and it has no strict size limitations.
The additional gearing & functionality within lift and slide patio doors, plus their generally thicker profiles makes them a more expensive sliding door solution. Lift and slide doors are often seen as a heavy-duty solution either for large openings or for installation into properties in an exposed location.
Patio doors with super-thin profiles again have an impact on cost, this is because the glass is structurally bonded to the frame during it’s manufacture. Slim-line sliding doors require delicate expertise and care from survey, manufacture through to transport to site and installation. As the frame is so minimal the manufacture and installation of the door must be milometer perfect so the price will reflect this.
The glass options within a sliding door are the same as what is available within windows and other door products except that the glass itself with often must be thicker. Once a glazed area exceeds 2.4m2 the thickness of the glass itself must increase from 4mm thick to 6mm thick. Current demand for large expanses of glass and slender profiles means most sliding doors are fitted with 6mm toughened glass.
This same principle applies once a glazed area exceeds 5m2, the glass thickness must increase to 8mm. The thermal performance, and solar control performance of the glass is achieved by coatings on the inner and outer panels of the glass so these can be achieved regardless of whether the glass within the sliding door is 4mm, 6mm or 8mm thick.
Triple glazing is available as is laminated security glass. Laminated glass is recommended as a security provision and is also a viable option for UV protection and sound reduction but both triple glazing and laminate glass can become very heavy, especially with larger doors where the thickness of the glass needs to increase.
We offer high performance, low E toughened glazing as standard but will price any job on application. We’ll also offer sound and practical advice on glazing options because price,