Our Steel Lift-Slide Sliding doors are built with narrow Secco OS2 thermally-broken profiles, same as our hinging doors and windows. Lift-Slide doors are the preferred choice in a high exposure application. They are the most air and watertight sliding door system we offer. They achieve this with the use of a compression weatherstrip on the bottom of each door sash. The Lift-Slide hardware literally lifts the door off the compression bulb to slide it open. When the door is closed, the door is lowered back down onto the bulb for an air and water tight seal. The lift and lower function is performed with a large handle which gives you the leverage required for ease of operation. However, with multiple doors, each door must be lifted before it can slide.
Multiple slide and pocket conditions will often incorporate a removable handle so that the handle projection doesn’t interfere with doors stacking or pocketing. Steel lift-slide sliding doors require that we add additional space under our bottom rail to incorporate the specific hardware needs and ball bearing wheel sets. Lift-Slides have smooth operation because you lift off the bottom weatherstrip, causing less friction.
Like all our sliding systems, we include a zero-transition floor track which rises only 3/16” above finished floor and incorporates a continuous drain, allowing it be installed without a step down to the exterior. Without a step or metal sill, the interior and exterior finishes can extend under the door and enhance the visual flow from inside the home to the outdoors. The transition is subtle and inviting.
There are a number of configurations for the sliding door systems. From the ubiquitous XO (operable/fixed) sliding door to multiple glass panels and multiple screen panels which slide into multiple pockets. Our drawings show the variety of configurations that can be used and help with a sense of the wall buildups that will be needed for some of the larger systems.
Matching steel screens are a standard option. Typically our screen panels match the layout of the glass panels both in TDL divided lite patterns and function. With pocket conditions, the standard layout puts the screen sash on the interior of the glass door sash. This method best protects the screens and minimizes the track exposure to water damming and water infiltration into the pockets. When needed, screens can also be placed on the exterior side of the glass panels.
Our Lift and Slide bottom rolling door system comes with continuous attachment flange to allow for logical structural integration and waterproofing between the door frame and the rough opening of the building. We have numerous custom installation details, including for pocket doors, which help facilitate most installation conditions.
See our drawings for more information on sliding frame attachment and wall conditions or select a feature topic below for more information on all of our unique features.