Aluminium sliding patio doors frequently asked questions

At Aspire Bifolding doors we supply and install the market leading range of aluminium sliding patio doors. Available from Aspire is the market-leading Smart Systems Visoglide Doors, the world-renowned Schuco sliding door and the newest minimalist sliding door in our Origin Inline Slider.

You have arrived at our website possibly looking for information about the many different types of sliding doors available on the market. Let us answer some of the most common questions about sliding patio doors in your home.

Schuco ASS70 Sliding Doors

Where should I consider aluminium sliding patio doors?

We think that the size of your structural opening is one of the deciding factors in choosing a sliding patio door. While both bifolding and sliding doors will let masses of light and air into your home, sliding patio doors give you large glass walls, a picture frame effect in your home. A sliding door will also have far fewer vertical mullions when closed, giving you bigger glass panels.

Our advice is that if you are fortunate enough to have a large opening of four metres or more, a sliding door is perfect, giving you slim, sightlines and fantastic views.

Even if you think you want a bifolding door, we can help, but do come and see sliding doors too. You may be surprised in finding they are right for your home.

Do aluminium sliding patio doors have good U-Values?

A U-Value is the measure of the thermal performance of a sliding door giving you the expected heat loss from the inside of your home. The lower the U-Value, the better performing the door.

All our aluminium window and door products offer thermally insulated frames. However, because aluminium sliding patio doors use so much more glass, you also get much-improved U-values and excellent energy efficiency in your home. Contact us and we can explain how a sliding door can offer better U-Values than you might think because it uses less frame and much more glass.

Are aluminium sliding patio doors practical to use?

If you like to ventilate your home frequently, then a sliding door can be as efficient as a window or a hinged door. Sliding doors offer more controlled ventilation than bifolding doors because you do not need to fold the door set partially. A sliding door panel can be slid open as much or as little as you like.

In day-to-day use, sliding doors are also practical. All our products use the latest generation of components, rollers and running gear, giving you effortless operation whatever the size or weight of the door.

Sliding doors enable you to open the doors partially which is ideal for the cooler days or evenings without making your home cold. This can be more practical than a bifolding door that will often need at least one panel fully opened.

Are sliding doors better for views?

A two panel sliding door has just one vertical mullion. A three panel door has just two. These vertical mullions are slimmer than other types of doors, giving you more glass, less aluminium and altogether better views. Bifolding doors give you thicker sight lines because of how they meet together, slide and fold. Sliding doors do not.

If you live in the countryside or enjoy fantastic views from your home, we think you will enjoy these more with a sliding door.

Are sliding doors better for opening up to the garden?

When it comes to a full clear opening, a sliding door will not give you as wide an opening as a bifolding door, but they take up less space inside or out.

Folding doors need space inside your house or outside on your patio to stack and fold together. The more door panels, the thicker the stack and loss of space. Sliding doors slide within their existing space making them ideal for small patio areas or balconies.

Sliding patio doors slide along their track giving you a more streamlined appearance whether open or closed. Your decision is based on how you will use your sliding doors. With the British weather meaning our doors are closed most of the year, you may prefer the great views and large glass all year round rather than a full opening a few days at a time.

Is a flush floor possible with sliding patio doors?

Yes. We work with you or your builder to ensure the installation of your new sliding doors gives you as low a threshold as possible. Both sliding and bifolding doors will give you a low threshold. We frequently install doors separating a conservatory and the main house with sliding doors to great effect.

A sliding door utilises a different track arrangement to folding doors meaning you can still have them set low and have excellent weather resistance as well. Contact us, and we can demonstrate how this works.

Can I have sliding patio doors that meet in the corner?

Yes, you can. We offer our Schuco doors designed to have a fixed or invisible corner post enabling you to create a stunning glass wall corner with a sliding door on each side.

We can even work with your builder, so your doors slide into your new wall pocket disappearing altogether.

For the latest in aluminium sliding patio doors contact us today.

At Aspire bifolding doors we offer an advanced range of precision-made sliding patio doors in all types of sizes, designs, and opening options. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quotation or visit our showroom to find out more. Our latest generation suite of sliding doors will transform your home with style, security, energy efficiency, practicality and comfort.

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Roy H.
Roy H.
08:22 02 Aug 21
From the first phone call, a visit to the showroom, through to the site survey and installation, the Aspire team have been unfailingly both very professional, problem solving and friendly. They delivered a great product and service, at a good price, on time, with flexibility, diligence and a smile, and that in our experience is almost unheard of these days.We will definitely turn to Aspire again when we next need windows etc, and can't recommend them enough.
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09:06 13 Jul 21
Brilliant Service from start to finish. From the time we got in touch for initial quotation for our bi-folds doors until delivery of the products and installation this company was a pleasure to work with and highly recommend this company. The entire team we dealt with including James, Danny and his installation team, Peter, Frankie have been very friendly, courteous and professional. Always punctual and did their best to meet all our requirements. Excellent workmanship and quality products. Good competitive prices too. Very pleased with everything and Thanks very much Aspire Bifolds for a job well done.
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Buddhika B.
10:05 18 May 21
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Greg P.
09:50 05 May 21
Aspire did the most beautiful job in our house. The installed our windows a few months ago, and I couldn't be happier.They were always happy to answer to our question.They came at 8 o'clock and installed the windows very swiftly with a very clean and tidy result. They decorated afterwards around the windows and you couldn't tell those weren't the original windows as the result was so good.We have a toddler in of the rooms they were installing the windows and they accommodated their work around his naps which was brilliant.If you are looking for anything window or door related look no further, I will definitely recommend and if needed use them again.
GEMMA M.
GEMMA M.
10:20 28 Apr 21
Aspire supplied the most beautiful 7m sliding doors for my extension. The doors are great quality and all the fitting and snagging very professionally handled. Would not hesitate to use this company. Thank you.
Jo J.
Jo J.
15:33 16 Mar 21
I would recommend Aspire Bifolds. We love our bifolds and the service we received was great.
Karen A.
Karen A.
07:40 16 Mar 21
The team were so brilliant, helpful and lovely to deal with to supply and fit of our new steel look heritage doors. We are delighted with them and heartily recommend using Aspire! A great experience all round.
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11:15 05 Feb 21
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Martin J.
Martin J.
19:06 06 Jan 21
Great Service from Aspire, with comprehensive knowledge on bifold systems and went with the ORIGIN product. Hassle free communication throughout contract and install just before Christ.as 2020.
Simon C.
Simon C.
16:01 04 Jan 21
We were recomended to Aspire by our carpenter who was building a garden room for us, and we were not dissapointed.From the initial meeting to the completion of the work the company , and especially John Small, and the lads that came to install the doors on one of the wettest days of the year, have been excellent.The Bifolds are amazing. They look so good, and when they open and close they sound solid and beautifully made.Superb job. Thank you.
Simon B.
Simon B.
08:12 25 Nov 20
I don't usually write reviews but Aspire have been an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish. After replacing my neighbours sliding doors they came highly recommended. The lady on the phone was extremely helpful and understood my requirements, and my quotation was turned around quickly. I had some technical questions regarding the threshold; and unlike other companies I dealt with, I was not treated as a nuisance and Ji (I hope I spelt this correctly!) talked me through everything. The surveyor arrived within a day of me signing and despite the current situation with many delays, they still installed within the quoted lead time!The Schuco bifolds we now have look amazing and we are so thrilled we went with Aspire Bifolds!Thanks alot Ji and Team.Cliff
Cliff Bentley T.
Cliff Bentley T.
14:33 04 Nov 20
From the very beginning of discussing what products I’d like, through to survey and fitting, Aspire have been fabulous. Very happy with both the products themselves and the service throughout, would thoroughly recommend!
Thank you so much!
Cat P.
Cat P.
10:56 23 Sep 20
Aspire were great to work with and we are delighted with the finished product. We got bifolds, skylight, large side windows and french doors all for a highly competitive price. We had some unavoidable delays due to the pandemic but we were always kept in the loop with what was going on with our order. we are extremely pleased with the quality and value we got through working with them.
Frankie H.
Frankie H.
12:32 11 Sep 20
Very professional. Do a great job.
Rupert P.
Rupert P.
08:23 11 Sep 20
I would absolutely recommend Aspire Bifolds. They provided a great product at a reasonable price. Installation team was friendly and professional. They installed in less than a day.We also encountered a small issue with the measurement of the doors, but the leadership at Aspire was quick to cover additional costs incurred to rectify the issue. We really appreciated their professionalism on this matter.
Tim S.
Tim S.
06:54 10 Sep 20
Huge thank you to Aspire Bifolds for our external steel look doors, we’re so happy with them and the guys were quick, responsive and all around brilliant. Would really recommend Aspire Bifolds.
Libby R.
Libby R.
07:42 06 Sep 20
Very efficient and helpful service 2 years on from original door fitting.Thanks so much Aspire!
Kim L.
Kim L.
11:00 27 Jul 20
Aspire bifolds removed some old wooden sliding doors and replaced them with some lovely French doors. They did a fantastic job- they spent time with me to ensure I had made the right choice of door, it took no time to fit them and the fitter was friendly, polite, clean and courteous. Quote was competitive and I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Natasha H.
Natasha H.
19:59 23 Jul 20
We went with Aspire after getting a few quotes, they weren't the cheapest but were still competitive. We chose them on the basis of their reviews and I am really glad we did! The service has been excellent throughout, our doors were installed far quicker than we were expecting, the fitter's attention to detail is great, and the quality of the doors is fantastic.After installation we did have a few problems with finding marks on the glass, which is provided by another firm, and had a few panes replaced. John, the director, ended up coming round himself and offered to replace the final pane. I know that many firms would just have ignored our calls once we had paid everything, so to have this level of service was fantastic. This proved our decision to go with a slightly more expensive firm in Aspire was the right move!
Scott S
Scott S
12:10 16 Jul 20
After a lot of research I came across Aspire Bifolds, went to the showroom and they have a very good selection of doors to choose from.From start to finish it's been a pleasure to deal with everyone connected to Aspire Bifolds and their aftercare service is first class.Top quality product, installation and all round experience from this company. Would have no hesitation in using them again.
Paresh M.
Paresh M.
12:32 14 Apr 20
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Catherine Kenton M.
Catherine Kenton M.
18:59 08 Apr 20
We recently used Aspire for purchase and installation of smart system heritage doors for our extension. We are thrilled with the finished product. John and the team are brilliant, every person I spoke to was helpful and friendly. Email response was really fast. The whole process from start to finish was seamless and stress free.The installers were efficient and tidy, they left the place cleaner than when they arrived. Following installation we noticed a scratch on one of the panes, we thought it could be buffed out, but the whole pane was replaced without issue within a week.It is rare to find a company with such great customer service and work ethic these days. I would certainly be happy recommending Aspire to anyone.
Rebecca D.
Rebecca D.
11:39 27 Feb 20
I visited Aspire Bifolds to discuss some technical details of the installation requirement for sliding doors. Both of the staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful and in particular Ji was able to answer all of my questions and demonstrate some of the details on the door installation in the showroom. Overall a very helpful visit.
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