Wide opening

Aluplast has launched its new Smart-Slide door, which can be manufactured to span openings of 4.5m with two panels.

The 70mm dedicated inline patio door system also employs an operating mechanism with soft close technology and enhanced weather sealing and security, the company said.

Fully tested to PAS24, this includes the ability to lock the sash at any point of opening, allowing end-users to open it for ventilation while still securing a part-open sash.

Ian Cocken, director of sales and marketing at Aluplast, said: “This is an inline sliding patio door that can be manufactured to up to 4.5m wide with a single sash and fixed light, far exceeding the reach of any other PVCU patio door on the market.

“The design flexibility that this delivers, plus finish choice and operating mechanism, moves Smart-Slide into a space where it can either be sold head-to-head against aluminium bifolding doors, but delivering far better levels of performance and energy efficiency, and at a lower price point; or also up-sell against other PVCU patio doors.

“The opportunities to add margin are, either way, immense.”

Smart-Slide can be fabricated to maximum sash sizes are 2m wide by 2.5m high for a sliding sash and 2.5m wide for a fixed panel. This means it can be manufactured as a two-panel door up to 4.5m wide.

This can be extended even further in a four-panel configuration with two centre sliders operating on the inside or outside of two fixed panels to 9m. Maximum individual sash weights are 200kg.

Eliminating the requirement for brush seals, the system can be opened and closed creating little to no resistance, making operation ultra-smooth, the company said.

The interconnected relationship between the Roto locking mechanism and weather seals when the door is closed guarantees a weathertight seal. This includes testing to BS6375, while it achieves a DER of up to A+ dependent on glass specification.

Smart-Slide is also available in a range of finishes, including Aluplast’s woodgrain foil, Woodec, and aluskin, it’s aluminium external cladding system, plus a grey substrate option.