Types & Manufacturers Frameless Glass Internal Sliding Doors

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Frameless internal glass sliding doors are among the hottest design elements in Europe today. Building with glass gives architects and designers the ability to be flexible with internal spaces without sacrificing beauty and modern design elements. Internal glass doors can be combined with glass partitioning systems to create entire rooms that are private and distinct yet with a look and feel that is welcoming and wide-open.

In the following paragraphs, you will find information about different types of frameless internal glass sliding doors, the materials these are made from, and some of the most well known manufacturers offering these in the UK. We hope you find this information useful for your own residential or commercial design projects.

Different Door Styles

There are three primary door styles for use in internal applications where sliding doors are preferred. Sliding doors might be used for office space applications, main entrances, conference rooms, and such. The three styles are:

Pocket Doors

The typical pocket door design can be adapted to make use of frameless glass doors. This design provides a rail on which the doors hang, and pockets into which they slide. This option is often used when a sliding glass door is desirable for space with otherwise solid walls.

In-Line Doors

The in-line door is similar to the pocket door with one major exception: it hangs on an external rail that keeps the door outside of the wall. In other words, the open door is not recessed into a pocket where it is hidden from view.

Telescoping Doors

Telescoping frameless internal glass sliding doors are very popular in commercial and industrial environments right now. A telescoping design allows for up to four glass panels mounted on a succession of tracks to move out of the way in succession. A fully retracted door can provide an opening as wide as 16 feet. Equally important is the aesthetic appeal that can easily make the difference when trying to impress business clients.

Construction Materials

Frameless glass doors must be made to exact specifications in order to provide stability and durability. These must also be installed according to manufacturer instructions, down to the very last detail. Materials used for these highly desirable doors are as follows:

Tempered Glass

All frameless glass doors must be made with tempered glass in order to be strong enough to hold up without framing. Tempered glass is highly resistant to shattering as well. In the case of breakage, a thin laminate prevents the door from breaking into millions of little pieces.

Electric' Glass

For applications requiring privacy without the use of external blinds, and electrified glass product can be used. When no electric current is applied, the glass is completely opaque; it becomes clear when electrical current is run through it.

Frosted & Etched Glass

Some designers looking for a special presentation may take advantage of frosted or etched glass. Both types of glass can be tempered and laminated for safety and durability.

Glazing

In the world of glass, the word 'glazing' can apply to a single sheet or pain of glass, or to a process applied to the glass by a skilled glazier. Where these processes are concerned, there are a number of options including fire rated glazing, acoustic glazing, solar thermal glazing, and insulated glazing. Each of these processes is applied to glass to meet a specific customer need.

Aluminium

Aluminium is one of the more popular choices for both sliding door tracks and hardware. Aluminium is lightweight, durable, inexpensive, and easy to recycle. It can also be finished in a number of different options to add beauty to any installation.

Stainless Steel

Applications that are especially heavyweight may require stainless steel tracks or rails rather than aluminium. Some people choose stainless steel not because of weight concerns, but because they prefer the industrial look it provides. Stainless steel is extremely strong as well.

Brass

Although brass is too soft to be used for rails and tracks, it is used for wheel mechanisms and fixtures. A polished brass door handle, for example, adds an element of timeless beauty for glass applications in a more refined setting.

The most reputable manufacturers of frameless internal glass sliding doors offer the full range of styles and materials listed above. As you might expect, there is no shortage of quality manufacturers given the popularity of these products on today's market. Many of the best manufacturers are located in Europe and the United States; below is a list of some of the biggest names in the business.

Manufacturers & Brands of Frameless Internal Sliding Doors

Castelhano & Ferreira

Castelhano & Ferreira (C&F) is a Portuguese company established in 1978. When C&F first opened for business, their speciality was acoustic suspended ceilings and partitions. However, like so many others, it was able to add structural glass to their product list thanks to innovations introduced in the 1990s. Since then they have expanded considerably throughout Europe.

Today C&F designs and manufactures state-of-the-art glass products for a variety of commercial applications. The company prefer projects related to schools, auditoriums, healthcare facilities, hotels and office buildings, though they have been involved in other kinds of projects as well. Castelhano & Ferreira are a bit different from some of their competitors in that the company is NATO accredited for confidential work. This makes them eligible for unique projects that some of their competitors are unable to work on.

Eclisse

Eclisse was 'born' in 1989 in a factory located in northern Italy. The business was originally founded on new technology designed to eliminate the problems associated with sliding glass doors. Prior to their revolutionary track and rail system being introduced, glass was a material largely avoided by interior designers and architects because it was too much trouble to use. Glass doors would easily be hung up or fall completely off the rails without warning. The doors were also very unstable as well.

This bold, new company changed that with a system that provided incredible stability and ease-of-use. As a result, it quickly became one of the foremost names in frameless internal glass sliding doors. Today their reputation still precedes them in every market where they are active.

The company is now the world's largest manufacturer of glass sliding doors of all types. It distributes all over the world with established sales now in 50 countries. In the UK, their expansion has been very robust over the years. You can find Eclisse products in office buildings, hotels, retail centres and more.

Vitrealspecchi

This company has been around since 1939, making it the oldest company offering flat glass finishing and etching services in Italy. The company has been selling its products under the Madras trademark since 1965. Vitrealspecchi Madras glass is well known for its incredible beauty in any setting, making it the ideal choice for hotels, conference centres, and even residential homes.

Technological advancements in the 1990s allowed the company to transition to structural and architectural glass for commercial purposes without sacrificing their artistic etching and finishing processes. Vitrealspecchi is an excellent choice for high-end applications where aesthetic appeal is extremely important. You could say the company is the 'high-fashion' manufacturer of the European architectural glass business.

Avanti Systems USA

Port Chester, New York is the home of US-based Avanti Systems USA, a specialist provider of luxury glass wall systems manufactured according to European design standards. The company was formed more than 20 years ago as a manufacturer and supplier of partitioning systems in the UK. It quickly became a highly respected provider of high-end partitioning systems, operable walls and other associated products. Avanti Systems eventually decided to expand to North America.

The new American company was established to take advantage of what was accomplished in the UK and apply it to architectural and structural glass. The company now serves clients all over the world, including the US, Western Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Avanti Systems USA works with some of the most reputable designers and architects around.

Glass and Glass

Although the company name does not sound as impressive as Eclisse or Vitrealspecchi, Glass and Glass is a company that deserves the utmost respect for its creations. The 29-year-old business is well known around the world for incredibly beautiful designs incorporating dynamic colour, etching, and frosting. What's more, Glass and Glass does more than just manufacture doors and windows.

Glass & Glass designs, engineers and fabricates a full range of glass products, including frameless internal sliding doors, walkways, ceilings, walls, staircases, furniture and a one-off artistic creations. It also hold a patent to a revolutionary railing system that can be used with both flat and bent glass, at the same time, without the need for additional channel support. Their client list includes impressive names like Carnival Cruise Lines, the Ritz-Carlton, and Four Seasons Hotels.

Guardian

US-based Guardian is one of the oldest American companies involved in the glass business, having been established in Detroit, Michigan in 1932. Its original mission was to provide glass for an automotive industry just getting underway. By 1970, the company had grown large enough to open its first float glass factory to serve the construction industry. The company entered the European market in 1981.

Today, Guardian has manufacturing operations in eight countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East. In addition to these main manufacturing points, it also maintains what it calls 'manufacturing outposts' in Russia and India. Guardian designs and manufacturers hundreds of decorative and structural glass products, including beautiful frameless internal glass sliding doors.

Dorma Group

Germany's Dorma Group is a company with more than 100 years of experience in designing and manufacturing high-quality building products. Its glass division produces a full range of architectural and structural products, including frameless internal glass sliding doors, partitions, and swing doors. It also manufactures door hardware for other companies.

Dorma Group's international operations include manufacturing plants in Europe, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Americas. The company is headquartered in Enneapetalous, Germany, employing more than 7,000 worldwide. Its products are distributed through sales operations in 50 countries.

The company’s American customers can take advantage of an innovative new design centre located in New York City. This state-of-the-art centre offers a 360° experience showcasing the company's innovative technology in a number of different settings. The centre is offered primarily to architects, designers, and planners with a desire to understand how the company's glass products can be integrated into their projects.

Vatti Glass Company, Ltd

One of the largest manufacturers and distributors of architectural and structural glass in China is Vatti Glass Company, Ltd. Since 1998, Vatti Glass has been providing tempered and laminated glass products to customers in Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The company is located in the port city of Qingdao in eastern China.

As an international supplier, Vatti Glass does not have the name recognition enjoyed by some of its competitors. However, the quality of its products is rarely disputed among those who use them. The company is accredited by a number of reputable organisations, including the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the China National Accreditation Service (NAS) and the Institute for Solar Technology (SPF).

Go Glass

Go Glass is a family owned company established in the UK in 1978. It does not have the international reach of a Guardian or Dorma Group, but it is respected enough to win contracts from well-known organisations like the BBC and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Design director Clive Sparks is well known throughout the world for his work at various international glass exhibitions.

The company strives to maintain an eco-friendly attitude and a commitment to excellent products and customer service. It purchases its raw materials only from reputable suppliers in Europe and the USA, including British Toughened Glass made to strict specifications.

Go Glass makes frameless internal glass sliding doors for both residential and commercial applications. It can provide clients with a number of different frameless designs including heavy-duty and slimline. The company’s sliding glass doors are now available in eco-glass.

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