Buying and Maintenance Tips
Standard models come at a height of 6 feet and 8 inches, 6 feet and 11 inches or 8 feet. There are other wider configurations that come with 3 or 4 doors extending the width up to 16 feet. Opening styles also vary such as single or double-opening. Some manufacturers can provide you with a catalogue or list of design options just in case you need modifications in terms of style and dimensions. Custom-made metal sliding doors are not uncommon and you can get the best model that suits your taste and room at an added cost.
Most doors also come with sliding or rolling screens or top-mounted insect screens that reduces that amount of debris that can accumulate at the bottom glide rail. More recent models have been created to increase convenience and versatility such as the lift and slide technology wherein the door moves up onto the rollers and glides perfectly every time the door handle is turned 180 degrees. The door returns onto its rubber foot platform when the handle is turned back. The rubber foot has an airtight and watertight seal that keeps external elements out. There are also the high-tech metal sliding doors that curve around a 90-degree angle, providing a very sleek and modern look with proper light control.
Check the locking mechanism to ensure security as well as the airtight and watertight seal between the doors. Regularly check the rollers to ensure that the frames are perfectly in place and fit the gliders well for smoother operation. Dust or vacuum the rails as well once a month to get rid of debris that may hinder movement.