Lift & Slide Door Systems – Exteriors and Outdoor Design (5) : Design trends for exterior spaces and four-season rooms

Lift and Slides are a multi-slide door system which incorporates a specially engineered design and hardware set that allows the user to “Lift and Slide” the door system.

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Lift and Slide doors implement a large leverage handle, the operator engages a double v-gasket seal at the top and bottom of the door to both open and lock the door. The panels in this system use their own weight to compress the double v-gasket seals which creates a completely weather-tight wall system when in the “down” position. When in the “up” position, the panels, which weigh 200 pounds or more, can be easily moved with a few pounds of pressure, literally with the fingertip. The track options include four recessed options which are either with or without a drain channel and the only visible track is a 3/16″ rail protruding from the finished floor. This track is “bare-foot friendly” a great feature to have for doors that stay open to join the outside environment with the interior living space on a regular basis.

The aluminum Lift Slide Door System has been the architect’s choice when it comes to colossal openings. Its robust aluminum construction allows large, heavy panels to operate smoothly and securely. Aluminum allows for larger sizes with huge glass expanses that not only accentuate the views of the surroundings but also welcome more natural daylight into interior spaces.

Lift & Slide door systems are available in a variety of profiles including:

  • All aluminum for its sound insulation properties and energy efficiency while providing an option for curved walls and unobstructed panoramic views
  • All aluminum high impact designed for hurricane wind and water protection
  • All aluminum slim profile designed for a contemporary look and larger panel sizes
  • Thermally broken for extreme climates requiring higher insulation and greater thermal efficiency.
  • Thermally broken slim profile for a virtual moving wall of aluminum-framed glass panels that can stack or disappear into a pocket thus opening up living spaces to the outdoors. The thermal break design offers energy efficiency in the most demanding climate.

Panda Windows and Doors provides a variety of options in the design of outdoor rooms that combine the inside area with the outside in the most ideal fashion.  The range of materials and panel sizes as well as the variety of available systems provide architects and designers with great flexibility towards creating an interior- exterior interface that capitalizes on the view while creating architecturally exciting designs.

We hope you gleaned some valuable information from the fifth and final installment of our educational series on Lift and Slide doors and we also hope you tune in for the next blog which includes a little quiz where you can win a free USB card…



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Learning Objectives – After this course, you should be able to:

Discuss the key sustainability criteria (LEED and SITES) that apply to the design of exterior spaces and outdoor rooms.
Describe some of the various product systems that are available for designing exterior spaces and outdoor rooms, and understand each system’s compliance with sustainability criteria.
List design options for exterior deck spaces regarding railings and safety.
Explain the ways in which exterior spaces and outdoor rooms can help to meet LEED and SITES requirements of human health and well-being.

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  • AAPEI 1 Learning Hour
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