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How to fit a sliding door

Posted by Helen Jordan, on
What is the process to prepare an area to fit a sliding door. I am hoping to have a couple fitted within a new extension.
David Clark

David Clark

Hi Helen You will need to decide which sliding door you require, and obtain the dimensions. Build your opening in the wall of the new extension and fit a door lining to suit the dimensions of the door. Ensure that you fit a lintel above the opening, and that the floor is level. Also allow for the thickness of the flooring. You can then follow the manufacturer's instructions and fit the new sliding door. Best Regards David
stephen mulholland

stephen mulholland

Hi,Helen , To fit sliding doors , you have to measure the area in which the door will go , then you can decide whether you can fit 2 or 3 sliding doors , once that is decided a frame will have to be built to accommodate the doors using 4x2 cls( 100mm x 50 mm) timber, the frame will be finished on the inside and out with facings and skirting to match your exciting .the doors are positioned on a sliding rail, job done , thanks
Mike Box

Mike Box

Dear Helen, Make sure the floor is level in the area to be fitted .measure height and width TWICE be sure your measurements are 100% correct, if the floor is uneven the base rail will need packing to correct, allow a few inches /cm in the head to build down to top rail if you cant get the required width build sides to accommodate it sounds complex but there are some good D I Y kits out there and its quite simple .just measure measure measure ,and if all else fails get a carpenter . Good luck kind regards Mike
Radoslaw Tober

Radoslaw Tober

Hello Helen The process will depend on what kind of sliding door you would wish to have fitted will they be exposed or pocket door or maybe bi folding. There are couple of important thing to keep in mind like the size and weight of the door as if you will have a kitchen in the extension it will have to be a fire door and these are much heavier also do not forget that a good quality rail will extend the work live of the door and need almost no attention once fitted, a good rail will have Wheels on ball race bearings , Nylon rollers or other , a pick-up stop for closing and opening. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind regards Radek
Damir Sehic

Damir Sehic

First of all, check for the doors which you like in terms of size. Once you decide, make sure that you have the right measurements for the builder to leave that space for the chosen doors so there aren't any problems with fitting.
Michal Banas

Michal Banas

Dear Helen, It all depends where exactly you want to have your new door fitted. If it is in newly created wall of extension - quite simple. When walls are going up make sure openings are the size you want (width and height), fit steel or lintels above to close it. Then take exact measurements and start shopping for new door. Sometimes it is easier to ask supplier to do site visit and leave taking measurements to him - that way you can be sure everything will be as it should. Of course make sure that wall ties for cavity wall are on both sides of opening with specified spaces between. And last - cavity closer should be fitted before you will have your door in. If you are planning to fit door into existing wall it is exactly as Louis explained. Hope that helps.
Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton

Hi best to have a level floor if possible for best results if it is bespoke the your sullplter should give you best advise. Regards Andy Thornton
Louis De Courcey

Louis De Courcey

Once you know the width of your doors , you can order the lintels or steels which will be needed to support the wall above the new doors. This will be calculated fairly easily. Then take out the openings you require and support the load above with acrows.Once its supported you can slide in your steels or lintels. Then place your doors in the correct position under the steels or lintel . Then build your brickwork to the side of the doors and then plaster the inside . Hope that helps .
Ivan Locke

Ivan Locke

First make sure that the wall you are using is long enough each side, depending on the system you are using, normally you fit the top runner first sit the doors on then lock in with the bottom runner.
Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton

Hi Helen, There are a number of sliding door options if you could tell me if it is for an external door and if so the height and width please. 1/ Sliding 2/ Bi-fold 3/ French Doors 4/ Patio doors What you choose should help in budget and materials. Regards Andy

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