Over recent years, large patio doors
that allow lots of natural light into the home have become increasingly popular
in the UK. The trend for linking the home and garden into one connected living
space has fuelled a trend for a wide range of glass doors, from the simple
French doors to bi-fold doors and entire, sleek contemporary walls of fully
It’s a lovely way to create lots of
natural light and a feeling of spaciousness and wellbeing. But although they
look great, some of these door systems can be very heavy, difficult to
manoeuvre, and in some cases quite dangerous for unwary hands.
Thanks to the flush lift and slide door
handle from HOPPE (UK), homeowners can now let more light into their home
without having to worry about how to operate the door.
Lift and slide patio doors allow you to
use larger glass panels than other types of door systems but, despite the
additional weight, lift and slide door systems are much easier to use than
traditional sliding doors.
Architectural Ironmongers B J Waller
approached HOPPE (UK) looking for a solution to a non-traditional sliding door
“I was asked by our customer to come up
with a solution for a pair of pocket lift and slide doors that closed onto a
corner post,” said Adrian Bailey, technical sales representative at B J Waller.
“Standard lift and slide handles would have collided with each other, but as
the HOPPE handle sits flush to the door, it provided the perfect fit and our
customer was really pleased with the final design.”
By simply turning the lever handle to
180º, the panels lift completely off the track and slide open, quite literally
with the push of a finger. The advanced running gears mean that the doors are
much easier to move, regardless of the weight. It allows you to move multiple
inline panels that weigh up to 440kg each.
To return the door to a stationary
position, the handle is used again to lower the panel. The wheels are protected
from excessive wear, and the panel weight creates a weather-tight seal.
Lisa Nightingale, door and window sales
manager at HOPPE (UK), says:
“Lift and slide door systems are
becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they allow us to create much larger
openings than with traditional sliding doors. The flush design of the handle
complements the smooth, minimalist design, and homeowners feel like they are
bringing the outside in without having their view blocked by bulky doors and