A guide to choosing Sliding Patio Doors

Changing a solid door for one with more glass, or creating a larger opening in your wall to allow for a Sliding Patio Door is a great way of allowing more natural light into your home.

What to look for when buying a Sliding Patio Door

When choosing a Sliding Patio Door, there are many things to consider, such as:

  • Which material to choose, Aluminium or uPVC
  • Inline or Lift & Slide
  • Dimensions of the sightline
  • Colour
  • Security
  • Cost



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Aluminium Lift & Slide Patio Doors

Which material to choose; Aluminium or uPVC

Due to the strength of aluminium, each door panel can be made wider than a uPVC door and the profiles tend to be slimmer, allowing for more glass and less frame. Excellent U-Values can be achieved with either a twin or triple track. Aluminium Sliding Patio Doors are available in a wide range of RAL colours and require very little maintenance to keep them looking good over a long period of time.

uPVC Sliding Doors are energy efficient, offering cost effective thermal efficiency to reduce heating costs. They are very low maintenance and cleaning is simple using soapy warm water. uPVC Sliding Patio Doors tend to have thicker sightlines than Aluminium.


KAT PVC Sliding Patio Door

Which is more suitable, Inline Sliding or Lift & Slide Patio Doors?

For door sashes up to 1.5 metres wide, an Inline Sliding Patio Door will be ideal in either Aluminium or uPVC. For sashes over 1.5 metres wide and up to 3 metres wide, we would recommend an Aluminium Lift & Slide Patio Door. Operating Lift & Slide doors is easy, simply turn the handle through 180 degrees to raise the door on its track slightly and the doors then glide smoothly across the track. Contact KAT for more information





Dimension of profile:

Each of our Aluminium Sliding Patio Doors offers unique features and benefits. Our Slim Sliding Door has a 35mm sightline and is available as either an Inline Sliding Door or Lift & Slide. The Kawneer Inline Sliding Patio Door has a sightline of 87mm and the Lift & Slide Patio Doors have a meeting style dimension of 107mm.  Further information about each of the doors can be found on their webpages.






Colour of your Sliding Doors

The choice of colours is endless. With our Aluminium range, we recommend the luxurious textura finish in a wide range of RAL colours, with White and Anthracite Grey currently being the two most popular colours. Find out more.

























Security of your Sliding Doors

We understand that your doors need to be secure for your peace of mind. All of our Sliding Patio Doors are fitted with multi-point locks with a 3 star security cylinder.



The cost of your Sliding Patio Doors will depend on many things, such as the material you choose, how many sliding panes you would like, whether you decide on an Inline Sliding Door or Lift & Sliding Door, the overall size and colour. A uPVC Sliding Door will cost less than an Aluminium Sliding Patio door because Aluminium as a raw material is more expensive than uPVC.  KAT manufactures both uPVC and Aluminium Sliding Doors and offers a 10 year guarantee on both. If you would like a quote to supply and install a Sliding Patio Door, we can put you in touch with one of our Design Partners.







KAT manufactures a wide range of Aluminium Sliding Patio Doors, with a slim 35mm sightline,  an Inline Sliding Patio door with 87mm sightline and a Lift & Slide Patio door with a 107mm sightline. KAT has been manufacturing uPVC Sliding Patio Doors since 1998, with a low threshold and capable of meeting Part M. KAT is also an exclusive supplier of the ‘Svarre’ range of Frameless Glass to Glass Sliding Doors. We are proud to have been awarded ‘Best Patio Door Solution in both 2017 and 2018’.

Contact KAT on 01625 439666         [email protected]        www.katuk.co.uk