Sourcing sliding triple glazed patio doors

27 Sep 2009
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United Kingdom
Hi all.

for an ongoing project, I am looking to source a single set of triple glazed timber patio doors. Not particularly large - aperture 1.8m wide, 2m high. Two panes, left pane fixed, right sliding (could be lift and slide). Outer, and potentially inner to be painted (factory or otherwise).

I could consider:
- passiv haus standard doors
- reasonable U patio doors, from a standard manufacturer
- need a warranty of sensible length

I would not consider
- uPVC U
- Double glazing
- folding doors

It seems an easy query, but I really struggling via web. Either sites offer (relatively) poor U values, lift and fold (extensive options), but few slide only.

Most of the passivHaus manufacturers are fully bespoke, and many are unresponsive, waiting 7+ days for any replies let alone quotes.

Anyone got any suggestions of reliable suppliers and/or off the shelf products that might meet this need? No idea where the trade would go for this kind of item.

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I get your point, but I'm busy M-F, 9-5, travelling extensively overseas and can't just racking up massive roaming bills whilst trying to source materials - especially for relatively specific requirements. I had a similar issue with windows, and ended up just not working with suppliers who could not correspond by email or provide electronic copies of quotations. Thankfully quite a few suppliers are effective like this now, but I can see why so much trade is shifting to direct portal sales and 7x24 online sites.
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(to avoid any duplication in suggestions I have already approached... Olsen, Katzbeck, VuFold, LivingWood. Also looking for other potential sources, especially if not 'made to measure' long lead time services).

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