A description of sliding flyscreen door installation and construction

Construction of sliding flydoors:
  • A flydoor is a basic aluminium outer frame with mesh to stop the insects while still providing a clear view out of the building.
  • The image below is of a typical sliding flydoor. It shows a “sight-rail” / “mid-rail” which can be easily removed. It’s purpose it simply to alert people that there is a door there and not to walk through it.

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The following image shows a close up of our standard ‘pull handle’ which has no latching mechanism. It also shows the shape of our typical extrusion close up

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This is image shows our optional “Latch Lock”. Left to right – Unlatched position – Latched position – Latched to the “keeper” which is attached to the main door frame.

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This shows the components inside the corners of our sliding doors.

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  • The “Top Guides” (Black plastic component) can be adjusted with either a manual or electric screw driver (moves the guide up or down).
  • In the image above:
    • The top door corner sample, shows:
      • Both the height and width of the frame fitted to the internal corner.
      • The adjusting hole can be seen to the left of the screw on that sample.
      • The “Top Guide” is in the “Down” position, effectively making the door as short as is possible. When we fit the door, we put it into the tracks in this position and then screw the adjuster to move the Top Guide “Up” .
    • The bottom sample in this image shows:
      • The internal corner and the width part of the frame.
      • The Top Guide is in the “Up” position.

The following photo shows all of the same elements, but displays the “Bottom Wheels”.

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This photo shows the replaceable cartridges for our wheels and guides.

It shows them in their “Down” and “Up” positions.

They are interchangeable, so in some instances, we put wheels in the top of our doors.

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Retro-Fit Tracks:

Most modern “Residential” aluminium sliding doors will have tracks for flydoors (or security doors) built in.

Many older “Residential” aluminium sliding doors also have tracks built in, but in some cases they aren’t suitable for our doors because they are too narrow, or are designed for “top hung wheels” (literally, the door is hung from the top track, rather than carrying its weight on the bottom wheels). We can usually come up with something to accommodate one of our doors in these situations, but not always.

Most modern “Commercial” sliding doors do not have tracks built in. We have various ways to add tracks on, but bear in mind, we must ALWAYS fit our tracks and doors on the opposite side of the fixed glass to where the glass sliding door moves to make it possible to close the gap between our door and the fixed glass frame when the glass door is open and you want the flydoor to perform its function.

Not all modern timber sliding doors have tracks built in. In most cases, we can fit additional tracks for our doors to run on.

Often we’ll find a sliding door with no tracks that has been built ‘flush’ with a wall and the only option available is to add tracks that then protrude past the wall. We understand this is not ideal aesthetically, but we can’t disobey the laws of physics and make our tracks / doors invisible. It is up to the owner to decide whether form or function wins those arguments.

This is an image of a common retro-fit bottom track (the white aluminium bit, not the tiimber) where we can fit it directly to the base of the door frame or to the floor of the property (however, position is often dictated by function).

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This is an image of a “J Track”. This is used where we can’t fit to the floor, but we can screw into the face of the door frame or sill.

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This shows a sample door corner sitting within a piece of our common top track

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We have some other track and frame options available (not pictured) to accommodate unusual needs.

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