Parallel slide & tilt doors are a particularly versatile type of garden and balcony door. Thanks to a flexible mechanism they combine the slide function of sliding sash doors with the tilt function of standard windows. In this way, they allow a comparatively large selection of opening types. Opening the door for ventilation is particularly easy and convenient with parallel slide & tilt models, which is why the parallel pull-out sashes are very popular today - be it as a classic wood, inexpensive uPVC or modern alu model.
Here is a brief summary of the functionality and opening types of typical parallel slide & tilt doors: the closed sash is first tilted horizontally by turning the door handle and finally detaches from the lower frame with another turn of the handle. The sash, which now protrudes parallel to the frame, can be moved horizontally in order to open or close the door opening as required. Although this is a relatively seamless process, it is still possible to distinguish roughly between four basic positions:
All of these opening types have different advantages, which ensure that this type of sliding door is one of the most versatile systems on the market.
Parallel slide & tilt doors can be equipped with additional security elements and are in no way inferior to other opening type models in terms of break-in protection. However, if you do leave the house for a long time, it is better to leave the tilting door closed.
Before you start choosing the basic material – wood, alu or uPVC – and accessories when buying a new door, you should consider the possible opening types, which likewise play a major role.
Parallel slide & tilt doors impress with their balanced combination of different possible sash positions, which open up possible uses that no other mechanism would otherwise allow.