Flooring, thresholds & sliding doors

22 October 2020

Colchester rear extension with step detail threshold and CP130 floating corner sliding doors by Exact Architectural Glazing

What type of threshold would you like to achieve for your new sliding doors?

When thinking about your new sliding doors, you may not have given much thought to the threshold you’d like to achieve. The time to decide is during your research and planning, as this will ensure the threshold is designed to your exact requirements in the most visually pleasing and seamless way, by your architect and builder. It’s vital that the detail is agreed at the early stages as this ensures the glazing installation is a smooth process.

As well as being a very attractive architectural design feature a flush threshold has a very functional purpose. Choosing to have a flush threshold provides you with step-free access between your indoor and outdoor spaces. No step up or down, which means all of your family members and guests are able to easily and independently enjoy the flow of your home.

flush threshold achieved with sliding doors by Exact Architectural glazing

Zone your space with a well-designed step

Alternatively, you may like to make a feature out of your threshold to zone your indoor and outdoor space. In this project in Colchester, our clients chose to create a shallow step detail with stainless steel capping, which looks stunning. The step itself is low and features a slot channel drain for optimal weatherproofing.

sleek stainless steel capped step combined with CP130 sliding doors by Exact Architectural Glazing

The Reynaers CP130 Sliding Doors are configured in a floating corner, with matching aluminium sliding door head track and soffit to achieve a seamless, precise finish.


soffit detail on Reynaers CP130 sliding door by exact architectural glazing

Working with Concept Eight Architects in Weybridge

For our project in Weybridge, we worked closely with Concept Eight Architects. We love the overall design for the large rear extension which features a kitchen, dining and envy-inducing covered outdoor entertaining area.

Slot drains are featured and offset from the sliding door threshold, with interior and exterior tiles flush with the sliding door track to achieve a flush threshold for the seamless indoor-outdoor living our clients wanted to achieve.

weybridge reaer extension with Exact Architectural glazing

Weybridge sliding doors with flush threshold by Exact Architectural Glazing

Block and beam flooring in New Malden

The type of floor you choose will have an impact on the threshold options you have. Talking this through with us and your onsite team is the best way to make sure your vision is achieved. In our New Malden project, a block and beam flooring style was chosen for the decking area. 

new malden block & beam deck with flush threshold sliding doors by Exact Architectural Glazing

As you can see from the pictures, sometimes there is significant build-up work required to achieve the flush threshold – but it’s well worth it! This threshold features a standard aco drain. Your architect and builder will be able to advise you on the best drainage solution for your project. 

rear extension featuring Exact Architectural Glazing

Blurring the threshold with exceptional tiling detail!

As well as achieving a flush threshold, our clients in Essex went one step further to blur the indoor-outdoor threshold and chose the same tiling for their new kitchen dining room and outside patio. This detail further brings the two entertaining spaces together, when combined with a flush threshold. 

Colchester rear extension featuring flush threshold and sliding doors by Exact Architectural Glazing

Our clients in Upton Grey added a rear extension so that they would be able to enjoy the year-round, ever-changing countryside views. The matching flooring for the new lounge and outdoor entertaining space flows over the flush threshold. Our client shared this with us about the project:

The flush threshold was particularly useful for a visiting guest who was in a wheelchair. They were able to have complete independence and move between the terrace and new living space as they wished

Upton Grey proejct featuring sliding doors by Exact Architectural Glazing

Ready to choose your sliding doors?

Now that you’re up to speed on thresholds, have you decided which sliding door design you would like? Our carefully curated range of sliding doors each offers different features and benefits, ensuring that we can find the right style to fit your requirements.

Whether you’re looking to achieve a floating corner with the Reynaers CP130, a 99% / 1% glass to frame ratio with the VIIU system or would like your sliding doors to be fully automatic with remote control – our Project Managers will work with you to advise you on the best solution to meet your needs.

Visit our showroom to try our sliding door range

The best way to decide which sliding door style is right for you is to visit our Liphook showroom, which is open by appointment only. We are offering socially distanced appointments, which can be booked here or by calling 01428 748255.

If you have plans, bring them along so that we can chat these through to get a full understanding of your project scope and vision.




Get in touch today to discuss your next project with one of the Exact team and find out why working with us could be the solution for you.




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