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Hinged Door vs Sliding Door – Which Door is Better for Your Home?

Triline offers various interior timber doors that come in different styles. We use high-quality timber and door hardware to make sure your door stands the test of time. Select one of our doors and customise it to your preferences.

Doors are available in various colours, materials and styles. Out of all the types of interior doors, the two most popular options are the hinged and sliding door. They can be used for almost any area in your home such as your bedroom, bathroom or living room. Understanding the pros and cons of these doors can help you decide on which one best suits your home.

Hinged and Sliding Doors

First, it is good to understand both options when it comes to their style. A hinged door consists of either a hollow-cored door or a solid wooden panel attached to a door jamb with two or more hinges. The door width and length depends on the size of the room it will be installed in.

On the other hand, sliding doors are designed to open and close horizontally with a stationary panel and an operating panel. Its operating panel is attached to overhead quick release track fittings that enable it to slide to the left and right. These doors can fit into tighter spaces since their panels do not interfere with your room’s space.

Space Clearance

When it comes to space, hinged doors require a moderate space clearance to open inwards or outwards completely. If there is a lack of space, hinged doors might warp or de-shape over time. As for sliding doors, they do not require any space to open or close completely due to their sliding mechanism, which enables the door to slide in and out of a wall cavity.

Installation

Hinged doors require hardware fittings, a door frame and a lot of precision from the installer’s end. This type of door follows the traditional way of installing an interior door and is quite labour intensive. It requires the installer to attach the door frame, screw the hinges on the frame, attach a latch on the door jamb and secure the door panel on the hinges and jamb.

For sliding doors, their installation involves precise measurement and attaching the tracks. It is important to measure the door frame to determine how long your door panel and track fittings will be. When attaching the track fittings and door panel, consider hiring a professional sliding door installer to ensure your door does not become dislodged from its track when it is slid to the left and right.

Maintenance

To maintain the quality of a hinged door, consider lubricating the door hinges and latch occasionally with WD-40. This reduces corrosion and prevents the door from having a squeaking sound when it is opened and closed.

With sliding doors, maintenance is done to prevent jamming. This can occur due to dust and dirt that accumulate on the track fittings. If the door’s sliding mechanism is still not smooth after cleaning the track, consider replacing the wheels to restore its smooth run.

Custom Doors

At Triline, we have a wide range of customisable interior timber doors that are suitable for residential and commercial properties. Our range of interior doors includes hinged and sliding doors that come in different sizes, finishes and high-quality timber. With our doors, you’ll find many possibilities of enhancing your room’s space, design and function.

Give us a call on 1300 239 206 for any enquiries.