Should you choose a lift & slide door or a tilt & slide door?


The choice of a lift & slide door versus a tilt & slide door largely depends on the size of the doorway, desired ease of use, visual compatibility, and your budget.

If you are having trouble choosing a sliding door, Klaasmerk is always happy to help. Klaasmerk offers high-quality plastic profile sliding doors primarily designed for building envelopes, balconies, and terraces.

The choice of a lift & slide versus a tilt & slide system with a ventilation position for your sliding doors depends on at least three factors.

The first thing to consider is the desired view. If your preferred design is an all-glass wall with a low threshold, Klaasmerk’s experts recommend choosing a Thermoslide lift & slide door with a large aperture. White versions of these large-pane sliding doors can be used for covering up to 6.5 metre wide apertures with a height of up to 2.8 metres. Coloured versions come in slightly smaller sizes, with maximum widths of up to 4.5 and heights of up to 2.5 metres.

Lift & slide doors

Lift & slide doors are the better and more economical choice for new buildings. They offer more customization options, and while their installation process is rather specific, it can be taken into account already by the design stage. However, Klaasmerk’s specialists are equipped to handle their installation in renovated buildings as well – ultimately, it all depends on the customer’s wishes and budget.

While the wide views offered by Thermoslide lift & slide doors are more expensive, you can be sure of their high quality. And quality is essential when it comes to large glazed surfaces. Thermoslide doors feature a highly reliable design. They are safe to open and close, and even more importantly: convenient for daily use.

Tilt & slide doors

Tilt & slide doors are suitable for smaller apertures, as they come in widths of up to 4.5 metres and heights of up to 2.5 metres. Their advantage, however, is a convenient ventilation position as well as a lower price.

Tilt & slide doors use a high threshold. But if this is not an issue, then this type of sliding door has a wide range of applications.


The initial lubrication and cleaning the glass are easy enough to do independently for both types of sliding doors. However, since both systems are relatively complex, any more specific maintenance work should be left to an expert.

It is safe to say that the more expensive lift & slide doors are more robust and thus easier to open and close. If you need help adjusting the fittings of your sliding doors, Klaasmerk is here to help.

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