Specifier Review
facade doors

Optimising garage aesthetics and space with side sliding façade doors

Side opening garage doors from Rundum Meir that become a continuous part of a seamless façade and open elegantly by sliding into the adjacent wall when opening offer a wealth of design possibilities for both commercial and residential buildings.

With the premium garage door manufacturer producing every one of its garage doors to an individual design, architects have the scope to rethink the situation of garages within buildings to either blend seamlessly or create a stand-out feature of the door, rather than considering it purely as a functional element. This can even include creating a façade with a ‘round the corner’ garage door to deliver a stunning aesthetic feature along with side sliding garage doors that disappear from sight when fully opened.

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These continuous façade doors are ideal for providing access to plant and delivery vehicles, as well as where domestic multi-user garage doors are required, perhaps for car lifts. As with pocket doors in interior rooms, by having an integrated façade door that slides into a wall, garages with more useable space inside can be achieved, with cleaner sightlines for a less cluttered end-result. And by automating these garage doors, end users can integrate the side sliding garage door into their connected smart home or building management system for added security and convenience.

Rundum Meir’s capabilities to use metal or timber materials in any finish to match the aesthetics of any building concept, can be fully utilised by consulting with architects and clients at the earliest design stage – developing the façade door concept and delivering on the design intent. Its particular expertise with hand crafting timber ensures that façade designs featuring wooden battens and cladding can be seamlessly extended onto the garage door with total consistency.

Rundum Meir (UK)’s Danesch Missaghian says:

“There is so much scope in contemporary architecture to fully integrate side sliding garage doors into a seamless façade design, adding a ‘wow factor’ but also being more practical for end users. Façade doors need no longer to be considered as niche as we have the design and technical expertise to guide architects on the right solutions to give complete confidence on its feasibility before a project leaves the drawing board.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in manufacturing garage doors by hand-to the finest standards of craftsmanship, Rundum Meir offers premium quality products which can make a positive contribution to any high-end building project. Doors are created using the highest quality wood and aluminium, with species of timber including Spruce, Sapele, Hemlock, Cedar, Larch, European Oak, Douglas Fir and Iroko. Importantly, each door is constructed from the same or a number of trees or timber where possible to ensure colour continuity and matching veining patterns.

To ensure lasting performance, all wooden door options doors are impregnated with an environmentally friendly base coat to protect against moisture ingress, which can then be finished after it has been delivered and installed or during the production process. Rundum Meir’s aluminium garage door options are designed with insulated panels in a variety of finishes and colours, including a wide selection of RAL colours and unique faux wood options.

Find out more about Rundum Meir at www.rundumgaragedoors.co.uk.