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Slim Sliding Doors for Swimming Pools

internal or external pools are the epitome of luxury lifestyles

Architectural designs around these designer-living additions tend to be contemporary in style but the design also has to take into account its environment close to a residential pool area.

KELLER minimal windows are used regularly by designers to the rear of properties leading onto an external pool, as sliding glass doors to pool houses, internally to separate a pool climate with the homes or as minimally framed sliding glass walls surrounding internal pools.

Thanks to the slim framing of the minimal windows sliding system, any internal pool can be expertly merged with the outside making the internal pool feel as if it is outside. The sliding glass walls can also be slid open in warmer months to create the illusion of an external pool area.

minimally framed sliding glass doors

Thresholds for Bare Feet

When using the KELLER minimal windows as sliding doors leading to an external pool their flush threshold track is an excellent design aspect. The shallow, flush base tracks are comfortable to walk over in bare feet giving easy access to any external pool areas.

You could also want to consider the Freeway base option from KELLER. This base provides a completely flat threshold to the door with no sliding track visible in the floor. The result is a comfortable, step free transition from the poolside back inside.

Stop Condensation Build Up on the Glass

All number of modern, electrical glass solutions can be integrated into the KELLER minimal windows framing to ensure the performance required.

Heated Glass is a popular options for sliding glass doors surrounding pool areas. An electrically constructive coating is applied to the interior of the glass construction, when an electrical current is passed through the internal coating it created a radiant heat that warms the top surface of the glass.

This is a great option for pool designs as no condensation can build up on the warm glass surfaces.

Heated glass can be expertly integrated into a minimal windows sliding door system by our architectural glazing experts. Your minimal windows supplier (IQ Glass in the UK) will be able to advise on the specifics of including electrical heated glass into your poolside sliding doors.

Laminated Glass for Pool Glazing

It is best practice to use laminated glass for any poolside facing glazing that is within 2m of the pool.

This is to protect the pool filtration system. If broken glass were to enter the filtration system it could cause damage.

For this reason, we do recommend the inclusion of a laminated glass pane in any minimal window near swimming pool. It is completely up to the specifier whether they choose to do this or not.

If you are including a laminated pane into your minimal window installation, we recommend using the minimal windows 4+. The slightly deeper sliding door system has more space to include thicker glass units and allow for the additional thickness of a laminated glass pane.

Marine Grade Framing Finishes

When specifying sliding doors for a swimming pool environment you also need to make sure that the frames are protected against the harsher climate of the pool. Whether you are creating a chlorine-based pool or saltwater pool, there will be additional corrosive elements in the air.

The aluminium framing of the minimal windows is finished with a marine grade PPC as standard. This is a robust powder coated finish able to protect the aluminium frames from the harsher environments of home swimming pools.

For additional protection you could specify the frames be pre-anodised. We recommend this if the sliding doors are being used by a saltwater swimming pool.

Low Maintenance Glass

Another addition to the specification that might be useful is a low maintenance glass coating, on the pool side of the glass sliding doors. This specialist coating created an extremely smooth surface to the sliding glass, making it more difficult for deposits to stick to the glass and making it easier to clean.

For pool environments where there are additional chemicals in the air, these low maintenance coatings can make sliding glass doors easier to clean and reduce the amount of cleaning required to the glass.

Are you interested in using the minimal windows system for your own swimming pool project? Visit our contact page to get in touch with our UK partners for a quotation and specification advice.

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