Roller, sliding and folding doors – what’s the difference?

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There are lots of types of industrial doors and it’s easy to get confused between them. Three main types of industrial door are rolling, sliding and folding.

So what’s the difference between these three types of doors? In this post, we’ll answer this question.

What are roller doors?

Roller doors, also known as roller shutters, are essentially a curtain that consists of slats. The door can roll around itself at the top of the door opening.

Roller doors are very common in industrial and commercial settings. One reason for this is they take up so little space when they’re open. This is in contrast to swing doors, for example, that swing open and therefore require a lot of free space.

Another advantage of roller doors over swing doors is that roller doors open upwards rather than outwards. This means there’s less chance of the door hitting a vehicle.

Also, roller doors open and close quickly. Usually, the doors are automated, so you just need to press a button to open them.

What are sliding doors?

Sliding doors operate as their name suggests – they open by sliding. They’re usually fixed onto a rail or a track that keeps them in place. When you need to open the door, you just slide it across. Sometimes the door comes with an automated system that lets you open the door by pressing a button.

Sliding doors come in two varieties: horizontal sliding doors and vertical sliding doors. The horizontal kind opens by sliding either left or right while the vertical variety opens by sliding upwards.

An advantage of sliding and folding doors is that they require minimal maintenance since they have few moving parts. This is in contrast to roller doors, which are made from lots of interlocking slats.

One disadvantage of sliding doors is that they don’t fold up, which means they take up space when open.

What are folding doors?

Folding doors, unlike sliding doors, open and close in a concertina, fan-like fashion. They are usually made from aluminium or steel sections, with optional glass sections that can let light through and let customers see inside.

Folding doors also come in two varieties: single stack and bi-folding. With a single stack, the door simply folds all the way to one side. With bi-folding, two doors are split centrally and fold to both sides..

An advantage of folding doors is that they can be folded into a very small space.

Another advantage is they require minimal maintenance since they have few moving parts.


Here at Action Shutters, we have doors to suit all your requirements, whether it’s a roller door, sliding door, folding door, or something else entirely. Whatever type of door you need, we’re here for you.

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