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The trackless garage door is a new, patented technology that was first released in the last few months and represents the only garage door of its kind in the world. It works on a counter weight system allowing the door to fold away and sit neatly above the door opening when open. This allows not only for the surrounding ceiling space to be utilised, it means that the interior space around the opening is free of tracks and hardware and can be utilised as required.

It is perhaps this advantage that has seen the glass version of the Overlap Trackless garage door in particular being used for a diverse range of applications aside from garaging, New Zealand distributor of the doors, Graeme Lietz of Scotty Doors says.

“There’s definitely a call for this technology, not only for garage doors, but also for a really diverse range of other applications,” Graeme says. “In particular, we’ve seen it become really popular as a way to enclose decking areas where there is an enclosed roof. In these situations, this technology allows the homeowner to create a fully enclosed area while maintaining the views to outside if protection from the elements is needed. Because it can be opened halfway, it means that the level of enclosure can be chosen as desired, or it can be completely open.”

In more inventive applications, the glass trackless doors have been specified as pool dividers, where a residential swimming pool moves from the outside into an enclosed area. In this situation, the door can be installed to sit slightly above the water line to allow for an indoor part of the pool when closed, or an outdoor pool when open.

The trackless garage door is a new, patented technology that was first released in the last few months and represents the only garage door of its kind in the world. It works on a counter weight system allowing the door to fold away and sit neatly above the door opening when open. This allows not only for the surrounding ceiling space to be utilised, it means that the interior space around the opening is free of tracks and hardware and can be utilised as required.

It is perhaps this advantage that has seen the glass version of the Overlap Trackless garage door in particular being used for a diverse range of applications aside from garaging, New Zealand distributor of the doors, Graeme Lietz of Scotty Doors says.

“There’s definitely a call for this technology, not only for garage doors, but also for a really diverse range of other applications,” Graeme says. “In particular, we’ve seen it become really popular as a way to enclose decking areas where there is an enclosed roof. In these situations, this technology allows the homeowner to create a fully enclosed area while maintaining the views to outside if protection from the elements is needed. Because it can be opened halfway, it means that the level of enclosure can be chosen as desired, or it can be completely open.”

In more inventive applications, the glass trackless doors have been specified as pool dividers, where a residential swimming pool moves from the outside into an enclosed area. In this situation, the door can be installed to sit slightly above the water line to allow for an indoor part of the pool when closed, or an outdoor pool when open.

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“In cafes they’ve been really popular too because they allow for a hospitality setting to be open to the outside, or closed off depending on the weather. Because they fold away neatly when they are open, there are no ugly tracks or hardware, just clean, simple lines, which is something that appeals to the hospitality setting too.”

In fact, the possibilities with the glass doors are really only limited by the imagination. Graeme says one of the most stunning doors he’s installed was on Waiheke Island where a homeowner wanted a glass door to be clad in copper while incorporating coloured glass openings across the panels.

There are limitations in regards to materials that can be placed on the panels due to the counter weight system, but in most situations, these can easily accommodate a large range of materials and finishes.

Double glazing is an option too, so insulation can be a factor that is worked into the design if it is required.

“In cafes they’ve been really popular too because they allow for a hospitality setting to be open to the outside, or closed off depending on the weather. Because they fold away neatly when they are open, there are no ugly tracks or hardware, just clean, simple lines, which is something that appeals to the hospitality setting too.”

In fact, the possibilities with the glass doors are really only limited by the imagination. Graeme says one of the most stunning doors he’s installed was on Waiheke Island where a homeowner wanted a glass door to be clad in copper while incorporating coloured glass openings across the panels.

There are limitations in regards to materials that can be placed on the panels due to the counter weight system, but in most situations, these can easily accommodate a large range of materials and finishes.

Double glazing is an option too, so insulation can be a factor that is worked into the design if it is required.

“We’ve also seen them used in garages that have been converted into different types of spaces. We recently installed one at both ends of a garage that had been set up as a salon where the clients     wanted light to be able to enter the room but also to be able to open it easily when required and steer clear of unsightly tracks on the roof of the salon.”

Branding, logos and corporate messaging can easily be incorporated onto the glass panels, as can digital imagery. “We’ve often had clients wanting to match the finish of the door to the cladding of their home and a simple way to do that is to photograph the cladding and then digitally replicate it onto the glass panels. The technology available means when this is done, the door simply appears as part of the rest of the cladding.”

Get in touch with Scotty Doors on ArchiPro here to find out more about the possibilities of this world-first technology

“We’ve also seen them used in garages that have been converted into different types of spaces. We recently installed one at both ends of a garage that had been set up as a salon where the clients     wanted light to be able to enter the room but also to be able to open it easily when required and steer clear of unsightly tracks on the roof of the salon.”

Branding, logos and corporate messaging can easily be incorporated onto the glass panels, as can digital imagery. “We’ve often had clients wanting to match the finish of the door to the cladding of their home and a simple way to do that is to photograph the cladding and then digitally replicate it onto the glass panels. The technology available means when this is done, the door simply appears as part of the rest of the cladding.”

Get in touch with Scotty Doors on ArchiPro here to find out more about the possibilities of this world-first technology

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