Folding Glass Walls

Folding Glass Walls

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Folding glass walls have been a signature product of Solar Innovations® since their introduction to the industry in 1998. Folding glass walls are also known as bi-fold doors or accordion style doors and can accommodate any number of panels and configurations. Solar Innovations® provides in-folding and out-folding glass walls to accommodate the needs of many particular applications.  Swing doors (also known as man doors) can be integrated into the folding glass walls, allowing the user to easily enter and exit a room without operating all of the panels.

Why Choose a Folding Glass Wall?

fgw_1Folding Glass Walls are chosen for projects because of their flexibility and customization options. Folding glass walls span larger openings than traditional doors and can provide a seamless transition between a structure and the outdoors. Folding Glass Wall systems can be used for any number of applications, including enclosed porches, covered patios, pool enclosures, pool houses, restaurants, retirement homes, stadiums, hospitals, hotels, golf resorts, and many other customizable applications.  The aluminum framing makes this product offering a preferential choice for hospital and retirement home facilities as well.

Folding glass walls can be used for either residential or commercial applications, interior or exterior walls, and also where high velocity hurricane zone (HVHZ) requirements are necessary. There are two types of frames available for all folding glass walls: thermal and non-thermal.

Thermal

A thermal frame is an insulated unit used for exterior applications where the door will be in direct contact with the elements.  The basic premise is that thermal creates a barrier or resistance from heat and cold transfer from the outside elements to the interior.  This is a typical application for aluminum in colder climates.

Non-Thermal

Non-thermal folding glass wall frames are not insulated and are typically used for interior projects.  Non-thermal frames can also be installed where there is no exposure to the elements or in three season applications, such as the Caribbean.

Commercial Folding Glass Walls

fgw_2As an American manufacturer that specializes in custom folding glass wall systems, Solar Innovations, Inc. is the ideal company for commercial glazing solutions.  Solar creates folding glass walls that are completely customizable.  Solar’s integrated Specification Writer simplifies the process of incorporating Solar’s products and we even provide a blank template for use when offline.  It is impossible to mention each and every product application or configuration because there are simply so many.

Please refer to our project gallery to find work that we have completed either in your area or matching your project requirements.  Then, fill out a Quote Form to begin the process and one of Solar’s design experts will be happy to assist you.  Commercial hardware options include double and single door panic hardware, corrosion proof two point locks, ADA compliant sills, ADA compliant high performance sills for high wind and water applications, as well as adjustable and removable closers.

Residential Folding Glass Walls

fgw_3Creating the perfect environment for your home can be a complicated task.  To ensure your project will meet the look and feel as well as the unique design parameters of your home, Solar Innovations, Inc. offers many glazing options.  Your glass can be acid etched, frosted, art glass, or contain applied grids with multiple pattern options.  LowE Glazing options help maintain temperature, reducing energy consumption and the natural fading process the sun has on furniture and window treatments.  You can also choose to incorporate Solar’s shade system or tinted glass.  If you desire the functionality of the folding glass wall system, but have concerns about insects, add a Screen System to your project.

Because Solar owns the manufacturing process for its parts and services, we have the ability to custom design and manufacture new products made just for you, while still being able to repair and replace existing work, even if that work was originally purchased from one of our competitors.  Solar also makes do-it-yourself installation kits with an accompanying installation guide available for those who want to tackle the project themselves.  Whatever the scope, Solar Innovations can help you achieve the ideal folding glass wall system for your home.

Folding Glass Wall Features

  • Water performance, up to 13 psf, depending upon sill choice.
  •  Thermally enhanced with iso-bar thermal break.
  •  Operable hardware custom manufactured by Solar Innovations, Inc.
  •  Zero-maintenance extruded aluminum hinge with Stainless Steel pin
  • Roller assemblies designed to minimize and simplify panel maintenance
  •  Multiple hardware styles and finishes
  •  Accommodates monolithic and insulated glazing infills from 3/16″ to 1 1/8″
  •  Standard baked enamel finishes (AAMA 2603)
  •  Duracron: Hartford Green, Bronze, Black, Natural Clay, White, Sandstone
  •  Top or bottom load, inswing or outswing operation
  •  LEED friendly system including recycled content
  •  Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

Folding Glass Wall Options

  • Matching fixed transoms and sidelites
  • Integrated swing doors: single or double
  • Integrated Dutch doors: single or double
  • Custom finishes:
    • Class I Anodized: Dark Bronze, Clear
    • Powder coat finish: AAMA 2603-2604
    • Fluoropolymer (50% or 70%): AAMA 2604-2605
    • Veneer and cladding options
    • Dual color or dual finish options
  • Decorative interior and exterior grids
  • Screen options: folding, sliding, retractable
  • Multiple sill designs, including ADA compliant ramps
  • Factory installed sill drain tubes, if required
  • Designed to accommodate any monolithic, insulated, and laminated

Maintenance

Solar’s engineering team designed the products with minimal maintenance requirements, recommending only an annual lubrication of the hinges and vacuuming of the sills to ensure the continued superior functionality.  If after years of use a customer should need assistance, our vertical integration allows the product to be adjusted on site, directly from the source, reducing the time from report to repair.

Configurations

Solar Innovations, Inc.’s frames are available in three vertical stile widths: narrow, standard, and heavy.  You can select a consistent vertical width, or mix and match the three stile widths to create a truly unique product.  This flexibility allows multiple sight line and bottom rail configurations that can be retrofitted to match an existing opening or accommodate specific structural requirements.  The Monster wall system™ was created with similar sight lines to its predecessor so that the two systems could be incorporated, when required.  The newer system has been advanced from the inside out.  It now incorporates wider dual wheel trolleys allowing the use of larger, heavier panels while providing an ease of use second to none in the industry with folding, sliding, swinging, and stacking product offerings available for use in any project.

Hardware

Solar Innovations, Inc. provides superior quality in all folding glass wall and operable door hardware.  Utilizing stainless steel pins and extruded aluminum hinges ensures the lifespan, serviceability, and durability of the products.  Solar Innovations, Inc. patented recessed bumper handle provides smooth functionality and clean sight lines and heavy saltwater frame finishes are available for coastal region applications.  Solar also offers a patented adjustable door catch for folding glass wall applications in addition to any of the swing doors in the full product line.  For a full list of hardware options available for folding glass walls, please visit the Folding Glass Wall Hardware page.

Testing Information

Solar Innovations, Inc’s Folding Glass Wall offers superior testing results, including Florida (including Miami DADE/HVHZ) and Texas (TDI) approvals, NFRC certification, high DP ratings, ADA complaint options, and offer low maintenance solutions for most applications.  Solar Innovations, Inc. in-house engineering team comprised of architects, engineers, and drafters, modify each project to match the exact parameters required by the specification. This allows Solar Innovations, Inc. to provide an industry leading customizable product for any application.

Solar Innovations, Inc. specializes in aluminum framed folding glass walls and offers the largest tested panel (3′ ½” x 9′ ½”) currently on the market for Florida impact ratings.  A single non-impact rated panel can reach up to five feet wide by fifteen feet tall (5′ x 15′) and is ideal for multiple story buildings or large spans.  The majority of Solar’s products, including the Series SI3000 thermally enhanced system, have been impact, water, and structurally tested for superior performance in any climate.  Any specific size and combination of customizable options that are not currently tested can be mocked up, tested at Solar’s in-house testing facility, and certified by a third party.  This state of the art facility with third party certification allows Solar to reduce lead times for commercial and residential projects requiring testing approval with custom configurations.  Any application can be completely customized to provide limitless design flexibility in hardware and stile widths.

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