Pivot Doors

Pivot Doors

Solar Innovations®’ thermally-isolated aluminum pivot doors are ideal for over-sized openings in interior and light exterior applications. The “hinges,” also known as the pins of the pivot door, are located at the top and bottom of the door, allowing the unit to pivot instead of swing open. Customers can choose to have a center-pivot door or have a custom pivot point.

Pivot Doors are an excellent selection for applications that require a large opening with minimal floor space interruption. Pivot door pins are located at the top and bottom of the frame, allowing the door to pivot. Each door’s pivot point is custom located by request; center and off center pivot locations are available (subject to engineering approval). The pivot door matches that of our folding glass walls. This allows for transoms and sidelights to be constructed from the pivot door frame, creating the same sightlines for each unit.

Residential Pivot Door

Odette Winery Commercial Pivot Door


Common commercial applications include car dealerships, hotels, hospitals, and entrances to businesses or restaurant decks. While large openings are possible and very useful in commercial applications, the large sizes may not be practical for residential use.


Residential applications include openings to patios, front doors, and interior doors such as office doors.  All sizes are custom, so everything from smaller scaled doors to a garage door sized opening is available.

Monstrous Sizes

Solar Innovations has the ability to manufacture even larger panels that operate with greater ease for several functions: folding, sliding, swinging, and stacking.

Ease of Operation

Solar Innovations’ systems offer single-handed operation and move smoothly with little effort. Much of our hardware is manufactured in house which allows us to control lead times.

Thermally Enhanced

The thermal break separates the aluminum and minimizes conductivity of heat and cold from the inside to the outside to ensure a structure’s interior remains comfortable at any time of year.

Vertical Integration

Solar manufactures not only its products but also many of the components it uses for the hardware. This allows us to better control lead times to help server our customers better.

Offset Hinge

The key feature of a pivot door is the location of the offset hinge. On a traditional terrace door, the hinge is placed on the left or right; the pivot door’s hinge is located at the top and bottom of the frame. This location allows the door to pivot left or right.

Thermally Enhanced

Each pivot door is constructed out of thermally isolated aluminum which will not rot, rust, warp, or require constant finishing maintenance. All frames are thermally isolated which helps insulate rooms and allows the doors to be used on exterior applications. There are mullion layouts to choose between for a more artistic looking door.

Off Set Pivot Door

Center & Off-center Pivots

Center and off-center pivot locations are acceptable on the top of the frame. When the door is pivoted, a large opening remains; which allows for sizable items to pass through the framework that may be hindered with a regular terrace or French door.

Pivot Door

Size Availability

This type of door is designed for over sized openings and is available in a French door configuration. Typical sizes range from 4’0” wide up to 10’0” tall. All sizes are custom and both larger and smaller sizes be manufactured, depending on weight constraints. Consult your Solar Innovations® representative for definitive sizing.

Pivot Doors

Sill Options

Pivot Door ConfigurationsThere are various sill options for the pivot door. Exterior doors can use an ADA compliant sill, the standard sill, or recessed sill. Interior doors can use the flush sill or recessed flush sill. The framework is also versatile enough to be used in forming the pivot doors into stacking pivot doors. Multiple panels will slide along a track and stack against a wall. This allows a wall to be opened and present an unobstructed view.

The search for oversized doors can be difficult, but Solar Innovations® offers the perfect solution. Pivot Doors are ideal for oversized openings in interior and light exterior applications. Each door’s pivot point is custom located by request; center and off-center pivot locations are available. Pivot Doors are equally suitable for commercial and residential applications, and can range from smaller scale doors to garage door sized openings. The large size openings and minimal floor space interruption allow for sizable items to pass through the framework that may have been hindered by a traditional entrance.



Inswing, outswing, or dual actingStandard finishes: AAMA 2603 Bronze, White; Class I Anodized Clear, Dark Bronze
Left, right, or center pivotDesigner finishes: AAMA 2603 Hartford Green, Black, Natural Clay, Sandstone
Minimum 12″ distance from center of pivot point to edge of either jambCustom finishes: powder coat, fluoropolymer, wood veneer, metal cladding, & foiling options
LEED friendly system including recycled contentDual color or dual finish options
Designed & manufactured in the USAMatching fixed transoms & sidelites
Thermally enhanced utilizing thermal strutMultiple sill designs, including ADA compliant ramps & sill-less options
Test results available upon requestFactory installed sill drain tubes, if required
Accommodates monolithic & insulated glazing infills from 3/16″ to 1 1/2″Mullions, decorative muntins, simulated divided lites (SDLs), interior & exterior grids
Self actuating closers
Panic hardware & door limiters available
Multiple hardware styles & finishes

NOTE: Solar Innovations recommends pivot locations be a minimum of 12” from either jamb. Pivot locations for doors wider than 60” must be located further from the jamb at a location approximately 20% or greater than the width of the door panel.