Finishing Touches - Sliding Door Handles

Finishing touches – our stylish sliding door handles

We know that the finishing touches to your home make all the difference, which is why our sliding doors are available with a range of handle options to match your home and your style.

Whichever handle you choose, it is installed on the lead panel of the system to allow you to open and close the doors. From there you have the choice of which handle you would like on both the inside and outside of the doors – and we’ll hightlight the most popular options that our customers have chosen over the past decade that we have been making award-winning sliding doors.

Feature handles – round or rectangular profile

Round, straight feature handle - coloured matched in Graphite Black RAL 9011
Round, straight feature handle – coloured matched in Graphite Black RAL 9011

The most popular option for our sliding doors, our feature handles come in a choice of either round or rectangular designs. Both 400mm high, the round option offers a more minimal and slender appearance, whilst the rectangular design matches the square edged profile of the doors perfectly.

Both options are available in either a straight design where the handle lines up with the frame of the door or as an offest design. The offset (or canted) design sees the handle angled slightly away from the lead edge of the door, leaving more room for you to grip the handle initially – ideal for systems where panels meet in the middle or where the outer frame of the door is fully recessed in the wall.

D-shaped handles

D-shaped handle - colour matached in Slate Grey RAL 7015
D-shaped handle – colour matched in Anthacite Grey RAL 7016

With a slightly more minimal appearance, the D-shaped handles are sleek alternative to our feature handles. Measuring 225mm high the handle can be designed to incorporate a locking lever and key-lock within the handle itself, meaning you do not need a separate thumb turn or key lock.

Recessed handles

Recessed Handle - Colour Matched - RAL 9011
Recessed handle – colour matched in Graphite Black RAL 9011 with stainless steel thumb turn and escutcheon plate

Reccessed into the frame of the door, our recessed handles are designed to allow you to initially move the doors when open or closing. We would typically recommend doors are installed without a handle on the outside, but should you require a handle option then the flush nature of recessed handles allows the lead panel to pass behind the next panel where no external lock or thumb turn is installed.

Sliding door handles – frequently asked questions

What colours are your handles available in?
Our round and rectangular feature handles are manufacturered from marine grade stainless steel and can be finished either in a powder-coated paint finish to match the frames of your doors or as a stainless steel finish. Which ever option you choose the doors will be supplied with a thumb turn and key cylinder surround (escutcheon plate) to match.

Our D-shaped handles and recessed handles are available in a powder-coated paint finish.

What is the most popular handle configuration?
The majority of theEDGE2.0 and Grand Slider II sliding doors that we install are manufactured with a feature handle, thumb turn and escutcheon plate on the inside and no handle or hardware on the outside. This design allows for optimum operation of the doors and for the panels to flush stack when opened. This configuration also has a security benefit with no external key-lock it removes a potential route of attack for a burglar.

Do I need a handle and lock on the outside of my sliding doors?
It depends on how you are going to use the doors. If you are potentially going to use the sliding doors as a point of access from the back of your house then fitting a handle or lock on the outside is something that you may need to consider. If you have an alternative access door at the rear of the house or you wouldn’t ever use the sliding doors as a way of leaving home then a handle or lock isn’t a neccessity.

Should you wish to fit a handle on the outside then a recessed handle is the obvious choice, it is designed to allow you to initially open the lead panel before you place your hand flat on the side of the door to open it fully. Should you opt for recessed handle without lock (or no handle at all) then your sliding doors can be designed to flush stack, where the panels stack neatly in line to maximise the opening and appearance. If you require an alternate handle or lock then the panels of the door will appear staggered when they are open.

How do I lock my sliding doors?

Whether you opt for the slender frames of theEDGE2.0 or the high performance Grand Slider II, the IDSystems range of aluminium sliding doors feature a full height, continuous locking bar that provides enhanced security. Once you have used the handle to close your doors you operate the lock by turning a thumb turn which is either integrated into the handle (D-shaped handle) or fitted below the handle (feature handles & recessed handles).