Sliding Doors in South Africa: The Perfect Option

Deciding to install sliding doors in South Africa should be a no brainer. There are many advantages that they bring to a home that is perfect for the South African lifestyle and climate. 

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of installing sliding doors into your home and which materials to use to ensure that you get the best result possible. 

The Benefits of Sliding Doors

Ranging from aesthetically pleasing to practical, there are a multitude of benefits when it comes to installing sliding doors in your home. Some of these benefits include:

Light Saturation

Sliding doors provide a large amount of light that can completely change a room! Some homes are so dark that not only do you feel claustrophobic when walking into a room but the lights have to be kept on during the day; causing one’s electricity bill to spike. The large window panes of sliding doors ensure that light floods into a room all day long, providing you with an open, airy, and relaxing space. 

Increased Airflow

South African summers can be blistering hot and sometimes all you wish for is a breeze to be blowing through your home to get rid of the stuffiness that makes one feel as if you can’t breathe. One of the best solutions to this is a sliding door. Because of its size, it can let through a substantial breeze, creating a cool and airy environment. Once again this will reduce your use of aircons and fans which will bring down your monthly energy consumption!

Aesthetically Pleasing

Sliding doors can change the aesthetic appeal of a room drastically. It can take a room from small and cramped to open and elegant. One can even choose to install interior sliding doors. This has been a popular option in Europe and the US for a while; however, it is now becoming a favoured choice to install interior sliding doors in South Africa. It creates an air of sophistication when one walks into a master bedroom and sees a wooden or frosted glass sliding door leading to the ensuite bathroom. 

Space Saving

Saving space and increasing the usable space in a home is always a high priority. One of the most annoying design dilemmas is when you find the perfect couch or table for a space and are prevented by a swing door not having enough space to open fully. Sliding doors solve this problem beautifully and allow you to have the extra space you need to design the space to be exactly what you envision it to be.

Aluminium vs Wood Sliding Doors

Once you have decided to install sliding doors you need to decide on the material you are going to use for the frame. The two popular choices are aluminium or wood sliding door frames. 

Aluminium is the more expensive option however it is essentially maintenance-free and will last you much longer than wood. When installing wood frames, you need to be prepared to sand them down and revarnishing them every 1 to 2 years. Wood is also prone to contracting and expanding due to water damage and temperature changes. It is also susceptible to mould which can be a health hazard if not treated correctly.

Aluminium is a stronger material that isn’t vulnerable to as many problems as wood is. It is a material that will stand the test of time and is completely customisable. Depending on your taste and home design you can choose and order it in a variety of colours.  

Sliding Doors Prices in South Africa

Sliding door prices vary according to the material chosen, the type of glass used, and the amount of customisation that goes into the manufacturing process.


At RDA we specialise in designing, manufacturing and installing aluminium sliding doors, doors, windows and more. Contact us to receive a quote for your aluminium door system.