Pivot Doors

Pivot Door
Pivot door exterior


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 search for over sized doors can be a difficult one, but Solar Innovations, Inc. offers the perfect solution, pivot doors. 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, Inc. representative for definitive sizing.

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 to right.

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.

Nobel Residence Pivot Door

Pivot doors are equally suitable for commercial and residential applications. Common commercial applications include car dealerships, hotels, hospitals, and entrances to businesses or restaurant decks. Residential applications include openings to patios, front doors, and interior doors such as office doors. While large openings are possible and very useful in commercial applications, the large sizes may not be practical for residential use. All sizes are custom, so everything from smaller scaled doors to a garage door sized opening is available.

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 allow the doors to be used on exterior applications. There are mullion layouts to choose between for a more artistic looking door. Please see below isometrics for options.

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. There 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.

Solar Innovations, Inc. offers eight standard frame finishes along with any custom color your job may require. Wood veneering options are available to mimic the look of wood. Various species are available, including pine, mahogany, birch and fir. Copper, lead coated copper, and stainless steel cladding can all be added to the door. Glazing within the framework can be virtually any thickness, ranging from monolithic to insulated. Polycarbonate or glass can be utilized, along with any specialty glass such as acid etched or art glass.

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Solar Innovations, Inc. Pivot Door display with Decorative Grids at the 2013 IBS Show.

After a design is finalized, Solar Innovations, Inc. or one of our nationwide dealers, can complete the installation of the door into your building. Based on the scope of your project,  there are also “do-it-yourself  installation kits” available for those customers who wish to buy factory direct and complete the installation themselves. Whatever design you have in mind for your home or business, Solar Innovations, Inc. can help you achieve the desired pivot door.

Due to the operational loads of pivot doors, Solar Innovations, Inc. recommends that pivot doors be set on concrete or wood substrates only.  Failure to do so may void warranty.

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.

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