Beyond their function and virtually as important is the substance and makeup of the door. Panda Doors and Windows produces custom, hand-crafted aluminum, aluminum wood-clad and all wood glass door systems that are ideal for openings that scale from the normal to the ultra-large dimensions.
Architects will typically view selecting and specifying all of the Division 8 components on multiple doors as a bit of a chore, particularly if the focus is only on meeting life safety codes and other basic requirements.
However, when coordinated and integrated door openings are recognized as truly significant design elements in exterior and interior spaces, they become real opportunities to move beyond the basics and enhance the overall building design and the indoor environment. That is where Panda Windows and Doors come in.
From a thoroughly user experience level, the openings of a structure both interior and exterior are the point at which we as humans’ touch and interact with a building the most. In addition to the physical interaction, there is the visual aspect where large openings that incorporate a large glass moving wall, a folding door system, a lift and slide door system or a multi-slide door system, or even a French or Pivot Door.
Since a lot of attention is usually directed to ensure harmony between all of the spaces within a structure, it is only logical that the design and integration of door openings significantly contributes to the success of any interior design.
Still, function of movement and design are only two of the features that end up on the table when an architect is considering the right door system. Thermal, Acoustic and U-value ratings can be another critical factor.
For instance, when considering a large exterior door system to get that gorgeous Rocky Mountain view having a high performance thermally broken door is critical to maintain heat in the structure during harsh weather. The same consideration applies in hot and arid climates where keeping cool air in becomes a critical mission of the door system.
The R&D, engineering and design teams at Panda Windows and Doors has always stressed that great design will always value the entire layout of a structure. This means that the hardware on a door must relate to a door in a frame which relates to a frame on a wall which in turn relates to a wall in a room while the room is connected to a building, and so on.
The significant advantage behind considering all of these criteria is that none of them need to be a cause for design compromise. Panda Windows and Doors being a completely custom company provides a full array of woods, aluminum, color matching, and hardware components that can readily meet the various performance criteria and still be consistent with the overall aesthetic and building design.
That means it is often very easy to start with the design concept and aesthetic of door openings first, and then readily be able to specify products that can meet the other code and functional requirements. Panda even has a team of door experts that regularly consult with designers and architects to formulate the perfect solution for any opening.