Modern glazing from Fleetwood coupled with increasingly efficient insulation techniques allows a minimalist design with huge glass that does not compromise energy consumption.
Fleetwood endeavors to make products better instead of cheaper, resulting in specialty products that other manufacturers should not attempt. High-security laminated glass (like your car windshield) coupled with robust Fleetwood framing can withstand severe impact.
Fleetwood chooses to offer a wide range of options instead of limiting features to increase profit and simplify production. Sound dampening upgrades to glass and products are available without affecting the budget or design.
Steel products are designed and rated to resist fire damage, but these products are limited in function and can be costly. While not rated, Fleetwood aluminum products offer great performance and style and actually help maintain wall integrity during a fire. Typical residential windows (wood or vinyl) add to the flame whereas extruded aluminum retains its form at over 1000 °F.
Aluminum is thermally stable in that it does not swell or shrink when the temperature or humidity levels change. Very little energy is lost through the frame material but in the case of wood and vinyl, energy is lost through the frame and vent seams after years of expansion and contraction.
Fleetwood offers a variety of sill options for a wide range of performance and design needs. The buried Arche-Duct (SFD-3) offers a unique choice as a completely flush design with hurricane water performance.
While every lifestyle product requires upkeep, Fleetwood products are resilient in even the extreme environments and come with a Lifetime Warranty.
With the versatility and unlimited configuration options, you can create hundreds of custom systems, including but not limited to, multi-slide, stacking, pocketing, meeting, curved, corner, multi-corner and barn doors.
In 2005, Fleetwood began a two-year design project to create a better door latching system. The hardware market choices failed to meet Fleetwood’s quality level so we designed our own. The net result is the Archetype locking system (ALH).
Fit & Finish:
We have gone to great lengths to make the appearance of our doors exceptional. Fleetwood includes cosmetic items that other manufacturers do not in order to cut costs, such as: Pocket Closers, Jamb Closers, Head Closers, and Sill Closers. These come standard on every custom sliding door by Fleetwood.
Swiss, Precision Bearings:
The Archetype roller (ARS) comes standard with authentic precision bearings. Many others claim precision as a buzzword, but only Fleetwood partners with a Switzerland based manufacturer that specializes in precision bearings.
Stainless Track Inserts (ATI):
Fleetwood’s track is a solid aluminum base that receives a heavy gauge stainless steel insert that can be easily replaced. Cheaper designs offer a metal cap applied to an aluminum runner or plastic strut.
Fleetwood’s sliding door interlockers are among the slimmest on the market! Methodical engineering and aluminum thickness allow slender lines without compromising structural integrity.
Crisp, Linear Shapes:
Fleetwood’s design focus is the opposite of mass production. A prime example is the sharp edges and crisp lines created by a balance of hand tooling, automation and dedicated machining.
Strength and beauty are demonstrated by Fleetwood’s unique ability to produce doors with massive pieces of glass. For example, it is common for a 30’ x 12’ opening to have just 4 vertical lines.
So many other doors are provided with a flimsy screen frame and cheap mesh. Our standard screen is the best sliding screen door made, period! Why? The screen utilizes the same frame and hardware as the glass panels and the highest quality mesh on the market (Ultra Vue).
1-15/16″ (per track) Deep Equal Leg (Block) Perimeter Frame
Stainless Steel Assembly Screws
Jamb Filler (s)
Head Filler (s)
Sill Filler (s)
3/4 ” Height Threshold (No Riser) with Stainless Steel Track (ATI)
2″ Height Aluminum Sill Pan
Authentic Precision Bearing Stainless Steel Tandem A3 Rollers (3″ Diameter) (ARS)
Equal Sized Glass
Archetype Stainless Steel Hardware (ALH)
Archetype 2nd Multi-Point Latch (96″ Height +)
Actuator Height 54″
Archetype Flush Pull
Adjustable Stainless Steel Strike (ASP)
Stainless Steel Dust Box
Wrap Around Glazing
(See CAD Details for more options)
Finish: 70% Kynar Paint and 50% if Black or Dark Bronze, Class 1 Custom Anodize (Light Bronze & Medium Bronze)
Archetype Fixed Stile
Arche-Duct (Sub Floor Draining System) SFD-3
Unequal Sized Glass (Flush Stack)
Heavy Duty Screen Door with UltraVue Mesh (Phifer.com)
Black Painted Archetype Hardware
Archetype Actuator Only (ALH)
Archetype Lever (AHL)
Exterior or Interior Keyed Lock
Actuator Height: 48″, 36″ & 24″
Steel Look SDL
Max Panel Height: 144″
(Max width & height are not necessarily available in combination)
II. Additional Glass Testing:
Simulated Performance Alternative Reports are available upon request.
Linked reports reflect current testing to NFRC standards. If you have a suggestion for testing an additional type of glass, please email your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All testing was performed in a laboratory environment to determine results. These reports are provided to allow Engineers, Architects, and Design professionals reasonable expectations of products and may not illustrate every option, condition, or configuration available. These are for illustration and comparative analysis only.
*Reports exceeding 4 years may not have current 3rd party certification, and will not be labeled.
Current Test Reports:
E1996 Equivalence Letter -12 to 14a: (PDF)
Archived Test Reports:
Note: This door is equipped with high performance, Swiss bearing rollers. Operate with care to avoid injury to person or damage to property.
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