Float Away

The Floataway door is a rigid panel, a tubular steel framework with cladding attached. It fits between the jambs, floor and lintel. As the door opens it rotates (about its mid height) from the vertical to the horizontal, coming to rest under the lintel at the top of the opening.

When open, the door projects half outside/half inside. Due to its external projection the Floataway is normally used where the opening is set back from the property boundary. It is commonly used for domestic garages and commercial car parks.

​Being a single-leaf and counterweight balanced the Floataway door has few moving parts and is subject to uniform loading. These features result in high reliability and very long service life.

The Floataway is custom built for each specific application.
Its design includes consideration for:

  • operational requirements

  • opening dimensions

  • self weight and wind loading

  • architectural design

Thus, it is important to accurately measure the opening and adequately specify architectural and operational requirements. Usually our representative will work through any requirements and take full responsibility for measuring the opening.

The door frame is typically constructed from hollow, rectangular, steel sections.

These provide high strength and rigidity with low weight. Often, doors of this type (when used for wide openings) incorporate trussed frame members.

Other components, eg. tracks, brackets etc . are fabricated from steel sections.

The standard finish is a two pack paint system, powder coating may also be available depending on frame size and colour.
Hot dip galvanizing is often specified where corrosive environments or seaside locations necessitate.

The door can be designed to accept a wide variety of cladding and glazing materials. Combinations of glazing and cladding are quite common.


  • Toughened/laminated glass, including double glazed units.

  • Composite panelling

  • Common sheet-metal wall or roof cladding

  • Rigid plastic sheeting

  • Thermally insulated wall panelling

External timber cladding is often specified for domestic garage doors.

The Floataway door requires operational clearances as well as permanent space for its accommodation. These dimensions vary depending on the application and the size and weight of the door.

The door moves on tracks, installed behind the nibs. The counterweights are also located in this region. The motion of the door as it opens/closes requires operational space internally and externally.

For any Floataway door installation, nib-room, head-room and the movement of the door must be taken into account.

Please Refer to Technical sheet C5 for clarification and approximate clearance requirements.

The Floataway is automated by the use of:

  • A drive unit, which includes a torque limiter and independent limit switches with variable speed control.

  • Motorisation tracks/guides

  • An overhead drive shaft, between tracks

  • A control system, which may include safety features such as photo beams, loop detectors etc.

When a power operated Floataway door is ordered these items are included as integral components of the door. Motorisation may be fitted to an existing manual door, but this may require extensive modification.

Locking is normally provided on manual operated doors only.

Pad bolts are fitted internally/externally to allow the door to be latched in the closed position. These can be fitted with padlocks for additional security.

Motorised doors are usually locked via the drive unit, however additional security is available by incorporating powered mechanical or magnetic locks.

Arco doors can be supplied all over Australia, we recommend installation by our team of expert installers although self or assisted installation is available.