Vertical Lift

The Vertical Slide is designed and engineered to suit commercial and domestic applications. Typically the door is a single-leaf rigid panel and is normally used where adequate headroom is available. It may also be constructed as multiple leaves that stack up behind each other when in the open position.​

The Vertical Slide is custom designed to suit the opening. It is counterweight balanced so allows powered or manual operation. The design can accommodate a wide range of claddings.

​The simplicity of design (single panel, minimal parts count, counterweight balance) results in high reliability with minimal maintenance.

The Vertical Slide 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.


  • Toughened/laminated glass, including double glazed units.

  • Composite panelling.

  • Common sheet-metal roofing/wall claddings

  • Rigid plastic sheeting

  • Thermally insulated panel

The Vertical Slide is often used on shop fronts with glazing the prime choice. Another common application is for carpark doors. Here perforated mesh or bargrilles feature.

The Vertical Slide 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 opening nibs. It is installed and operates behind the lintel and jambs with minimal internal projection and zero external projection. It is important to take these clearances into account especially the operational clearances as they impinge on other design criteria, eg drive through clearances.

Please Refer to Technical sheets C9 for clarification and approximate clearance requirements.

The Arco Vertical Slide 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 Vertical Slide door is ordered these items are included as integral components of the door. Powered operation 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.