Wine Cellar Door FAQ


Hinged Glass Floor / Wine Cellar Door FAQ

Frequently asked questions about our hinged glass floor / wine cellar door system- do you do automated versions? How deep is the unit? What weight can it withstand? We set out to answer these, and more common questions…..


We set out below our answers to address so of the most frequently asked questions about our hinged glass floor system :

Q1. What type of glass is used?

To be walked on, any structural glass panel should comprise of a toughened and laminated build up so that if the glass were to break for any reason, the unit would remain intact and provide a safe fall barrier to the drop beneath. We use 25.5mm toughened and laminated glass in our hinged glass floor units.

Q2. What weight can the glass floor withstand?

The minimum load bearing of the hinged glass floor unit is 150kg/sqm in line with regulations set out in  BSEN 1991-1-1 2002 Actions on Structures for domestic applications.

Q3. How heavy will the door be to lift?

Each hinged glass floor system is set up individually with gas stuts that assist with opening and closing, making the whole system of otherwise extremely heavy glass almost effortless to lift. The units are pre-pressurised to start taking the load as soon as light pressure is applied when lifting.

Q4. How long does a bespoke hinged glass floor take to make?

All our hinged glass floors are made to order and usually take between 5 and 8 weeks to complete. Lead times can of course vary, so please contact us for up to date estimates. We also have a listing for stock hinged floors.

Q5. Do you offer an electric automated system?

Not yet. We have developed prototypes however our experience so far is that there is currently no safe way to stop the item closing, when automated, and thus could potentially be extremely dangerous.

Q6. Where are your products made?

All our steelwork is fabricated in our own workshops in Sheffield and all glass sourced locally from our suppliers in Yorkshire.  

Q7.  Do you have a showroom?

Not yet unfortunately however you are more than welcome to pop by to discuss your requirements, see our fabrication shops (and any work in progress at the time) and view samples of glass and other steelwork products. We regularly have hinged glass floor systems being made, so its very likely you will be able to view something similar at various levels of production.

Q8.  How do I know the wine cellar door will fit?

For every order we provide a full drawing for approval so you can fully check our proposal prior to manufacture and run this by your installer if necessary.

Q9.  Do you install?

Installation is not something we currently offer on our hinged glass floor units however installation should be simple for most builders, tradespersons or DIYers. The system is supplied fully assembled and ready to install, with minimal ‘installation’ required once placed in the opening.

Q10.  Will the glass be slippery?

Glass is a polished finish and inherently slippery. We offer a non slip coating which vastly improves the slip resistance of the glass in dry conditions and improves it in wet conditions. Care should of course be taken when walking on glass, especially wet glass.

Q11.  What happens beneath the door- what do you supply?

Our hinged glass floor unit is supplied to fit into your prepared floor void but what happens beneath is entirely up to you. Some customers are tight for room and create a small display area and others have huge wine cellars and include steps down into basements.

Q12.  Will the glass scratch?

All glass has the potential to be scratched and our general recommendation is that you treat the glass like carpet i.e. only walk on it with bare feet or socks, not your dirty shoes or slippers that have been outside. Of course however, you should not try hoovering it! Cleaning the glass should be done with any regular glass cleaner and cloth.


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Get in touch with us to discuss your hinged glass door requirements on 0114 243 9009 or email us




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