Disapearing drywall hatchdoors

When and where to use a hatch door? Hatchdoors are used in ceiling panels for ever-increasingly large enclosures including illumination, ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems).

Disapearing hatchdoor sizes

The most commonly ised hatchdoor is rectangular in shape and made of drywall. The maximum reccomended dimention for this profile is 60×60, because they are linear and not tubular.

Typical problems for the installation of hatchdoors

Using a linear profile serves to limit cost but the weight of the door, made of drywall is a limit in its possibile dimentions and usage. It’s not an ideal choice in comparison with a light-weight linear aluminium profile. Let’s look at some of the possibile complications of such circumstances.

The structural profile of the door in resting pose will adapt perfectly with the ceiling. If it’s a perfect fit, the esthetic will be perfect as well. Contrarily, if there are small imperfections in the installation, they will carry over to the door, creating an unever surface that negatively effects the proper functioning of the door. A perfectly even panel is requisite in establishing an excellent esthetic result.

Limits of drywall hatchdoors

Because drywall hatches are made with the intention of providing occasional access to ceiling panals, they are not advisable for situations where semi-regular use is anticipated.

Limits of disapearing doors made of wood

The first wooden hatchdoors were used to provide easy access to retractable stairs leading to an attic space. The panel was made of chipped poplar because of its ease in varnishing. Over time, the wood was paired up with plywood and in mdf, a modern material that also receives varnishing well.

With the arrival of the 1970’s, a demand grew for ever-larger panels to be installed in the ceiling. Wood was used to satisfy the need upto dimensions of 120x80cm which allowed for easy access to inspections. In order to satisfy market needs, itwas necessary to make up for the lack of versatility in the drywall by substituting the door material with something lighter, such as wood and a more robust tubular aluminum profile. This too had its disadvantages:

In humid environments such as bathrooms, basements and verandas, the door tends to warp and come off the track. The same problem is common in environments with frequent temperature changes. Another danger that must be faced is the risk of leaking from enclosed system. Droplets can stain the panel as well as cause swelling and rot. These consequences are true for both the wooden element as well as the drywall.

How can we resolve the problem of the wooden panel while maintaining its advantages in weight, texture, dimensions and functionality?

Alluminum door: the best solution for your spaces

in 2014 RasoParete pattented a special hatchdoor, or rather a stratified alluminium panel certified to resist temperatures ranging from -30 to +60 celcius without warping in any situation.

This alluminum hatchdoor can be installed in the pouring rain and isn’t afraid of hot dry places either and it’s panel will not warp. From an esthetic point of view, thanks to its sharp edges it can be combined with wooden panels with no visable differences to the naked eye.

The stratified alluminium panel applied to the disapearing hatchdoor has offered us the solution to the problems we have listed above.

Multi-panel hatch doors

Other advantages this solution offers is the ability to go from a hatch door with a single door to a sistem with multiple doors in different forms, square or rectangular placed in the same frame without limits in dimension. A single door can reach a maximum of 400x200cm with custom details for air ventilation (if requested)

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