Olivia Sliding Door April 06th, 2018 - 16:51:00
The huge growth in demand for folding sliding doors over the last two or three years has led to a rapid increase in the choice of door systems available for the consumer. Also referred to as bi fold doors, bi folding doors, multi fold doors and concertina doors they are best known as folding sliding doors because of the opening action itself. This type of door can provide unobstructed openings of up to 6 metres and sometime more as the panels simply fold, slide and stack neatly to one side or both sides of the aperture. Folding sliding doors are an ideal replacement for existing French or sliding patio doors where they can literally transform the existing opening and open up the room to the outside. This type of bi folding door is now becoming the most sought after door style for new build and home extensions whilst also proving a popular upgrade choice for homeowners adding a conservatory to their property due to their ability to seamlessly merge the new conservatory with the garden effectively bringing the outside inside.
Aluminum is an ideal choice for your folding sliding doors as these provide better access than PVC, come with narrower frames and have smaller profiles than wooden frames, thus allowing for unrestricted views. If you are working on a tight budget, you may want to go for the less expensive softwood rather than hardwood. However, hardwood is a more preferable option as it provides better insulation and is much more durable, being able to withstand the vagaries of harsh weather. When selecting the rollers for your folding doors, a good choice of material would be nylon. Unlike steel which is likely to cause wear and tear to your runners, nylon rollers are not likely to cause this and are also less expensive and easier to replace than the runners themselves.
TIMBER You can choose from a number of engineered timber folding sliding doors including softwood or hardwoods such as Meranti and European Oak. Timber is normally engineered or laminated to ensure it is structurally resistant to warping or twisting and doors are normally available with either a factory applied translucent stain or RAL colour paint finish. As timber is a natural insulator timber folding sliding doors offer the most energy efficient solution when combined with high performance double glazing offering U values as low as 1.4. Timber folding doors usually provide slim sight lines as the individual door panels are normally hinged off each other without the use of additional mullions between each panel and therefore maximising visible glass areas.
1. Firstly take the slider door off the track and place it to the side. This many require a little muscle, but is easy enough to do. If you are unable, try turning the screws on the rollers clockwise and then lift the door from its frame. 2. Clean the track with soapy water and a wire brush. 3. Take a metal file and file down and rough spots or ridge that are sharp to the touch. 4. Measure the length of the old track. 5. Cut the new stainless steel track to this length. 6. Place the new track on the old aluminum track. It will snap over the old track and then with light dabs of glue, glue down on the threshold. 7. Lubricate the new track for smooth opening and closing 8. Remove the old rollers by removing the frame lock screw, lift frame and then remove. Now slide the new rollers into place and re-install frame lock screw. 9. Re-install the sliding door and test the opening and closing. As an additional note, it might be worth it to consider purchasing a manual retractable sliding door screen or motorized screen. This screen will allow you to keep your sliding door open in summer, but keep the bugs and insects out. These screens will retract back into their housing when not in use, but will cut down on the opening and closing of your sliding door.