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Olivia Sliding Door March 31st, 2018 - 13:18:02
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.
Although the original concept of a folding sliding door dates back over 100 years where they were often used for closing off small storage areas todays folding sliding doors are designed to be high performance energy efficient patio doors using the latest innovative insulation features in both door and glazing construction. Folding sliding doors not only allow wider unobstructed apertures but the increased glass area allows huge flows of natural light to enter the home from the outside which during the colder months will provide efficient use of solar gain to minimise heating costs. Doors are available in a choice of materials including timber, aluminium and PVC-u together with a choice of colours and finishes that will enhance any home.
Install slide locking bar - After a long day of automatic door operations, you will need to lock up your doors and have a peaceful nights sleep. By installing a slide locking bar to your sliding doors, you will take security a level higher in your premises. This is usually a metal bar or wood dowel cut to fit on bottom door track. When fitted, it prevents the door open even with the latching lock removed or damaged. Most new sliding door models come secured along the length of the frame so they are more secure even with all the convenience they offer. Maintain and care for the rollers and door tracks - Remember that sliding doors rely on rollers to move back and forth and if they get damaged, then it will be hard for the doors to operate smoothly. Clear out any debris and dirt along the tracks and make any size adjustments if need be. Some of these doors come with adjustment holes on top or bottom edges and you can easily compress or expand the rollers for a smoother operation. The tracks should always be in top shape so it does not become easy for intruders to lift doors off the track and bypassing locks you may have present.