Whether you’re hoping to install your own bifold doors, to replace them, or to repair them, it’s important to know what you’re working with. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most crucial hardware that goes into the construction of a bifold door.
Bifold doors are multi-panel systems, using at least two panels that open and close together on a single, straight track. Individual panels can be designed specifically for easy fabrication, with plenty of variation in height and width to fit your exact measurement needs. Which panels you choose depends on your needs. How large is the door? How many panels do you want? What style do you want them in, a straight bifold door, with an access door or otherwise? Know your needs before you order a bifold door system.
Choosing the handles for your doors is a decision that takes into account both aesthetics and practicality. Options like the Debar Vivo, Vivoshort, and Verse handles have not only visual changes but different applications, too. For instance, bifold door handles have to be sturdy enough to withstand the pressure of both of pulling in to operate the folding system as well as the turning required to lock the doors in place.
When choosing locks, it’s best to keep your previous choice of handles at the forefront of your mind, as well. You need to choose locks that work in conjunction with those handles, so choosing locks from the same manufacturer that designed your handles is recommended.
Magnetic door holders
These are the mechanisms that hold the different panels of the door together when it’s open. The magnetic holders, otherwise known as catches, on either side come together, locking in place and holding the doors firm, meaning they stay firmly folded together with a neat, small profile. The visual presence of the magnetic catches is not ideal, which is why it’s a good idea to look for those in the smallest size possible while ensuring they have the ability to maintain an adequate hold. Without magnetic door holders, doors can open out of sequence, leading to structural damage to different parts of the door.
Hinges and rollers
The hinges and rollers of your door dictate the mechanics behind its opening and closing, with specific options needed depending on your choice of bifold door system. Each system has its own setting out points and dimensions for the channels which the rollers are designed to fit securely and smoothly into. Hinges and rollers for most door systems have to be designed at the same time that the profile of the door and its panels are designed to ensure that they fit. So, when you’re choosing panels, keep in mind the need to have bespoke hinges and rollers designed alongside them.
Bifold Hardware designs, manufactures and supplies a broad range of hardware kits for bifold doors. If you want to learn more about what exactly goes into a door or you want a kit to get you started, visit the Debar website today. They have the tools you need to make the renovations and repairs you want.