Getting a door custom-built to your own specifications is a great way to spruce up your home without launching a major renovation project. And since bi-fold doors can fit almost any length of door frame while still looking good, it's hard to go wrong with them. To make sure that you eventually receive a great bi-fold door that's appropriate for your home's interior, consider these three tips.
1. Take Into Account Any Carpet Around The Door Frame
Choosing how much ground clearance to give your bi-fold door is one of the most important design decisions you'll have to make. Although bi-fold doors with a lot of ground clearance can open and close more quickly and easily, you'll have to have extra hinges and other components to keep your door supported.
Don't make your decision in a vacuum. It's important to consider whether you have carpet or smooth hardwood in the room next to the door frame in question. If you install a bi-fold door that has to open and close over carpet, it'll both damage the floor over time and operate very sluggishly.
2. To Find The Best Door Panel Length, Consider The Size Of The Surrounding Room
Even if you can't change the door frame that your bi-fold door will operate in, it's important to pay attention to the length and quantity of the individual panels you want. This is especially important if the door frame in question is so wide that it encompasses almost the entire side of a room.
One common bi-fold door design consists of two panels connected by one line of hinges. Another involves four panels connected by two lines of hinges but separated in the center. To determine whether you want two or four panels on your door, consider both the size of the room they'll open into and how much clutter they'll be adjacent to. More clutter means smaller panels with less of a clearance requirement, are ideal.
3. Select A Door Hinge Material That Will Stylistically Match The Room
Besides the panels themselves, the hinges you choose will be the most conspicuous parts of your bi-fold door. A good rule of thumb is to get polished brass for a room painted in bright colors and a darker material like cast iron for a room painted in darker colors.
Whether you're installing bi-fold or impact doors, it's important that you understand how to get the best possible outcome.