Published at Sunday, 30 June 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Adalie Hahn.
Life has rarely been routine since my daughter and mother decided it would be ”cool” to go through driver’s education together. As they bond over studying the rules of the road – and I add up the damage to my garage door from their assorted mishaps – I’ve laid down what might be called the ”Rules of the Garage.” Some of these safety tips are born from experience; others were provided by one of the few garage door companies that care about its customers’ safety. Collectively, they have become a new family mantra, recited quickly before one of them – the main characters in our daily family drama – even thinks about grabbing the car keys:
Bifolds can have wood, steel, uPVC or aluminum section frames. Wood can obstruct the view and be heavy. uPVC material can flex and distort which will affect the working of the door and there is a size limitation as well. Steel can be heavy. Aluminum is the best material for sections. It is relatively stable and does not tend to distort with temperature variations. From the maintenance point too aluminum scores because powder coated or natural anodized aluminum does not need frequent paint or maintenance. Bifold doors are available as top hung or bottom rolling types. If a strong enough beam is present then the top hung type is best because it does not collect leaves and debris and the frame conceals the mechanism from view.
Energy conservation is important so double glazing is recommended. It will also provide some degree of acoustic insulation. Quality manufacturers provide U-values of 1.8w/sqmK or lower for such energy efficient bifold doors. There are times when one may want an unimpeded view and there are times when one may want to shut out the light. Curtains are good but can impede the view. Venetian blinds that roll up all the way to the top may be ideal. If you choose a double glazed door then the blinds may be incorporated into the panels but at the cost of impeding the view. It is best to coordinate with the installer and clear this point as well before ordering a bifold door.
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