Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Aren Krämer.
Sliding patio doors are perfect transitions between indoors and outdoors. The very nature of its construction presents some issues in the matter of window treatment. Window treatments are necessary because one may need privacy and the need to shut out light at times. Consider the alternatives and each has some drawback or the other.
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.
If your door is supplied unfinished, begin by lightly sanding it all over with a fine grit sandpaper, before wiping down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Stick masking tape around the edges of any glass panels to stop them getting splashed. Some doors come with a protective plastic film over the glass which can be peeled away after installation, but you may want to use masking tape as an extra precaution.
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