A good quality folding door should be able to last a lifetime. Therefore, always think carefully about the folding door systems you are looking to specify. Today, we will briefly show you some important features you should consider and expect from any folding door systems… aside from proper installation and the right choice of folding door hardware to install. Well, without further ado, here they are!
Since folding door is much larger than ordinary, regular patio doors, folding option tends to be more susceptible to the effects of rain and wind. Therefore, always choose folding doors with weather resistance ability—for sheltered spaces, a 100pa water resistance will suffice. But if the doors aren’t protected from the elements, 250pa water resistance is minimum. Besides, be careful when choosing the glass. Any larger expanse of glass will end up with increased heat loss. Therefore, opt for the best performing glass you can buy for the sake of lower heating bills.
Another possible drawback from the larger size of folding door is the greater chance for noise pollution to occur. Keep the room comfortable and inviting by blocking as much as external noise as possible. Double glazed panels can make an effective choice, but remember you will also need to use the effective panel sealing. Choose triple sealing which incorporates the high-performing acoustic seals filled with foam for your option. Sealing aside, intermediate locking and inter-leaving panels are also important so the doors will not rattle even though they are exposed to a huge amount of wind pressure.
Therefore, strength is always an important matter when you choose folding door. As the doors are required to stand up to all kinds of pressure, both when moving and when closed, the panel profiles that hold the glass in place must be strong. We recommend you to choose the thicker rail and stile profiles in depth, yet they can still narrow when they are viewed front on for the sake of aesthetics.
It is always important for the folding doors to feature the sufficiently rigid panels to adequately support the adjacent one. Compared to PVC, the folding door with aluminum offers more strength, in addition to a square cut corner (instead of mitred) to improve the torsional stability to the panels, which later benefits you from overall ease of movement for the folding doors to operate smoothly and conveniently. And speaking of easy movement, it’s always recommended to try the door before buying.