Choosing Bifold Door Hardware Choosing Bifold Door Hardware

There are several different options for bi-fold door hardware. If you already own a bi-fold door, you may experience sticking, unstable sliding and folding. Modern bi-fold door hardware is built with great durability. Many manufacturers of bi-fold door hardware carry a no stick, no slip warranty. Here are some handy tips to think about when choosing a bi-fold door.

Tip # 1 - Take Careful Measurements

The first thing that you must consider when choosing the bi-fold door hardware is the measurement of the depth (thickness) of the bi-fold door you are installing. This is the most important factor when choosing bi-fold door hardware.

Tip # 2 - Knobs vs. Handles?

Second, consider the type of hardware for opening and closing the bi-fold door. Choose either knobs or handles. 

Handles are a bit easier to use as they act as great levers when you are opening and closing the door. The handles (levers) are also a better option for people suffering from arthritis and for smaller children.

Tip # 4 - Choose the Right Locking Mechanism

Choose the dead bolt on the door, that locks the bi-fold door firmly in place. Stay away from an inside keyed lock to prevent trapping an individual inside the room or location. Instead, choose something that requires turn buttons. 

Tip #5 - Choose Maintenance Free

For a relatively maintenance-free door, consider purchasing hardware that is coated with PDV (Physical vapor deposition).  As an exterior door, PDV will prevent excess weathering and deterioration.

Tip #6 - Opt For a Hadware Kit

Last, there are so many companies today that sell bi-fold door hardware kits. There are four common options available to choose from. They are Metal Bi-fold Door hardware, Metal bypass door hardware, wood bi-fold door hardware or wood bypass door hardware. Choosing each type of hardware depends on your needs and it depends on the application or intended utility of your bi-fold door. Let’s talk more about your kit-purchasing options:

Metal Bi-fold Door Hardware & Metal Bypass Door Hardware Kits

Choose this type of hardware when installing very heavy or very large bi-fold doors. This type of hardware makes a great application for interior closet doors.  It also holds up very well as a pair of bi-fold doors in a laundry area. Purchase metal bifold door hardware with a metal bi-fold door. Other types of hardware materials(such as wood) are not appropriate for a metal bi-fold door.

Wood Bi-fold Door Hardware & Wood Bypass Door Hardware Kits

Choose this type of hardware when you are installing a light hollow door or when the application of your bi-fold door is not going to require heavy use. If your bi-fold door is being used more to dress up the look and feel of a room or if it is being used as a room divider, go and search for wood bi-fold door hardware. There are so many options, many of which are attractive and very decorative. They will add a nice flare to your room.

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