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Different Types of Exterior Folding Doors

Different Types of Exterior Folding Doors

February 15, 2019

Exterior folding doors or bi-folding ones, as the name suggests, is a door that you can open by folding it instead of sliding it. It is one of the most common ones our guests will use as a gateway between the living room and their outdoor patio.

When it comes to panels, exterior folding doors can have an unlimited number, but each panel has the characteristic of dividing into two sides when you open the entrance.

A lot of homeowners like them, because one, it is one of the most stylish looking doors out there. Its versatility can fit any environment including the professional office. Two, it has come a long way in terms of quality as well. Thanks to technology and new materials, folding doors are not as flimsy as they were before and can last for a long time with some maintenance.

These are the major facts you should know about exterior folding doors:

The Different Types of Exterior Folding Doors

The Different Types of Exterior Folding Doors

Exterior folding doors are multi-purpose and each type tells you the different ways you can use them for your home.

Room Dividers

Room Divider type folding doors are usually used for people who want non-permanent entrances and exits. These not only maximize the limited space our customers usually have, but they also add great style to their homes. It accomplishes both purposes by allowing buyers to extend the room divider as far or near as they want.

In fact, a room divider can be used to maximize the indoor area you have in different ways.

  • Use this door to make an intimate area for you in a family living room
  • Use it as decor by putting it near the wall
  • Use it as a privacy screen for changing

Raised Panel Doors

With a raised panel folding door, it simply refers to a set of 2 parts where one of them is slightly raised. There raised part is in the top panel, while the other is in the bottom. A panel is made to have a size smaller than the rest of the frame, always square-shaped, and created with protruding edges in its center so it looks like its protruding forward.

These exterior folding doors are usually used in cabinets and can come in different heights. Lastly, we make ours using wood and fiberboard at all times.

Flat Panel Doors

Like its raised counterpart, flat panel doors are also used for cabinets. The only difference is that the center panel doesn’t have any protruding edges and is designed to look equal with the rest of the frame.

While a flat panel exterior folding door looks plain, it also has a number of benefits. It has great sealing against design, made for the sake of protection, and it can be made from more materials than a raised panel door. It can be created with wood, glass, and plastic.

The Different Type of Glass Materials Used in Exterior Folding Doors

The Different Type of Glass Materials Used in Exterior Folding Doors

Glass, just like the rest of the parts, give folding doors their character.

  • Rain

As the name suggests, glass has been created to look as if rain is falling or waterfall is passing through on it at all times. When you place this in your exterior folding door, it makes your home interior look like it has a calm ambiance.

  • Flemish

Flemish glass is one of the most popular options for exterior folding doors because it has a wavy pattern that still gives onlookers a clear view of your home. It merely distorts the real image of objects; thus you will see light clearly enter your living room.

  • Reed

Reed glass, both horizontal and vertical, is three-dimensional texture come to life. It is a spaghetti-patterned glass meant to semi-obscure the interior of the room it covers. It does this because the reed pattern diffuses the light passing throughout the glass and redirects it.

The Different Type of Grids Used in Exterior Folding Doors

The Different Type of Grids Used in Exterior Folding Doors

Folding doors also have windows inserted into them, and because of this, you can have the option of adding grids to the window surfaces.

Window grids are stylistic options for you to choose from if you want your glass window to look not alone. By adding grids, you can make it look like to onlookers that you have multiple window panels.

If you planning on adding grids to your doors, these are the different types to choose from.

  • Flat Grid

As the name suggests, these lay flat against the window and have a rectangular shape. Not only is this most common type for exterior folding doors, but it is also the most traditional. Usually, having them installed means 2 grids will stay only in the exterior of your door window in a cross-like manner.

  • Sculpture Grid

Sculpture grids for windows look similar to flat grids, except, it has a more protruding shape due to the sides being slightly curved.

  • Simulated Divided Lite

Simulated Divided Lite (SDL) grids are inspired by the True Divided Lite (TDL) windows of the medieval and colonial times. Before, TDL windows were created by separating several panels of glass with grids or muntins. As one can see, it was traditionally a labor-intensive method. It was also very costly for homeowners back then to install them.

With SDL windows, you can get the look without the costly method and price. Thanks to 20th-century technology, it is also the more energy-efficient way. Here, a single insulated glass is attached with interior and exterior grids.

The Different Grid Patterns Used in Exterior Folding Doors

The Different Grid Patterns Used in Exterior Folding Doors

Depending on the style of home you have, a grid pattern will suit it more than the other options in this list.

Standard

The standard grid patterned window, or colonial shaped, are squared shapes. These square patterns can be placed in the insulated glass in different ways. You can use it to cover the whole window, or put them in the most outward right and left of the structure. Here, double-hung windows are each divided by muntins in the top and bottom, so the result is six individual-looking window panels.

Two of the most common standard grid pattern types are Cross Square and the Victorian Style. Whatever type you choose, both will fit the contemporary home style the best.

Marginal

Marginal or Perimeter pattered grids for windows at exterior folding doors are one of the most classical types out there. Here, most of the window is left bare and the grids are only placed in the left, right, bottom, and top corners of the glass. Lastly, all of the ends of these grids connect to one another.

A marginal window is great if you have an Arts and Crafts style home. Arts and Crafts architecture refers to houses which were built with the 19th-century artistic movement that took over Great Britain and Europe. This movement emphasized simplicity. Thus, usually, the structures built were small bungalows with the interiors being minimally decorated and each piece showing craftsmanship.

Praire

Prairie windows look similar to Marginal windows, except the grids only occupy the sash. The grids are placed in a way which allows a large square in the middle, while thin squares in all four corners.

Furthermore, this grid style is specifically based on the appearance of Praire homes traditionally found in the Victorian Era. Architect Frank Wright inspired homeowners to design their windows in an elegant yet geometric way. Here, houses were built to be wide more than tall, and the interiors were meant to give an illusion of openness.

Because of its origins, prairie windows will fit your home your home is only one floor, long, and have a lot of wall space to place many prairie windows in.

The Different Materials Used for Exterior Folding Doors

The Different Materials Used for Exterior Folding Doors

Each material used for exterior folding doors has something to offer. Manufacturers used them for their outputs because all of them have been proven to help their customers, including you, live better lives at home.

Timber

While steel exterior folding doors have a wooden core, it is completely covered by 24 gauges of metal. By combining both of these materials, manufacturers prevent the exterior from being too heavy.

Steel, thanks to being made out of the model, is one of the most stable structures you can ask for. Even in the presence of strong winds and earthquake-like forces, it will never crack. Additionally, installing steel doors can help you save money. Since no indoor air goes out, you have assured no warmth or cold will leave your home during uncomfortable temperature extremes.

Furthermore, steel folding doors require little maintenance. Manufacturers always add a polyester or vinyl coating which protects it from deterioration and physical damage. Thus, you don’t need to refinish ever again. These doors will need repainting though, as protection against rust.

The main weakness of steel doors is their lack of versatility in style. While you can see variation in terms of patterns, it only comes one type which is steel, unlike wooden doors.

Steel

While steel exterior folding doors have a wooden core, it is completely covered by 24 gauges of metal. By combining both of these materials, manufacturers prevent the exterior from being too heavy.

Steel, thanks to being made out of the model, is one of the most stable structures you can ask for. Even in the presence of strong winds and earthquake-like forces, it will never crack. Additionally, installing steel doors can help you save money. Since no indoor air goes out, you are assured that no warmth or cold will leave your home during uncomfortable temperature extremes.

Furthermore, steel folding doors require little maintenance. Manufacturers always add a polyester or vinyl coating which protects it from deterioration and physical damage. Thus, you don’t need to refinish ever again. These doors will need repainting though, as protection against rust.

The main weakness of steel doors is their lack of versatility in style. While you can see variation in terms of patterns, it only comes one type which is steel, unlike wooden doors.

Aluminum

Aluminum, despite being a metal, is more light-weight than steel. While aluminum doors are just as durable as steel doors, it has a lot of advantages its counterpart does not. One, it is not prone to rust. Because aluminum cannot corrode, it does not to be given a protective layer during production and repainted every 2 years.

Two, since the material is more malleable than steel, you will find more style variations with aluminum folding doors. Lastly, it is a recyclable material with the process of doing so requiring 5 percent of its initial energy.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass, as a material, consists of plastic reinforced with several fibers of glass. Usually, they are made by using primarily silica mixed with calcium, magnesium, and boron.

It is used for folding doors because its materials and process have made it one of the most durable substances on earth. Because of this characteristic, these doors will rarely receive scratches and paint peels from different forces. Additionally, since plastic is a very malleable material, it allows manufacturers the freedom to design fiberglass in different ways. The only downside to a fiberglass door is that it rarely has a smooth surface in the end result.

Vinyl

Vinyl or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is another type of man-made plastic material that is made from ethylene and chlorine. While it was used mainly for construction, it has now extended to doors.

Just like fiberglass, it is extremely durable. Vinyl doors are thus, hard to damage, and this means they can protect your home from extreme weather conditions. Additionally, its hard material will not allow air to come in our out of your house. Your air-conditioner will remain cold definitely during warm weather.

Why You Should Check Out B&W LLC for Exterior Folding Doors

Why You Should Check Out BW LLC for Exterior Folding Doors

Whether it’s a simple garden window replacement or otherwise, here at B&W LLC, our home improvement contractors have based our exterior folding door options on a substantial amount of research about industry trends and experience with our loyal customers. At the end of the day, we want to make your home life better with our products. The different materials, glass types, folding door types, and grid patterns are meant to reinforce the lifestyle you live. Click here to visit our website and learn more!

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