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Bi-fold Doors in Nottingham

This 5-Door Bifold is 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall

and all doors fold to the right with a daily door.

Bifolding Patio Doors (also known as Bifolds, Bi-folds, and Accordion Doors)

Bifolds are a series of patio door panels hung from the head jamb and hinged together to slide accordion-style and stack against one edge of the opening or the other (see above). The benefit of a bifold door is that when the doors are all open stacked to the side, you have only a small part of the opening used because the door faces are stacked against each other. See some bifolds. You need a strong header in the opening to install the bifolding door system to, or the doors will not fold smoothly.

If there is a downside to a bifold door system, it is that the doors fold to the exterior, so the bundle of folded doors will stick outward onto the patio as much as 36.” Bifold door panels can’t be too wide because they hang from the head jamb, so they require a larger number of doors to bridge an opening, and when closed, the door panels sit side by side (edge to edge), which makes for less daylight than in a sliding door system.

Bifold Design Tip: When planning your bifold door system, be ODD! That’s right, an odd number of doors folding in one direction gives you a Daily Door on one side. Just heading out to the barbecue? The daily door can fold with the rest of the doors, and also serves as a single swinging french door when you don’t want to fold open the entire unit. So think 3, 5 or 7 doors for the most user-friendly door system.

Lift and Slide Patio Doors

Lift and slide patio doors are a more massive version of the typical sliding patio door system you may be familiar with. European hardware makes it easy to smoothly slide doors that are extremely wide and thick so you can open up entire walls with the turn of a handle. The doors slide on a staggered track system and “telescope” (pull the door behind it along as When fully open, lift and slide doors stack directly behind one behind the other, and when closed their stiles (vertical members of the door that block the view) overlap so you have more daylight per door than with a bifolding system. See some Lift and Slides.


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I just built some pretty cool dividers for a flower shop.
I took several old wooden exterior house doors, some with glass and some without. I screwed regular door hinges to both sides and built a bifold / accorian wall.
We painted the windows over and it turned out really neat and the doors were free at the dump.

I'd go with something else but Habitat for Human

Is a great place to look for that, too. Look for louvered shutters or bifold doors that will block some of the wind but still allow for air flow. Glass or plexi can also magnify the suns rays and burn the plants if you aren't careful. Glass, plexi and bug screen also block some of the beneficial UVA/UVB rays.

If you have a fireplace enclosure:

Like the sliding or bifold glass doors to cover it, then personally I would just get a real long duration very hot fire going in there as long as the chimney is clean and good to go. Keep the doors closed, and the side or bottom vents open.
After 2-3 fires if it's not all gone or if it's all flaked up it should come off fairly easy with a putty knife or wire wheel.

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