In general, bifold doors can last a lifetime if you property maintain the bifold door hardware. Bifold doors are not only great to have in the home, but they can save anyone so much space in a little area. Bifold doors are relatively inexpensive to purchase and they are very inexpensive and easy to maintain. If you take care of your bifold door, it will last a very long time. The problem? When the mechanics or hardware of the bifold door gets out of sync, it can drive you absolutely crazy. There are several possible solutions and several methods that can be used to maintain your bifold door hardware. You should check and maintain your bifold door at least four times a year. Put a reminder on your calendar for when the seasons change so you will check and maintain the effectiveness and proper working of your bifold door hardware.
To complete some simple maintenance and simple bifold door checks, you will need the following materials:
- Adjustable wrench (small)
- A pair of pliers
- A screwdriver set
- Oil (such as WD-40)
Step 1 – Work Methodically
Save time by starting your inspection at the top of your bifold door. Work your way to the bottom. Make sure the guide rail is firmly attached. The guide rail should equally be straight and should be free from any damage.
Step 2 – Check and Maintain the Rollers
In the top of the bifold door sections, check the rollers. The rollers should be round. They should not show any excessive wear and tear. Each roller should move freely and should be set at a common height. If your rollers are not doing one or all of the above, purchase a new set of rollers at a hardware store or home improvement center. They are relatively inexpensive.
Step 3 – Checking the Hinges
Each hinge should be securely attached. The hinges should not be damaged and they should be well oiled. Add a light lubricating oil (such as WD-40) to keep the hinges lubricated. Replace any damaged hinge. Purchase the hinges at any home improvement center or any store that sells bifold doors.
Step 4 – Check the Hinge Pins
Take a look at the hinge bins on your bifold doors. Each hinge pin should be firmly seated and they should be evenly spaced. Both the hinges at the top and at the bottom of the bifold doors need to be inspected.
If the hinges are out of alignment, loosen the screws at the top of the hinge. This will allow you to change and alter the placement of the hinge.
Note: the top spring is usually spring-loaded and this will allow you to lift the bottom pin on the bifold door and adjust its position.
By maintaining your bifold door hardware, you will save yourself the aggravation of an improperly functioning bifold door and you will extend its useful life and enjoy it for years to come.