Advantages of Timber Bi-fold Doors
Timber bi-fold doors can greatly assist in reducing your energy consumption – simply by allowing you to limit the use of air conditioning (cooling and heating). In the winter, bi-folds act brilliantly to welcome plenty of natural sunlight into your home. Furthermore, your timber bi-fold doors and timber framing will also provide additional insulation – ensuring that warmth is kept inside. In the summer, bi-folds effectively allow you to open up an entire wall, and are the best option if you want to open out your home to great outdoors and welcome in that cool breeze!
Space Saving and Creative Scope
Bi-fold doors can be designed and customized to fit your requirements and suit the surroundings of your living space. For example, bi-folds are able to be folded back, whether by section or entirety, to consume less of your surrounding wall and/or living space when open.
As for the debate of Timber vs Aluminum – for us it’s about the difference in environmental impact – the production of aluminum results in 8x more greenhouse emissions and wastes 300x more water than timber production.
Maintaining Your Timber Bi-fold Doors
Maintaining your timber bi-fold doors is simple and doesn’t require any special experience or abilities. Simple maintenance will assist in keeping the doors’ functionality and elegant appearance at their best.
- Carefully check the bottom and top metal tracks that lead the motion of the doors – a vacuum cleaner is efficient in getting rid of any dust or dirt from between door tracks.
- Check your doors’ surface finish – you can re-finish the doors with a quality coating (ALLKIND use and recommend Sikkens products for timber bi-folds).
Selecting the Perfect Timber Type for your Bi-fold Doors
NEW GUINEA ROSEWOOD
New Guinea Rosewood (‘NGR’) is a stable hardwood that doesn’t chip, split and bleed as much as most other comparable hardwoods. NGR has a high rating against cracks and shrinkage, and is easier to sand, paint and polish than other softer woods. The price of NGR is economical compared to other comparable species of hardwoods. NGR can be more susceptible to slight leeching if not properly sealed with oil based paints. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our New Guinea Rosewood from Australian timber merchants.
Natural Golden Yellow and Brown colour with a variable grain, giving NGR a desirable natural appearance with character.
Excellent: Hardness, Finish, Stability, Durability and Machining.
Good: Resistance to Splitting.
Surian Cedar (‘SC’) is a durable timber with a high rating against cracks and shrinking. SC is a lighter wood, and is more affordable than some other timber species. SC is softer than its comparable hardwood counterparts, and can be susceptible to slightly more movement. Paint finishing of SC requires more attention than, for example, New Guinea Rosewood. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Surian Cedar from Australian timber merchants.
Darker Brown to Red colour with a consistent grain.
Excellent: Finish and Durability
Good: Stability, Machining and Resistance to Splitting
Merbau is a strong and durable hardwood, commonly used for timber joinery framing, decking and cladding. Merbau is one of the hardest woods available on the Australian market, though can be more susceptible to leaching than other comparable timbers. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Merbau from Australian timber merchants.
Well-defined yellow to brown and dark red brown colour with an interlocked grain.
Excellent: Hardness and Durability
Good: Finish, Stability, Machining and Resistance to Splitting
Amoora is stable hardwood with a desirable finish that requires less attention when painting than softer woods. Amoora can typically be slightly more affordable than some other timbers, and is often criticized for its very heavy weight and abrasiveness on tools. It is also know to be more susceptible to splits and cracks, with a lower rating against movement than comparable timbers such as New Guinea Rosewood. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Amoora from Australian timber merchants.
Plain pink and brown colour with a consistent grain.
Excellent: Hardness and Finish
Neutral: Stability, and Resistance to Splitting
WESTERN RED CEDAR
Western Red Cedar (‘WRC’) is a relatively durable but very soft wood, commonly used only for cabinetry detailing and cladding. WRC is more susceptible to movement than most other comparable timbers. ALLKIND often recommends alternative solutions before using WRC for timber joinery in Queensland homes, as it is not a strong performing timber in the humid, sub-tropical climate.
Yellowish to brown colour with a straight grain and uneven texture.
Good: Finish, Machining, Resistance to Splitting.
Centor Sliding Insect Screens and Blinds
If you’re concerned about insects, the Centor S1E eco-screen is one of the best systems on the market – they’re fully retractable and ideal for use with timber bi-fold doors.
View more photos of timber bi-fold doors, as well as other recent work by ALLKIND Joinery, below:
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