The Comprehensive Guide to Measuring for Bifold Doors

The Comprehensive Guide to Measuring for Bifold Doors

When it comes to enhancing your space with bifold doors, accurate measurements are the cornerstone of a seamless installation. Bifold doors offer a stylish and practical solution to connecting your indoor and outdoor areas, but the key to getting them right lies in precise measurement. Here’s your step-by-step guide to ensure you measure correctly for bifold doors. Contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for all your window and door needs.

Preparing to Measure

Before you start, it’s essential to have the right tools on hand. You’ll need a tape measure, a level, and potentially a ladder for higher access points. Clear the area around the door space so you can measure without obstructions. Remember, when taking measurements, accuracy is crucial – always measure twice to confirm.

Measuring the Width

Start by measuring the width of your opening at the top, middle, and bottom. Use the smallest of these measurements as your guide. This accounts for any slight variances in the width that can occur, particularly in older buildings where settling may have caused shifts in the structure. This measurement ensures that the bifold doors will fit the narrowest part of the opening and can be trimmed slightly to fit if necessary.

Measuring the Height

Next, measure the height on both sides of the opening from the floor to the underside of the lintel. Again, it’s crucial to use the smallest measurement to ensure the doors fit into the smallest part of the opening. Differences between the two sides can be due to flooring or lintel irregularities, so choosing the lesser measurement allows for adjustments during installation.

Checking for Squareness

A square opening is vital for the proper functioning of bifold doors. To check for squareness, measure diagonally from corner to corner, forming an X. If the measurements are the same, your opening is square. If there’s a discrepancy, you may need to plan for additional adjustments or framing to ensure a proper fit for the doors.

Accounting for Floor Levels

Floor levels can affect how your bifold doors operate, so it’s important to measure from the finished floor level. If your flooring isn’t yet completed, take this into account when measuring. Considering the floor finish will prevent issues like the doors catching on the carpet or leaving a gap above the flooring.

Finalizing Measurements for Ordering

With your width and height measurements noted, along with considerations for squareness and floor levels, you’re ready to finalize the measurements for ordering your bifold doors. It’s often recommended to reduce the final width and height by around 10mm to allow for fitting tolerances, ensuring the doors can be installed without force and operate smoothly.

Expert Assistance

While taking on measurements can be a DIY task, consulting with professionals like Progressive Insulation & Windows can provide peace of mind. With expertise in bifold doors, Progressive Insulation & Windows can help verify measurements, advise on any necessary preparatory work, and ensure that the doors you order will be a perfect fit for your space. For assistance with your bifold door measurements or to schedule a professional consultation, reach out to Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200. With the right preparation and professional guidance, your new bifold doors will be a beautiful and functional addition to your property.

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