The Full History & Evolution of Folding Doors

What is a folding door?

A folding door is a type of door that is commonly used for interiors and exteriors for all housing types in Singapore. 

Folding doors were first popularised in the 70s to replace wooden doors that were more pricey and susceptible to termite and water damage. Folding doors are commonly made using either pvc or aluminium. 

They vary greatly in their usage, from bathroom doors to storefront doors and so on. Folding doors are highly versatile in their application..

Why use folding doors

Folding doors are widely used as they are made of durable materials that are resistant to corroding or water damage unlike wood. They also have a more smoother and urban finish which made them more popular. 

A notable boon of the folding doors is how space saving and versatile they are, being able to be installed in many different locations for various purposes.

They are popularly used as bathroom doors due to their durable and space saving qualities. 

Folding doors, as mentioned earlier are also fairly affordable, making them a popular option for many homeowners.

Types of Folding Doors, their unique traits and where and when to use them

There is a wide variety of folding doors in the market. When it comes to selecting a folding door best suited to your home, we must take into consideration the feasibility, purpose and location of the door.

Evolution of folding doors

70s

UPVC Multilayer Folding Door

Unique points: The UPVC material is waterproof and resistant to termites making it a great choice for an affordable bathroom door.

Do note that the door has gaps at the bottom and thus cannot fully prevent liquids or small objects from seeping in or out from the gap, 

  • Standard size: 33*84inches
  • Materials used for panels: UPVC
  • Considerations: (suitable for interior)

90s

Aluminium Bifold Doors

Unique points: Aluminium bifold doors are commonly used in the following areas

  • Bathrooms
  • Storerooms
  • Kitchen entrances 
  • Service Yards

They are suited for use in these areas as they light while also being rust resistant. Unlike the UPVC folding door, the aluminium bifold door does not have a gap as there is a track at the bottom. This allows the the door to fully close, which provides the room with superior air insulation, greater security and prevents liquids and other small objects from seeping out.

  • Standard size: 36*84inces(equivalent to 7ft)
  • Materials used for panels: Acrylic/Phenolic Panels; Normal Glass/ Tempered/ Laminated Glass/Mirror
  • Materials of Frame: Black/White Powder Coated Aluminium Frame/ Silver Anodized Aluminium Frame
  • Considerations: (suitable for interior)

More on Bifold Doors here!

Bifold door

Aluminium Collapsible Doors

Unique points: It is often used for main entrances in landed properties and shops. 

This is because their design is more rigid and sturdy, making them good options for burglary-preventing doors. 

They are also waterproof and can be used for larger door ways (above 7ft)

Collapsible doors are also regularly used as dividers since they are able to fold away neatly.

  • Standard Size: varies with materials used(usually is 36*84inches)
  • Materials used for panels: Acrylic Panels; Normal Glass/ Tempered/ Laminated Glass/Mirror; Composite Panels
  • Materials of Frame: Black/White Powder Coated Aluminium Frame/ Silver Anodized Aluminium Frame
  • Considerations: (suitable for interior and exterior)

Another option that was popularised during the 90’s is frameless glass collapsible doors. They are often made using tempered glass or laminated glass. They are fit for use in commercial buildings as well as homes. It’s minimal and elegant design makes it particularly outstanding in the looks department.

In the 2000s, frameless doors have evolved once more to offset their design flaws. Modern frameless doors typically come with thicker glass frames and thinner rubber sealers. Improving the structural integrity of the door without sacrificing on any of the looks.

  • Standard Size: varies with materials used(usually is 36*84inches)
  • Materials used for panels: Normal Glass/ Tempered/ Laminated Glass
  • Materials of Frame: Rubber sealer/aluminium frame 
  • Considerations: (suitable for interior and exterior)

00s

Aluminium Slide and Swing Doors

Unique points:The newest type of folding door, the slide and swing doors. It is a door designed to be space saving and safe at the same time. The door as its name implies is a combination of sliding doors and swing doors.

The door is able to fully open to as wide as 180 degrees, giving it as much accessibility as a regular swing door. It is also able to fold half of it’s width inwards when not in you, helping homeowners maximise on their valuable home space.

The slide and swing door is also trackless and is much sturdier due to its 09 stainless steel hinges and roller mechanism The 2 inch thickness of the door ensures that the door is adequately supported.

  • Materials used for panels: Acrylic/Phenolic Panels; Normal Glass/ Tempered/ Laminated Glass/Mirror
  • Materials of Frame: Black/White/Grey Powder Coated Aluminium Frame
  • Considerations: (suitable for interior and exterior)

More on Slide and Swing Doors here!

Conclusion

We hope that you’ve learnt something  about the different types of folding doors.

They are varied in their type and application, as such there is bound to be a type of folding door that would make a great addition to your home.

If you are looking for someone to supply and install doors for your home, look no further.

Our doors at Yi Ki Door & Renovation are customisable and come in various designs to suit the needs and preferences of various homeowners. Just let us know what you need and we will do our best to realise it.

Contact us today so we can start working with you on a door that is made just for you!

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