Over the last few years, internal bifold doors have become quite popular. As they don’t take up much floor space when opened, they are the perfect solution for wardrobes, pantries and even room entrances. With repeated use, however, the bifolds can become out of alignment and the hardware can wear out. In these cases, you might be interested in repairing the doors yourself rather than calling a professional in to complete the task for you.
What can I save by doing my own repairs?
There are actually a number of cost savings associated with undertaking your own bifold repairs. Firstly, it means that you don’t have to employ a professional to do the work for you. A serviceman will often set you back around one hundred dollars when you take into account callout and labour fees. Secondly, you won’t have to purchase a new door. They can often set you back a few hundred dollars, even for a low quality one.
How hard is it to do your own repairs?
The good news is that repairing your bifold doors is actually not that difficult a task. With a little patience and know-how, you should be able to deal with most of the possible issues yourself. It is, however, important to note that repairs will have a level of difficulty that ranges from “very easy” to “quite complex” and that they will require a skill level that ranges from “total novice” to “joinery specialist”. It is important that you accurately assess your skills.
What could go wrong with my repairs?
It is essential that you have considered what could go wrong with your repairs before work commences, as you need to have a back up plan. Some of the more common mishaps include: parts breaking, screws stripping the holes, and accidental damage to other parts of the door. If any of these issues occur, your repair may take longer or you might be forced to call in a professional. The latter could end up being quite costly.
Where on earth should I start?
The best place to start when it comes to internal bifold door repairs is with the simple things. More often than not, you will find that the most obvious problem is the one at fault. So, if your bifold is refusing to open or close properly, begin with the most common cause (in this case, the pivot pin has usually come loose or has dropped out completely). If all appears to be in order, move onto the second most common cause and so on.
As you can see, repairing your interior bifold doors is something that any homeowner can attempt. It is important, however, to know your own limits and skill level – if you are not confident in your ability to complete a particular repair, make sure that you contact a professional. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally cause further damage or even completely ruin the door. We also recommend contacting your bifold supplier if you need any assistance.