What is a Traffic Door and Do I need one?

Hedgehog Aluminium Systems design bespoke and modern bi folding doors with a range of traffic door configurations available.

What is a Traffic Door?

A traffic door is a door that is part of a bi folding installation but acts as a traditionally opening door. It's designed as a hinged traffic door sash that opens and closes as a normal door would with a lever handle. A traffic door allows easy access internally and externally without opening the bifold all the way and includes a built-in locking mechanism.

If you don't have a traffic door in your bifolding installation the locking system is activated by handles fitted internally, without any means of opening the door externally.

Why can a Traffic Door be useful?

Bi-fold doors are great for the hot summer days where you can fling them open, stacking neatly out of the way. Combining the internal and external space providing great fresh air to the house with no division between spaces.

However the amount of time we have the entire bifold stack open in the UK is a small percentage of the year. During the cold winter months it can be annoying (and can let out a lot of heat) to have to open the whole elevation just to pop out to the washing line or shed.

Traffic Doors within a bi folding door system allow the possibility to open just one section of your bi folding door and go outside, without having to open the entire aperture. 

What is a Traffic Door?

A traffic door is a door that is part of a bi folding installation but acts as a traditionally opening door. It's designed as a hinged traffic door sash that opens and closes as a normal door would with a lever handle. A traffic door allows easy access internally and externally without opening the bifold all the way and includes a built-in locking mechanism.

If you don't have a traffic door in your bifolding installation the locking system is activated by handles fitted internally, without any means of opening the door externally.

Why can a Traffic Door be useful?

Bi-fold doors are great for the hot summer days where you can fling them open, stacking neatly out of the way. Combining the internal and external space providing great fresh air to the house with no division between spaces.

However the amount of time we have the entire bifold stack open in the UK is a small percentage of the year. During the cold winter months it can be annoying (and can let out a lot of heat) to have to open the whole elevation just to pop out to the washing line or shed.

Traffic Doors within a bi folding door system allow the possibility to open just one section of your bi folding door and go outside, without having to open the entire aperture. 

How to Get a Traffic Door

We would advise to integrate a traffic door to our clients if:

There are numerous Bi-Fold door configurations available to suit an individual needs, providing functionality and flexibility to home and design projects. Depending on the amount of space available we would recommend a bifolding door configuration for you, including the number of panels required and whether the doors are outward or inward opening. If you want or require a traffic door we can advise on how to do this. 

The easiest way to integrate a traffic door into a bi fold door install is to have an odd numbered leafs folding in one direction. The leading door leaf is not paired to another and is then able to be operated independantly as a single door; or Traffic Door. 

2-panel bi-folding doors - you cannot integrate a traffic door into a bifolding door that is only 2 panes wide. The alternative is to have an aluminium French Door install. This allows you to open the entire aperture with one traffic door swinging to the left and one to the right. 

3-panel bi-folding doors - a popular configuration because of its versatility and flexibility. The bi folding doors can open and stack to the left or right. A traffic door is automatically integrated as the leading door leaf.  

4-panel bi-folding doors - a fabulous feature for wider openings. You can have 4 panes stacking and folding to the right or left. To integrate a traffic door you can break this 4 pane opening into a 3 pane bi folding door and a 1 pane that is hinged against the wall. 

5-panel bi-folding doors - providing an even larger opening space creating a fantastic feature of the glass. Doors can stack to the left or right. A traffic door is easily integrated as the leading pane on the bi folding stack. 

6-panel bi-folding doors - are very similar to 4-panel bi-folding door but provide an extra 2 panels on each end. You can integrate a traffic door using the same method as you do with a 4 pane. Alternatively you can split the bifold elevation in half, having three panes folding to the left and three to the right. The central two doors are then actually French Doors that you can open easily for access. 

7-panel bi-folding doors - the largest panel door available. They provide you with great opening with a clear beautiful view of the outside when closed. The stack can fold to the left or right with a traffic door automatically included as the leading leaf. Alternatively you can break down the 7 pane elevation into a bi parting option for a different opening design. 

 

Traffic Doors are a very useful element of bi fold door installation. No matter your bi folding door design there is a way to integrate a traffic door. Speak to us for more advice. 

 

4-panel bi-folding doors - a fabulous feature for wider openings. You can have 4 panes stacking and folding to the right or left. To integrate a traffic door you can break this 4 pane opening into a 3 pane bi folding door and a 1 pane that is hinged against the wall. 

5-panel bi-folding doors - providing an even larger opening space creating a fantastic feature of the glass. Doors can stack to the left or right. A traffic door is easily integrated as the leading pane on the bi folding stack. 

6-panel bi-folding doors - are very similar to 4-panel bi-folding door but provide an extra 2 panels on each end. You can integrate a traffic door using the same method as you do with a 4 pane. Alternatively you can split the bifold elevation in half, having three panes folding to the left and three to the right. The central two doors are then actually French Doors that you can open easily for access. 

7-panel bi-folding doors - the largest panel door available. They provide you with great opening with a clear beautiful view of the outside when closed. The stack can fold to the left or right with a traffic door automatically included as the leading leaf. Alternatively you can break down the 7 pane elevation into a bi parting option for a different opening design. 

 

Traffic Doors are a very useful element of bi fold door installation. No matter your bi folding door design there is a way to integrate a traffic door. Speak to us for more advice. 

 

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