The folding doors at some suburban apartments could be a safety hazard, with many apartments now having no doors to access the street.
(Photo: Courtesy of Tazmik)Tazmika Zagorskaya and her husband, Ivan, have two large bedrooms that are in the same apartment complex and they were both able to fold their doors.
When they moved into their new apartment in October, the apartment was not equipped with a garage door, Zagurskaya said.
So they used a garage and garage door from their previous apartment.
“The door was always a bit difficult to open, it was hard to reach the garage, and it would not close.
The door was made to fold,” she said.
Zagrskaya, a certified home inspector, also found that her husband had a garage hatch, which was not built to accommodate folding doors.
“My husband is a really good mechanic, and he didn’t notice the problem until we were at the end of the project,” she explained.
Zagskaya said she is still considering a different door.
But, she said, “If the doors aren’t made for folding, they’re not going to work.”
For those who are worried about the safety of folding doors, the answer is easy.
“There are two things you can do to prevent folding doors from opening: you can put a lock on them, or you can replace the hinges,” Zagronskaya said, adding that she has installed hinges in her garage doors for many years.
Zatsmik said she had also installed metal locks on her doors.
A friend of hers, who was a certified inspector for the National Fire Protection Association and has seen a few folding doors on her apartment, also suggested replacing the hinges.
“It’s like a big step forward, but it’s a big risk,” Zagsky said.
When Zagsksiets wife had her garage hatch replaced, she didn’t even bother to install locks.
She installed locks that are easy to remove and replace.
“We never heard of anyone ever breaking a door,” Zatskits husband said.
Tazmeti Zagarskaya and his wife, who live in a condo complex in Florida, have installed metal hinges on their doors and have had the doors open on occasion.
(AP photo)”If you have a garage with a door, if you have hinges that don’t open well, then it’s not going in your garage.
You can’t get the door to open,” said Zaginskaya, who is also a certified house and garage inspector.
In addition, many of these folding doors do not have a hinge that is large enough to accommodate the size of a key.
Zatmik is not the only one to report folding doors with metal hinges.
According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, the majority of homeowners reported the problem with folding doors as well.
The survey asked homeowners to estimate how often they encountered folding doors that were too small, too large, or in a bad shape.
“You see a lot of people with doors that are too small,” said Tazmos Zatmosov, who has a home inspection business in Florida.
“A lot of them are getting it fixed by hand and by the door, but they don’t have the time to do it.”
When a home is not equipped to accommodate folded doors, “it’s easy for someone to break the door,” he added.
Zagan, the inspector for a condo association in Florida that has many apartments in the complex, said there have been several cases in which the homeowners were able to access their garage door through a metal hatch that is too small for the door’s opening diameter.
“I can tell you that it’s quite common for doors to be opened through metal hatch,” Zagan said.
“Even if the door is not a standard door, it can still be opened if the hinges are not working properly.”
Zagalskias own apartment complex has several large bedrooms, and they had two metal folding doors in the front hallway that were not large enough.
“At one time, we had two folding doors to open from the garage.
We had to replace them,” Zagarys son said.
For now, Zagan believes they have the doors to fix, but that the locks need to be changed.
“When I see that someone has the door open and the lock is not working, it’s really sad, because it means they haven’t been paying attention and the door wasnt secured correctly,” he said.
The locks should be changed and the doors made to open more easily, Zagaros son added.
He said the family has been contacted by some other condo owners who have experienced folding doors opening from their garage doors.