Innovation was at the forefront of Canada’s Farm Show 2022 and FinDoor was in attendance to provide a spin on the vertically opening overhead door systems that have been the go-to, at least in Canada, for numerous years.
FinDoor utilizes design and technology that is widely, and predominately, used in Finland and other Scandinavian countries to bring consumers a horizontally folding door, this to replace traditional vertically opening overhead doors.
Boyd Walder, director of sales North America for FinDoor, says their product boasts durability, maximum functionality all while being customizable to the needs of each customer.
“We can go up to 50 feet wide, 35 feet tall and they open horizontally versus up and down, so there are no springs, no cables, no drums to ever go wrong with them. Once the doors installed, there’s no maintenance on the doors,” says Waldner. “These doors are originally from Finland which is typically colder than Canada. The only difference here is we have the sustained winds that but they don’t have in Europe. So it’s one of the things we’ve had to get used to and we’ve adapted to the winds; it’s just a new way of thinking. And we’re very excited to bring this product to North America”.
The doors, which can be installed on a variety of buildings from agricultural, commercial or industrial, can also come equipped with triple pane windows or a man-door for easy entry and exit of the building.
The maintenance on the folding door system is reduced to simply greasing the hinges a couple times a year and Waldner says the doors themselves will never lose shape or absorb moisture thanks to a polystyrene closed cell structural foam inside the doors.
As the entire width of the door is made up of panels which can be anywhere from two to eight feet wide, it is possible to only open a few panels at once, as opposed to the entire opening, saving on possible heating and cooling costs and/or letting in unwanted dirt and debris.
Price wise, the Alberta-based company says they are relatively on par with traditional overhead systems.
“At about 14 by 14 is where we level off with an overhead door. If it’s smaller than that we’re probably a little pricier but as soon as you get above that we’re either on par or less than what an overhead or or comparable bifold door would be,” explains Waldner.
Installation of the system is done by a FinDoor professional and Waldner says lead time is approximately 10 weeks.