Louvered bi-fold doors question

janralixApril 19, 2012

Our current louvered bi-fold doors that cover the laundry area are louvered on the top half and solid on the bottom half. In a remodel, we're looking at just the reverse - louvered on the bottom and solid, with opaque glass, on top (the glass will match some cabinetry glass). Is there a reason laundry doors are louvered on the top, such as allowing heat to escape (since heat rises), or is this just a matter of personal preference? Do they need to be louvered at all? The laundry area is only 4' deep x 6' wide (the doors are 5' wide), so I wonder about the heat issue.

Thanks.

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Cavimum

They need to be louvered so that air can circulate and travel through while the machines are running and if the doors are closed. Even after the machines are not running, there can be dampness or humidity in the air. IMO, it is always a good idea to allow laundry equipment every opportunity to breathe and have good air circulation.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 11:25AM
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oregpsnow

Glass doors on a laundry area sound dangerous - make sure they won't shatter if you bump into them. Don't want to die doing the laundry :-) Previous posters here recommend leaving the doors open while running the machines. They get hot, damp and the dryer uses a lot of air. And, if the washer is a FL be sure you can leave the door open and it gets lots of ventilation or you may get biogunk growing in it.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 1:09PM
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janralix

Looking for a little more specific answer: does it matter if the louvers are on the upper half or lower half of the doors?

As for the glass: if used, the glass will be inserts, like glass inserts in an upper kitchen cabinet.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 5:50PM
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georgect

If you do laundry (washing & drying) with the doors open then I don't see a need for them to be louvered at all.
If you do run the dryer with the doors closed, then yes, they must be louvered. Dryers pull a lot of air and must "breath" freely.

Check with your user manual for "closet installation" for the washer & dryer.
I just checked with an Electrolux manual and it states:

"Closet door ventilation required: A minimum
of 120 square inches (774.2 cm�) of opening,
equally divided at the top and bottom of the
door, is required. Openings should be located
3 inches (7.6 cm) from bottom and top of door.
Openings are required to be unobstructed
when a door is installed. A louvered door with
equivalent air openings for the full length of the
door is acceptable."

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 8:16AM
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