Beautifully Hidden, Highly Functional Korthius RV Lift Strap Bi-Fold Garage Door By Schweiss
If you want a garage door which is completely hidden yet presents a truly innovative and practical feature, plus meets the local height’s zoning ordinance, Schweiss’s Korthius RV motorhome garage can be the best example. This RV owner definitely sidesteps that zoning height restriction to create such a strikingly distinct yet nice-looking garage design ideas.
Schweiss indeed offer not only a little imagination but also innovation with its popular lift-strap bi-fold door, especially for garage doors in 8 feet of height. Two patented Schweiss lift straps and a heavy-duty bottom-drive motor easily lift the 16 foot RV Schweiss bi-fold garage door seamlessly.
The Korthuis’s Story
A vegetable farmer, Herb Korthuis of Lynden, Wash, owns a 12-1/2foot-tall motorhome and wished to store it at his home. However, any garage door taller than 8 feet unfortunately did not conform to uniformity code in his neigborhood.
One day, he paid a visit to his relatives who has farm in Iowa and had a chance to took a trip to the Iowa State Fair. He found Schweiss Doors display and demonstration booth there. Korthuis, aware of his local zoning restrictions, discussed options with the developer, including installing a larger door disguised as a smaller door.
Once he knew about Schweiss doors he said that they’re exactly what he want for his motorhome garage door. Therefore, she pick up and took home some of Schweiss brochures. Also, he visited a local airport where one of his friends owned a big Schweiss airpark hangar door. Here, he witnessed the bifold lift-strap door and thought about similar plan to his own garage.
Korthuis made an appointment with architect Mark Ouellette of Ouellette Residential Design in Lynden Wash. They discussed several ways to build a garage door which conforms to the zoning restrictions. Ouellette himself was familiar with Schweiss Doors, having specified them for airplane hangars and agricultural building projects.
Ouellette and Korthuis finally agreed upon a sketch of what they wanted to carry out. The building inspector looked at the sketch and said that it would be no problem due to the design in which the door blends into the rest of the architecture of the home and conforms to the look of the neighborhood.
Ouellette’s first idea was to employ a downward ramp that went halfway into the ground using a conventional garage door. Then remembering photos and things he had seen from Schweiss Doors literature he and Korthuis formulated a brilliant alternative to create the top half portion of the garage door above the windows exactly match the siding of the Korthuis home.
Korthuis and Ouellette actually juggled the idea back and forth whether to apply a Schweiss one-piece hydraulic door, but in time made a decision to pick a Schweiss bi-fold lift strap door 12 feet wide, with a 14-foot tall clear opening, totaling 16 feet of door in height. Also, Korthuis decided to fasten a regular garage door without the tracks to the lower portion of the Schweiss Door frame, thus go with masonite siding would go above that. Due to extra weight from the exterior cladding, he asked Schweiss Doors to provide a heavy-duty bottom-drive motor. As a consequence, it required only two lift straps to raise the added weight. Autolatches, a remote opener and insulation gives the finishing touches on the door.
Schweiss Lift-Strap Bi-Fold Garage Doors
Based in Fairfax, Minnesota, Schweiss Doors is a leading manufacturer of bi-fold and hydraulic doors, and has emerged as a premier in the design and manufacture of designer and custom doors. In this industry, this company has more than three decades of experience and has witnessed its doors applied across the nation and even around the globe. Aviation and agriculture doors and garages are still their primary markets. However, their products also can be seen in theaters, at major league ballparks, in commercial buildings of all types, in institutional construction and more and more for residential projects.
Lift Straps Bi-Fold Garage Doors
Schweiss indeed offers truly tested and proven lift straps. As we all know, bifold doors have been upraised and lowered by the conventional means of steel cables. Schweiss bi-fold doors have been utilizing the best-selling, durable lift straps for over 14 years, and 94 percent of its customers are even demanding polyester lift straps for this function.
The reason is that lift straps provide more lifting ability that will not break or over-wrap. They have extremely high of strength-to-weight ratio on straps. The 3-inch straps are rated at 29,000 lbs, recalling that 1/4” cables are rated at only 7,200 lbs. In addition, lift straps also have the safety factor on straps well over a 5:1 ratio.
Schweiss designed and patented a custom made polyester Lift Strap that offers a new alternative to steel cables. As previously stated, these lift straps are more durable and last longer compared to steel cables. It demand less maintenance and it is very easy to replace. Moreover, new patented Lift Straps are said as the smarter way to lift and lower your bifold door in smoother, safer, faster, and quieter ways.
The strap wraps around the lift drum as the door opens, enhancing the size of the drum. The larger the drum’s circumference the faster the door opens. The ideal mechanism is the door opens slowly at first and quickly picks up speed, offering such a nice safety feature. It has a clean and hefty design. The operation is simple and quiet, yet the door opens faster.
The new Lift Strap products are offered and featured with a new strap tightener system which takes up slack in the belting. It can be a real nice feature for maintaining the proper tension.
Some Other Real Benefits
- All straps are polyester, they never rust, making it more durable and longer-lasting.
- Straps are flexible, means longer life span.
- Straps are 100% quieter and smoother running on the door.
- Straps will increase the opening/closing speed of the door due to the size of the drum circumference.
- The door is opened slowly at first then speeds up, a good safety feature. You get a Soft Start and a Soft Stop.
- Straps never get tangled or criss-crossed.
- Straps evenly distribute the load on the door.
- Straps have three times the life of cables.
- Ratchet tightener for easier tightening the straps.
- Competitive and affordable price.
- “Cable-Lift”-to-”Lift-Strap” conversion kits that adapt to most presents doors with factory.