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Comparing sight lines on bifolding doors

Bifolding door sightlines are one of many considerations when choosing a new, quality folding sliding door for your home.  To help you understand this feature found in all types of doors, we explain more about it as well as what to consider. We also compare our best selling frameless doors with some of the best-known brands.

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Only our frameless sliding and fold doors come with virtually no sight line and no visible mullion.

Everything you need to know about bifolding door sightlines.

First of all, the definition of a sight line is the amount of non-glass material, blocking the line of sight through any door in the closed position.  Many good brands of bifolding doors now offer reduced sightlines thanks to the better design.

Secondly, every door, whether aluminium, PVCu, timber or even our frameless doors, require a frame. One frame houses the glass units; the other frame is the perimeter frame fixed to your house.  The outer frame is always visible – as every door needs this for rigidity, security and weather performance.

Third, is the visible frame you see around the glass.  In a conventional bifolding door, every panel is independent. As a result, when looking at a closed set of doors, you see visible mullions.  The more panels in your bifold, the more mullions you see. This is the sightline.

Therefore, while bifolding doors are outstanding as a patio door, opening up your home, in winter, they remain closed. Consequently consider that the thinner the mullion, the more glass you get and the better views through the glass.

Comparing bifolding door sightlines on aluminium bifolds.

At FGC, not only do we have a lot of bifolding door experience, but we also know other products too.  Our patented frameless system is a premium quality door.  With no visible mullions as well as no aluminium, only our door offers you the slimmest bifolding door sight lines. Therefore,  if you’re comparing our doors to other top brands as you do your research, we make it easy for you to compare bifolding door sightlines.

BIFOLDING DOOR SYSTEM Door Sight Line
FGC Frameless Double Glazed Door Virtually no sightline
Schuco ASS 80FD 112mm
Schuco ASS 70 FD 120mm
Reynaers CF68 131mm
Centor C1 Bifolding Door 136mm
AluK Optio BSF70 Folding Sliding Door 140mm
Origin Bifolding Door 154mm

Of course, there are other brands of bifolding doors, but we are showing you the premium brands allowing you to compare on a like-for-like quality basis.

Four Reasons why frameless doors are the better bifolding doors.

If the sight lines on your bifolding doors matter, there are more great reasons to choose an FGC frameless slide and fold doors.  Our unique mullion design provides benefits and a better bifolding door in other areas too.

No unsightly door hinges.

Any aluminium, upvc or timber concertina style bifolding door needs hinges to connect the door panels. As a result, you get not only visible mullions but also visible hinges.  Inside the doors, you also get two handles. One is a pull handle the other is a locking handle.

Our frameless system uses our roller system with durable guides meaning the doors do not require any intermediate hinges.

Better views through the glass.

Look at the double glazed units in your home, and you will see a white,  silver or black ‘spacer bar’.  A spacer bar holds the two panes of glass together as well as providing energy efficiency to the overall window or door.  Thermal performance in glass and windows help lower your energy bills.

Our doors also use thermally enhanced spacer bars. However, at the door mullion, we use glass instead of plastic or metal.  As a result, we offer better clarity through our already minimal sight lines.

Thinner aluminium than other bifolding doors.

As well as offering you no visible mullions and the best aesthetics, our doors also have thinner aluminium in the critical areas.  Our door rails and our outer frame is smaller than most bifolding doors on the market.

Furthermore, our doors are also narrower depth profiles too.  So not only do you get thinner doors when closed, but you also get neater stacking doors when open. Our fully folded panels take up less space than other brands.

A lower bifolding door threshold.

The thinner bifolding door sightlines and thinner frame also allow us to design a lower threshold.  Even better is our threshold is lower than other brands’ threshold and comes with a weather rating.  Check out most other bifolding door thresholds marketed as ‘low’, and you’ll often see a disclaimer saying there is no weather rating or that threshold suggested for internal use.

Contact us today to find out more and for a free quote.

Our unique patented product offers all the benefits of a bifolding door such as transforming your living space and enhancing your home.  They are energy efficient, secure and weather resistant.  Our doors also give you better views thanks to slimmer frames and bigger glass panels.  They also have the best sight lines. Contact us today to find out more and get a free quote.

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Frameless Glass Curtains have few competitors so they could take a lacked approach to their work. However, that is not the case. We have had a porch installed in a space that was not square or aligned. The service from survey to finish has been above standard. Barry’s attention to detail and determination that the work would not be complete until his high standards were met was much appreciated. The communication from the admin side was clear and helpful. So all in all we will be using Frameless Glass again and have no hesitation in recommending them.
D J
D J
14:43 14 Apr 22
Highly competent office and site staff, great product and at a fair price. Couldn't be happier with the entire experience and end result.
paul R.
paul R.
17:07 29 Mar 22
From the beginning to the end, everyone at FGC have been amazing. I knew straight away that the glazing FGC would provide and install would be spectacular and how right that was! The FGC glazing allows our Edwardian stained glass door to still be a main feature and in fact it shows it off perfectly. We are so happy with the end result and can’t praise FGC highly enough, somehow 5 stars doesn’t seem to be high enough.
vanessa C.
vanessa C.
20:41 14 Mar 22
Their windows are second to none. No other company in Germany, UK or anywhere else can produce such a fabulous product.Any issues that has come up, they always come & fix it. The staff are so nice and polite. For a small company they do really a great job over all. The main things are the frameless bifolds that you hardly have any frame in the line of vision and there is a 5 years guarantee. Mr & Mrs Jahedi
Zorè
Zorè
15:13 09 Mar 22
Delighted with our new frameless glass doors. Had lots of lovely comments, even all the trades who have been working on our house have said they've not seen anything like them. Great having something a little unusual. The quality of the doors is of a very high standard. The service from FGC has been very good too, from ordering through to installation. All went very smoothly with no problems. Paid a bit more than regular bifolds, but worth every penny. Best decision, no regrets at all.
Fiona G.
Fiona G.
15:57 06 Feb 22
Very happy with our installation
Jayne N.
Jayne N.
17:36 03 Feb 22
Great service and very welcoming for my father and I. Adrian in particular was very efficient, gave great pertinent advice and guidance on my future purchase!
Andrew H.
Andrew H.
21:45 17 Jan 22
Excellent in all aspects from initial viewing in showroom to actual installation.
Des P.
Des P.
09:21 22 Dec 21
Excellent service and product from FGC.I have a glass-box conservatory, built with structural glass about 20 years ago. The 2 sliding doors needed replacing, along with 2 side panels, and I contacted dozens of companies selling conservatory doors and none of them were prepared to install their doors because of the perceived risks of working with structural glass.Then I found FGC who, with no fuss at all, carried out a survey, provided a very reasonable quote for the doors/panels and then installed the doors/panels on the agreed date.Communication with the FGC office was always quick and easy. The surveyor and installation team were efficient and courteous. The product works beautifully.We can now use our conservatory again. Thanks FGC.
Tony
Tony
08:03 09 Nov 21
Great company with excellent, friendly and responsive service, the guys were helpful and efficient with the installation and the slide and turn doors are a fantastic product.
Arun S.
Arun S.
16:52 23 Oct 21
Excellent service from start to finish, from sales/admin to site survey to installation. Good communication throughout, very friendly staff and the Frameless Glass Curtains are a serious piece of kit. Quality materials, unique design and look stunning. Thoroughly recommended.
Roger H.
Roger H.
07:56 12 Aug 21
Fantastic service from start to finish, from the surveying, contact with office to the workmen. I have experience through work of a number of companies providing similar products and these guys have been by far the best to deal with
Matt G.
Matt G.
14:12 10 Jun 21
FGC installed a two-panel frameless glass door at our property yesterday. Wow!! the installation is exactly as discussed, and was carried out by two of FGC's team members who were so professional and courteous. They were excellent, and we have no hesitation in recommending FGC and their team to anyone considering such an installation.We are delighted with the installation, and very pleased we chose FGC.Well done FGC!!
David W H.
David W H.
07:31 10 Jun 21
The quality of the windows / doors are second to none.The customer service was first class from placing the order to installation we were kept informed at every step.The installation team led by Richard left our house and patio cleaner than when they arrivedI would recommend FGC 100%Tony- Burnley
Border S.
Border S.
16:19 28 May 21
From start to finish everything was excellent.Fab u lasThank you
Stephen H.
Stephen H.
20:09 27 May 21
BRILLIANT SERVICE FROM START TO FINISHHighly recommended.
Stephen O.
Stephen O.
09:01 21 May 21
We purchased a beautiful Origin sliding door and side window from FGC. FGC installed the sliding door and window on time, however the sliding door did not fit correctly. Issues can happen. FGC made the process of re-surveying and re-installation very simple. FGC is a very pleasant and professional company to deal with. We are very happy with their service and would strongly recommend them.
Nathan P.
Nathan P.
17:45 20 May 21
I love my doors! It’s transformed my place. The people are great, no nonsense, organised and efficient. I’d recommend them to anyone
Darius C.
Darius C.
12:29 05 May 21
Excellent planning and product advice. All the staff were polite courteous and friendly.On the day of the installation, the team arrived bang on time -we live in Wales so a long drive from Kent! They had the job done by lunchtime (fitting a sliding patio door) and I have to say that on first impression of the unit, it looks and feels like solid quality.
Adrian W.
Adrian W.
12:15 13 Apr 21
We had a 5m stretch of these wonderful doors installed several years ago and have been very happy with the uninterrupted view of the garden that they allow from the living room. They are admired by every tradesman who sees them. A minor problem we experienced with water ingress last year was promptly and effectively resolved, and the doors were serviced for free at the same time.
Ian J.
Ian J.
15:06 26 Feb 21
Great staff and great products! Have visited the showroom to view doors, really loved all of them! Have referred to a friend - Can't recommend enough
Elly B
Elly B
14:53 22 Sep 20
Really great doors. Really are something different. Expensive, but you really pay for what you get here.
Adam F.
Adam F.
12:56 10 Aug 19
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What our customers say

I am very happy with the doors

I am very happy with the doors – I saw them last night after work – though I didn’t open them as I wanted to make sure I followed the installers’ instructions not to. They look wonderful and my boyfriend and mum tell me they were absolutely lovely chaps. The finish seems brilliant and appears to

Mr E @ Elmwood lane Berwick on Elmet

On first contact you talked and demonstrated the unit, the installers were very polite, clean and tidy. I am very pleased with the product and I would recommend FGD to other people. 20150113

People admiring our new porch

We were only at home for one day following the installation. A courier delivering a parcel admired the porch and asked who built it for us. Success I think.   Mrs J, Broadstairs

Mrs J

No comparison!

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)?   Initial contact was great!  You may remember that we first visited one of your existing customers in Henley.  I honestly can’t remember the ladies name but she was really helpful, was happy to invite us round the next evening and was clearly delighted

Fantastic company.

Thank you for supply and fitting the beautiful bi folding doors to one of our bespoke projects. Customer service has been second to none. Timescales have all been met as promised. Would definitely use this company again in the future.

L G Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd
L G Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd

Loved the Door

FGC was very professional from the start and loved the doors. They add a much needed x-factor to my room and love the fact that it has a very thin frame!.

Venkat Neelakantan
Venkat

Excellent product and service

We have just had sliding doors fitted to a barn conversion and are delighted with the result. The ordering, measuring and supply all went very smoothly, very creditable given the present difficulties. The fitting team arrived exactly on time and did a very professional job with great attention to detail…and very nice chaps too. I

Paul Gregory
Paul

Ms A @ Earlsfield road London SW18

frameless glass doors invited me to their workshop to view the glass curtains for myself, and to show me how they were made. Installation was clean and tidy. When they say they are going to turn up, they do, and are always on time.The product looks great. It really does make the refurb seem complete,

ABCO, Southampton

On the day of installation your fitters arrived on time and commenced with the installation. They were courteous and polite and left the work area clean and tidy. I would be happy for you to use the installation as a promotional example of your work. 20150218

Unfailingly Helpful

It is a good time to say to you that while we still very much the windows, the ease of opening, the views closed or open, now that the weather has turned colder we have been struck quick dramatically by the improvement in insulation.  The large windows here that you/we have replaced were double glazed

Mr Mrs H @ Bucklebury West Berkshire

The service I received from FGD was professional and prompt from the initial on site survey through to installation and completion. Added to this the finished product has exceeded my expectations. It has enhanced my home with style and individuality, and enabled me to make use of the space in a way that is ‘unique’.

Wonderful

We have been amazing our friends and family with our FGC since we had it installed a few weeks ago. Every ‘trade’ that is working on site has been fascinated and suitably impressed with the product and engineering. We are over the moon as it has really been the star of our home extension. Thanks

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson

Published on May 28, 2015

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