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Things to consider when buying bi folding doors

With many homeowners choosing to improve their home rather than move to a new one, upgrading, renovating and extending the home is  very popular.

This is particularly the case in areas throughout the UK that are enjoying rising house prices. In these areas homeowners are weighing up the pros and cons of improving their existing home or buying a new one.

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Often, when taking into consideration estate agent fees, stamp duty as well as other common associated costs, many are opting to  carry out improvements to their homes.  This has the advantage of making the property more sellable and adding value.  Whilst of course making homes more pleasant to live in.

One very popular way of adding value and increasing living space is by building an extension. For several years the trend in home extensions is very much a light filled room with an open plan living arrangement.

Why bifolding doors are popular

But by far the most popular glazed product that is installed is the bifolding door.

Bifolding doors are one unique product that, compared to patio doors, provide a way of completely opening up an entire wall and provide seamless access to your outside space.

They are also very attractive, look set to remain in fashion for the foreseeable future and aided by home improvement television programmes and lifestyle shows have changed how we use our living spaces.

Therefore with bifolding doors now so popular and the benefits appreciated how do you choose from the many types of products available?

Purchasing Bifolding Doors doors can appear a complicated process. With different materials to choose from such as PVCu, timber and the more popular aluminium what should you consider if you’re in the market for a bifolding door?

Why buy a bifolding door?

Bifolding doors are versatile and flexible. Clever engineering and design now means they do much more than simply slide back in the summer.

One clever innovation with modern bifolding door products is that they can be used all year round. Design your bifolding doors with an access leaf and you can enjoy simple exit and entry without having to slide all the doors back every time.

What is best PVCu, Aluminium, Timber or Glass?

Each material has its place in the market. PVCu doors are great for those on a budget that simply require a bifolding door at the lowest possible price.

PVCu doors however provide very thick sight lines compared to aluminium and the doors when closed (as they are most of the year) can appear bulky. PVCu also expands 2.5 times more than aluminium. Professionals in the trade have historically stated that when it comes to bifolding doors aluminium is best, but that is changing.

Timber bifolds are ideal if you want the warm natural feel of wood. Again their sight lines will be thicker but timber bifolding doors also have their merits in the right property.

Glass Bifolding Doors or Frameless Bifolding Doors are a product you may not be aware of. These doors are a departure from traditional construction of doors where each door leaf has a perimeter frame.

Glass bifolding doors feature ultra slim top and bottom rails normally found in the glass door leaves used in many retail outlets and frameless glass doors and screens.

Between each door leaf is only glass along with a sophisticated slimline gasket ensuring weather resistance. There is no intermediate frame meaning when the doors are closed, you are enjoying better views having no aluminium framing in the vertical positions between each panel.

What colour should I choose for bifolding doors?

The sophisticated powder coating technology used in aluminium doors and windows now gives homeowners virtually unlimited colour choice including different colours inside and out.

It is also popular today for customers to choose white windows in their homes with contrasting colours on bifolding doors and french doors, such as grey or black.

Grey remains one of the most popular colours, but did you know that there are over 20 different shades of grey available?

With over 250 possible colours available in doors there is certainly choice. Our advice is to opt for the colour that will best suit your home, interior decor or any other factor important to you. There is nothing wrong with choosing bold vibrant colours such as yellow, red or blue either.

What about security on Bifolding Doors?

Quality bifolding doors will have been tested to the relevant standards.

The rear of the property is often the target area for opportune burglars as in many homes the back is hidden from view.

Door and window security is uppermost in the minds of homeowners and the expectation is that all doors and windows have to be secure.

Bifolding doors need to be particularly secure given their large glass panes and moving panels.

Even uur own frameless glass doors are independently tested to one of the highest standards in security – PAS24 2012. This enhanced security standard proves that our doors have been subjected to sustained and timed attacks and remained locked tight and secure.

We still achieve this high security test standard even though our doors have significantly less framing than any other typical aluminium bifolding door.

Try before buying bi folding doors.

Not all bifolding doors are the same so it makes sense to shop around and see what products are available.

What you will find in many typical double glazing showrooms is common makes of doors that are widely available.

Our own glass bifolding doors are significantly different from the many doors you will see. They are unique and benefit from all the advantages of aluminium bifolding doors but with virtually no frame other than at the head and sides.

Despite this lack of visible framing, our glass bifolding and sliding doors are highly secure and ultra weathertight.

If you are in the market for a bifolding door and wish to see a product that stands out from the mainstream, contact us for more information and prices.

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What our customers say

Mr & Mrs F @ lower road one house Stowmarket

From the time of our first visit to your premises we felt comfortable with your product. It was a product just as we had hoped and envisaged for our new kitchen extension – double glazed, frameless glass doors to cover a 7.310 meter opening ! Until then we were not sure if it was possible.

Absolutely thrilled with the doors

We are absolutely thrilled with the doors and thank you all very much.
The service has been exemplary from the office to the surveyor to Mick & John fitting.
We would not hesitate to recommend you. Mr & Mrs N, Chelmsford

Mr and Mrs N

Superb service combined with outstanding designed product

In my view, the hallmark of something well designed is simplicity combined with good looks… FGC offer this in spades. Having looked at literally hundreds of bi-folding doors, we were struck by how straightforward the FGC product is – and, as far as it is possible to eliminate the frame except around the exterior of

Michael Roghani-Brown
Mike R-B

Thank you for a brilliant product

Thank you for a brilliant product I am so glad I chose FGC for my windows/doors everybody who sees them is so impressed by them but mostly my wife and myself!
Thanks again [and your team] Best regards
Brian 20160927

Great product with amazing after sales service

All of our dealings with FGC have been great. They are professional, friendly and accommodating. Our glass curtain is wonderful and we love it even more than we thought we would. The few little settling in issues we’ve had have been dealt with so quickly and their technical team are incredibly easy to deal with.

rhona mead
Maisie

first class team from start to finish

We are extremely pleased with out beautiful doors & windows on our newly built front porch.
The whole team front start to finish were so very very helpful and we could not believe how quickly they were made & fitted for us.
The staff in the office could not be more helpful &

treena ribbens
treena

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

New doors and they have transformed our relationship with the outdoor space

When it has been sunny we have made full use of the new doors and they have transformed our relationship with the outdoor space. The design and colour of the doors has modernised the look of the back of the house especially now we do not have lashings of uPVC everywhere. We were very happy

See for yourself this brilliant design

“Visiting the FGC factory before a site viewing was the best decision we made. Very few of the reviewers make any mention of the apparent simplicity that disguises the cleverness and ingenuity in this way of dealing with a large size glazed opening. At the factory the finer details behind the design were explained, and

Excellent

A great product from a great company. Friendly and efficient service from day one.

Ian Greenfield
Ian G

1st Church of Christ Science, Claygate

We are delighted with the glass doors and so grateful that completion was before Christmas! We would be happy for anyone to come and see the installation and would recommend your company as polite, efficient and totally professional. 20150218

Excellent windows!!!!

We have patio doors and a large matching picture window, these are well designed, manufactured and installed and are noticed and acknowledged by all visitors to our house. The customer service is also excellent so highly recommend these products and company.

Phillip Coutts
Phil

Published on June 3, 2015

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