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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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Andrew H.
Andrew H.
21:45 17 Jan 22
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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
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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
Fantastic product fitted by professional abs friendly staff.
Chrissie B.
Chrissie B.
17:07 05 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
The quality of the product and the care taken in design and fitting is excellent. Really pleased with the finish and the service throughout. Excellent value.
Ken K.
Ken K.
09:37 21 Apr 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
We love our new kitchen windows fitted by FGC - we particularly chose them for their slim frames. Their service has been excellent throughout, including on a recent maintenance item. We would highly recommend them.
Tica C.
Tica C.
13:21 13 Feb 21
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Bernadette C.
Bernadette C.
14:59 10 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
so pleased with the first class service we received from the first phone call to the installation I would highly recommend FGC !
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Chris S.
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What our customers say

Mr & Mrs Glasgow – Chalfont St Peter

We are very pleased with our frameless curtains in our dining room and lounge, both of which open out into a conservatory.   Our first contact with you, by telephone, was excellent.  We were invited to look at your glass curtains at your showroom in Chatham which is an hour and a half distant.  Seeing

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

Punctual, Friendly & Efficient

Many thanks for your prompt attention to our problem. As before, your fitters were punctual, friendly and efficient. A credit to your company.

Mr C, Surrey  

Mr & Mrs R – Berkhamsted

After researching the market for a contemporary sliding minimal frame patio door, we were delighted to come across Frameless Glass Curtains. We were so pleased with the doors we ordered another set for the dining room and were not let down – the service we received was consistently good from staff both in and out

Delighted with the transformation

The Glass Curtains are all that you promised….and are much admired. We are delighted with the transformation to the dining area now that the decoration is complete. Will forward cheque by post tomorrow( Friday)  and some pictures by E . Don’t hesitate to use us as a satisfied customer!

Recent maintenance visit

FGC came to carry out some minor maintenance and as always they were very efficient and friendly. During this period of social distancing, they were well prepared and able to do the work safely and professionally.

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Mr M K @ Saffron Walden

A heartfelt thank you from us. We knew we wanted something a bit special to set off our extension, which has been absolutely essential in making our new home work for the family. We scoured the internet for something that would allow an uninterupted view of the planned garden but would also allow us to

We love the doors

We love the doors

Mr Lawrenson

A great installation

“Thank you again for a great installation, we are really enjoying the extra light.” I will be sending a load more images your way at some point today.

Mr T – Woking

Couldn’t be happier with the product.

Couldn’t be happier.

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Mr & Mrs V, London

We are delighted with our FGC doors even though the construction of the room is still not yet completed – friends and family visiting our new Garden Room are all commenting vey positively on how amazing the doors look. With the beautiful summer we are having, it is a real pleasure to be able to

Mr P – Aylesbury

We have been very happy with the service you offer and indeed the product. We found the office responded promptly and the delivery was swift and when promised. The fitting staff were professional, polite and unintrusive. We would be very happy to let people look at our installation. 20150724

Published on June 3, 2015

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