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Advantages of Bifolding doors

If you are in the market for new bifolding doors you will be undoubtably be aware that they are now much more popular than other door styles for example French Doors or Patio doors.

The bifolding door can be regarded as a far more versatile kind of product as it will do much more than a traditional door.  One of the many advantages of bifolding doors is that the design can be adapted to act as a combination of a hinged door and a sliding door.

Why you should consider a bifolding door

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A bifolding door is a meticulously engineered product that unlike other types of doors can truly open up an entire wall. In the fully open position they do away with any fixed framing found in sliding or hinged doors.

One of the biggest advantages of bifolding doors is how they can seamlessly connect you living or kitchen space out into your garden, patio or terrace.

It is also now firmly established amongst estate agents and property developers that properties having bifolding doors have far more appeal to prospective customers than standard doors. Such is the popularity of the product.

Modern bifolding doors are a high quality engineered product

Much of the engineering that makes up high quality bifolding doors is hidden within the mechanism.  However as soon as you operate the opening mechanism you will appreciate the advanced engineering and design working behind the scenes.  This coupled with an attractive design really does mean that really do get what you pay for.

However any quality bifolding door will work reliably and dependably for many years to come, with some manufacturers offering lengthy guarantees.

Bifolding doors provide a sense of space

Professional developers and interior designers have frequently reported that bifolding doors are great for large and small spaces. Large spaces obviously benefit from bifolding doors – the advantage of bifolding doors in smaller spaces is that they create the illusion of space as the eye is drawn further than with typical hinged French doors.

Aluminium is the preferred choice for bifolding doors

You may know that bifolding doors are available in PVCu, timber, aluminium, steel or a combination of wood and metal called hybrid. All of these modern doors are well designed, secure and fit for purpose, but speak to any professional and aluminium doors will always be the preferred option.

This is because aluminium bifolding doors are slimmer, stronger yet lighter than other materials and can be made much wider and taller than PVCu doors as one example. Our own frameless bifolding doors can be made up to 3 metres high as one example and each panel can be made wider than even standard aluminium doors.

Consider how you will use your doors

Internal bifolding door

It is important to remember that for the majority of the year, your doors will be shut. It is unfortunate that the British climate does not give us the opportunity to use our bifolding doors more often as is the case in warmer climates. Therefore consider several factors when choosing bifolding doors

If your bifolding door will be your only door into your garden, it is highly recommended you consider what is called an access leaf. This is one leaf on a set of bifolding doors that opens independently of the other enabling quick and easy access outside; ideal for taking your washing or rubbish out, for simple ventilation, letting out pets or any other situation where you simply need easy entry and exit.

Another important factor is that with your new bifolding doors being closed for most of the year, you will want to look though as much glass as as little framing as possible.

If you are planning a large opening for say, a four, five or six panel bifolding door, when these doors are shut you will be looking though a lot of aluminium. Even with the slimmest bifolding doors, this visible framing can be obtrusive and this is where our own frameless glass doors provide a huge benefit.

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Andrew H.
21:45 17 Jan 22
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Des P.
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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.
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Matt G.
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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.
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16:19 28 May 21
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Stephen H.
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20:09 27 May 21
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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.
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17:45 20 May 21
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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
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12:29 05 May 21
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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.
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13:21 13 Feb 21
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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.
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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.
15:47 12 Oct 17
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Published on July 15, 2015

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