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Advice about buying Bifolding Doors

Here are our top tips and advice about buying Bifolding Doors.  Whether you are replacing your old sliding or French doors, or building a new extension, bifolding doors are a logical choice.  The decision  making process does not have to be complicated once you understand the basic principles about how Bifolding doors differ from conventional doors.  Unlike a typical door a bifolding door comprises complex running gear, sophisticated design so that it can slide, swing and fold.

What are the advantages of bifolding doors?

Over recent years many people have chosen to extend and upgrade their homes rather than move to a new house.

This popularity in home renovation is also reinforced by the plethora of home improvement programmes, lifestyle shows and much more.

As more and more people choose to improve their homes rather than sell, for this reason the bifolding door has become very popular. Bifolding doors are the only product that can completely fold back to open up an entire wall and create a substantially larger clear opening than a hinged or sliding door.  Additionally, they are also flexible. What you may not know is that bifolding doors do not need to be folded back all the time. They can be designed with one or more access doors giving you easy access and exit without having to fold all your doors back.

It is in the summer months that bifolding doors prove why they are so popular. No other product can connect the inside to the outside of your home like a folding door.

Are there planning considerations with bifolds?

If you are replacing older doors such as a large patio door, generally there are no planning considerations. However planning rules differ from area to area, so it is wise to check beforehand with your local authority.

Most installations of bifolding doors come Permitted Developments.

If you are building a new extension, you will most likely have used an architect and of course a competent builder. Your architect will already have the knowledge about planning and design considerations and will be helpful to you.

Choosing between PVCu or Aluminium doors.

Bifolding doors can be a valuable addition to a home so it makes sense to choose wisely.

Do your research around bifolding doors and you will see that the vast majority of quality and well engineered bifolding doors are made of aluminium.

We believe every product has its place, but aluminium is far superior to PVCu doors for many reasons. Whilst plastic bifolding doors have come a long way in recent years, the nature of PVCu as a material still means it is thicker, bulkier and less attractive than aluminium.

PVCu doors cannot be made as large as aluminium doors and are therefore restricted by size. Furthermore PVCu expands roughly two and a half times more than aluminium which means in the heat, the doors will expand and may cause operational and reliability issue.

What colour should you choose for bifolding doors?

In recent years, technology in both PVCu and aluminium doors has enabled far more colour choice than ever before.

PVCu doors in a colour will either be wet sprayed or have a coloured foil applied.

We recommend aluminium powder coated bifolding doors. The processes used in powder coating aluminium doors means the finish is far more durable, more resistant to UV rays and is available in a much wider choice of colours, textures and finishes.

There are over 200 possible colour combinations available today so you can choose literally any colour you like with with a powder coated door.

Are Bifolding Doors safe and secure?

You have the peace of mind that most quality bifolding door systems have passed stringent security testing. There are many different types of security testing such as Secured By Design, PAS 23 or 24, BS7950 or current European Standards.

Whatever standard doors have passed, this means they have been subjected under controlled conditions to a variety of attack tests, timed test, attempts to prise doors apart and much more.

All of this means that your new bifolding doors will be secure.

This also applies to our own frameless bifolding doors. Despite their minimal aluminium and large glass panes, they are as secure as any all aluminium bifolding door.

Compare more than one bifolding door.

Bifolding doors are not cheap and you are making a large investment in your home. It makes sense therefore to try out the product.

We recommend you look at the different frame options, handle designs, threshold options and how the doors operate.

Once you have seen your typical aluminium bifolding door, we invite you to have a look at our glass frameless doors that will give you the very minimum in frame and visible aluminium and the most in maximum glass area.

The importance of bifolding door installation.

One of the most important factors in ensuring the long term reliability of your new bifolding doors is ensuring they are expertly fitted.

The precise install of a bifolding door is crucial bearing in mind the large structural opening that doors will be fitted to. Builders will often not create a truly square opening despite their best efforts.

But even so, the precise installation of bifolding doors, making sure glass is packed correctly, doors are adjusted precisely and the correct fitting of the door frames and leaves will all help make your doors reliable for many years to come.

Let us help you choose the best bifolding door for your home.

Our unique frameless sliding and folding doors have been designed by us from the ground up. We manufacture them in our own factory and install them all over the UK.

We can also customise your doors to create glass screens, internal room dividers, glass porch doors and much more. Contact us and find out why our bifolding doors are like no other you will see on the market.

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Quality company with quality product. Very happy with our new frameless folding doors.
Danny B.
Danny B.
10:39 14 Aug 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!!
d.w.horne
d.w.horne
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
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
Excellent product fitted by professional and friendly staff. Would absolutely recommend.
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 !
Chris S.
Chris S.
15:47 12 Oct 17

What our customers say

We love the doors

We love the doors

Mr Lawrenson

Hugely impressed by your level of service.

I just wanted to say that I remain hugely impressed by your level of service. The two chaps who came out to service our doors were once again marvellous.  They are very polite and clearly very skilled. It’s very easy these days to complain and sometimes it’s nice to pass on credit where it is

GB

We had 3 sets of doors installed in April. We had searched far and wide for bifold doors and those supplied by FGC were undoubtedly the most striking. We have had favourable comments from visitors and the doors are functioning well. Our dealings with FGC have been excellent and they have attended since the installation

Mrs M @ Beaumont Close London SW15

We were very happy with the service offered from start to finish. The frameless glass doors are a perfect solution to our extension and have received many compliments.The workmen who installed the doors were courteous and efficient, the job completed in a few hours, we had a slight problem that needed attending to and this

bringing the outside in!

as an Architectural Technologists, I stumbled across FGC and its proved to be my best stumble. I have knocked two rooms into one to make the most of viewing my garden, my wife and I were looking for the most unobtrusive bi fold door frame to maximise the view, which was proving a challenge until

Anthony Mackin
Anthony

Mr PM

We chose FGC because we wanted something unique to connect both garden and our new room. Unique design, simple flawless construction, ease of use and durable construction all fit perfectly with what we wanted. FGC further enhanced the fit with great service and on site installation, answering any further queries we had very quickly. 20150112

Excellent Service

The guys phoned, as promised, to let me know their ETA. Arrived punctually and did a great job. It’s apparent they know the system inside out and we’re very thorough. All after sales follow up has always been efficient. Chatty and polite guys. Thanks FGC.

Mel Crann
Mel

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

Happy with all your support

The bottom line, I am happy with all your support to get me the financial support for this project.  Without your help the project would not have been realised.

Bashir
Bashire in Cambridge

Really Thrilled

We are really thrilled with our doors and the whole process carried out by yourselves. Thank you so much again. Mrs Newell 20160722

P & J

Our windows look great and certainly get the wow factor with visitors… Fitters were great, polite, very quick very tidy and helpful in advice. Yes we would recommend.. 20150113

An underestimated product

After visiting a NT stately home which had a glass porch entry I asked fgc to see if they could do one for us. I had the vestiges of a porch with brick sides but no front. The installation made the entrance a feature which is declared up market and interesting. It is a halfway

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Published on August 22, 2015

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