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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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What our customers say

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

Achieving exactly what we wanted

We are delighted with the end-resulting porch and it is achieving exactly what we wanted from it. We have also had several very positive comments from visitors, etc – which is very gratifying. We have also been impressed with the attitude and approach of all the company employees we have met.

Mr & Mrs White
Mr & Mrs White - Staffs

Outstanding

This is the first project I have completed with FGC and it will not be the last. From the original survey and quote, right through to final installation, the team at FGC have been tremendous. The communication and detail is outstanding, the quote was fair market competitive and the final result of the product in

Claire Menzies
CMenzies

A great job

Hi,
I would like to say that your work crew were really nice people and did a great job !!

Delighted

Delighted with final result and extremely pleased that I decided on these ‘frameless glass doors’ over conventional bifolds. The company had no end of patience with any pre-order questions that I raised and the factory visit and visit to view an existing installation were very informative and reassuring. The team that fitted were professional, attentive

Linda Trodd
Mrs T

Scrimgeour

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)? Yes a bit abrupt especially the on site visit. Arranging installation (were we on time and on schedule) Excellent. Were we clean and tidy? Good but the windows were left uncleaned so difficult to check for scratches. VG at organising a company to deal

Fantastic aftercare service!

I had an installation of 4 doors in December 2018. During the cold snap in January this year the outside glass handle cracked. I contacted Sara in customer support and the handle was replaced free of charge by Liam and Alf who did the job quickly and professionally. They also checked that all the doors

Bernard Perry
Bernard

Mr W @ elm Park road London N3

Just a note to let you know how delighted we are with the sliding folding glazed panels installed by your firm at the rear of our house. Friends come into our kitchen now and are just amazed at how the same space has been transformed and opened up, simply by the addition of your glazed

The best doors ever!!

We have had our corner installation for about 2 years now and they are the biggest wow factor of the house (the view’s not too bad either😊). The summer is great with truly indoor/outdoor living. The biggest surprise has been the amazing aftercare we’ve received from FGC. They are so patient as it’s often a

Charlotte Doyle
Charlotte

Mr M W

We had been looking for ages for the solution to fill two large spaces leading from the house to our new Orangery. From the moment Gary showed us the product at Partridge Farm we knew it was just what we wanted. A year later and we are still delighted. We broke one of the glass

Mr C R

How did we advise you on first contact? I was constructing a new extension and FGC were very helpful and understanding of the nature of the project. Updates to the original design (like addition of an extra door) were accomodated easily and efficiently Installation – were the installers polite and did they clean and tidy

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!

Published on August 22, 2015

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