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Should you install your own bifolding doors?

As bifolding doors have gained popularity in recent years the various budget options available have also increased.

It is now relatively commonplace to see cheap bifolding doors available in Wickes and other DIY outlets enabling you to have a new bifolding door at a very competitive price.

If you are considering the DIY option on bifolding doors, we offer you some useful information and advice to ensure you make an informed choice.

What’s involved if you decide to install your own bifolding doors?

It is very important to remember that a bifolding door is nothing like a sliding door or a typical entrance or French door.

Complex hardware, clever design and engineering all go to make a quality bifolding door.

Fitted correctly and by a professional trained installer, your bifolding doors will give you man-years of reliable service.

However there is one other very important factor to consider. Your typical bifolding door is often taller and definitely wider than virtually all French Doors and most patio doors. Therefore the right installation is absolutely essential on a door that spans such a wide opening. This is where most bifolding doors will fail when the installation has not been exact.

With most standard doors and windows if the installation is not 100% exact it won’t affect the long term performance of the window. With bifolding doors it will. The nature of how bifolding doors slide, swing or fold means that everything has to be precise, accurate and correct in their installation.

Things to consider before installing your own bifolding doors.

We know all too well that a high quality bifolding door is not cheap. It is to be expected that some homeowners may with to save money by fitting their own doors as a DIY project.

Obvious cost savings include not having to have the doors surveyed by a professional surveyor, avoiding paying for fitting charges and looking to save money by buying doors direct from a trade counter or other trade supplier.

The survey is just as important as the installation. Whilst a professional builder will do his very best to create a square and true new opening for your doors, our experience tells us that on a large span such as a five or six metre bifolding door aperture this is not always the case.

A professional surveyor can take into account any tolerances or irregularities in your structural opening and ensure that your new doors are made to accommodate these. Our experience tells us that even a 5mm difference in a structural opening can cause doors not to fit and not work properly.

It is absolutely essential that bifolding doors are fitted and glazed by professional installers that are property trained.

Why you should use a professional bifolding door company.

In our view and especially for bifolding doors the risks of DIY installation without proper training and skills can outweigh any perceived cost savings.

If you are considering fitting your own bifolding doors you may not exercise the skill or accuracy needed to ensure they perform faultlessly into the future.

You will also probably seek to find installation instruction on the internet. If this is the case it is important to know that there are dozens of bifolding door makes on the market. None of these doors are identical in how they are fitted or glazed.

Therefore unless you know what “system” your bifolding door is, any fitting instructions or videos you see online are unlikely to be relevant to the door you have purchased yourselves.

Therefore if you are in the market for new bifolding doors, talk to us and let us help you decide whether the DIY option is right for you.

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14:12 10 Jun 21
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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.
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

The glazing is stunning

The whole experience with FGC has been really positive from the visit to the factory to the final installation. The glazing is stunning.  Highly recommended.

Julie
Julie in Surrey

Small maintenance issue

We had a small issue with the opening door, we contacted FGC and they arranged for a team to come. They sorted the issue very quickly then cleaned the runners and door seals, fully tested the operation of the doors and carried an additional mod on the door handle. All done and dusted with an

Keith Delderfield
Keith and Di

Chartered Building Surveyor I was impressed with the installers

I would like to reiterate that we are very pleased with our new FGC doors. As a Chartered Building Surveyor I was impressed with the installers who were careful, methodical and very professional my wife who is most particular was also very impressed with their cleanliness. I am sure we will get many years of

A big thank you

Hi Sara Just to day a big thank you for relating the doors the guys did a great job I had to leave them to it as I was in London Regards Melissa

Mellissa

Very pleased with the glass

Very pleased with the glass curtain doors which you supplied on time
and installed very quickly. Great product that really enhances the room

Brian Berg
Brian Berg

STUNNING!

FGC patio doors have replaced Georgian windows overlooking my garden, bringing the outdoors into my upper ground living room all year round. Opening out onto a balcony with steps down to the garden, they’ve transformed the whole flat. Elegant and easy to use, they also let in loads more light and keep out far more

Tessa Evelegh
Tessa

Mr A – Leavesden

With regards to feedback, the pre-sales advice and support from Adrian was excellent and we found it really valuable to visit the factory and see the demonstration doors. Furthermore, the installers were very professional, on time, polite, tidy, hard working and went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable operating the doors before

Very pleased and would definitely recommend

FGC have been fantastic, from my email enquiry, always very helpful and quick to respond. On time and on schedule.  Very pleased and would definitely recommend.   English Rose Estates (Great Ormond Street) 20150922

Work ethic simply cannot be doubted

Can I also thank your fitting team for turning out in atrocious weather that day, their work ethic simply cannot be doubted, please pass on our thanks to them and everyone involved for the service we have received. The doors look fantastic and we hope to add a third set, perhaps later this year.  

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Mr R D @ Stowmarket

We are pleased with the service, and the quality of finish so far, I look forward to seeing how they look after a few months. My only issues was the timings and delays, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you and indeed have already a few times or use you again. 20150113

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

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

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Published on September 9, 2015

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