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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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15:13 09 Mar 22
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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.
Matt G.
14:12 10 Jun 21
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David W H.
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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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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.
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17:45 20 May 21
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12:29 05 May 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.
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12:15 13 Apr 21
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Published on September 9, 2015

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