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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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What our customers say

A great job

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

Mr & Mrs A @ Poole

Delighted with the new doors – they have exceeded our expectations. Customer service from initial contact to installation was excellent. Staff are professional, helpful and friendly. Would recommend.   We would like to be on your list of completed installations as viewing the doors at Weymouth was so helpful in making the decision to order

Mr JR

We have had these doors for several months now and are very pleased with them. Our initial contact with the company was very positive, the structure and operation of the doors clearly explained. The installation was carried out very efficiently with no disruption and the installers were friendly, their work clean and tidy. Our friends

It is fabulous

Thank you.  It is fabulous  

J Comley (Margate)
J Comley (Margate)

Very Pleased with the Freedom the Installation affords

We are very pleased with the freedom the installation affords us with easy access from lounge to dining room. Aesthetically the glass curtain installation is very pleasing. All appears well but we must point out the bottom bar is not firmly fixed in the channel in the floor & moves if one stands upon it.

Replacement doors

I had been looking for some time to replace my patio doors in our lounge as they had very wide plastic frames and wanted something that wouldn’t restrict the view up the garden I asked to see if it was possible to view some already installed close by. Luckily there was, we went and viewed

Paula Sanders
Paula

Very please with the result.

The door looks excellent and we’re very pleased with the result

Mr H, Wales

Look Great and Slide Beautifully

As it happens, we are still sadly not in the house. We should be however at the end of February which will be great! I can however pretty much respond to the below as I have been able to test the doors. 1. Your performance was excellent from what has been reported by the builders.

Three sided bay window

We used FGC to manufacture and install frameless glass doors on all three sides of a large terrace bay. The design was complex and required a flexible and innovative approach to their existing designs. The result was outstanding – clear uninterrupted views over the countryside and a flexible opening pattern which allows fresh air no

Jonathan Paine
JP

Unfailingly Helpful

It is a good time to say to you that while we still very much the windows, the ease of opening, the views closed or open, now that the weather has turned colder we have been struck quick dramatically by the improvement in insulation.  The large windows here that you/we have replaced were double glazed

No complaints at all

Feedback-wise all very good. No complaints at all. Not only would recommend but plan to buy another one in a year or two! Happy for you to put me down as a demo person and when the house(s) is finished you’d be welcome to have a video of the doors opening / closing as you

A FIRST CLASS JOB FROM A FIRST CLASS COMPANY

From contacting FGC for a quote to having them installed was seamless.
We were kept informed every step of the way and installation was earlier than quoted when we paid our deposit. On the day Mick and his team installed the doors talking us through each step and left our house and patio cleaner

Tony Hobbs
Tony

Published on September 9, 2015

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