The frameless bifolding doors you see on this website are known as “pivoting Bi Folding doors“, this means that each leaf slides, pivots and then folds.
The alternative type of doors is the hinged bifolding door. Each type of opening action has its own unique features and it is up to you to decide whether a hinged or pivoting door will work best in your home.
More about pivoting bifolding doors
Our doors feature hardware that gives them their unique style of operation and of course enables them to be frameless as well. Is there a best type of opening action? We believe ours are superior by nature of their design and overall appearance.
However, in order to help you make an informed decision we explain how each type works.
Hinged bifolding doors
A typical full framed bifolding door will have doors connected to each other by hinges. Each leaf is connected to the other and upon releasing the locking mechanism these will fold in or out and then slide in the required direction.
You can easily recognise a hinged and fold door by the zig zag pattern they all have. Once all the leaves are released or unlocked, the connected leaves all slide together. Depending upon the number of leaves the doors possess, they will either all slide to one direction or with larger doors you may find half the leaves slide to the left and the other half to the right.
Sliding and Pivoting Doors
Doors such as those you see on this website are different. The first thing you will notice about our slide and pivot doors is that there are no visible hinges. Each door slides to its desired position and then folds either in or out. Another major difference is that unlike the connected doors ours are all independent leaves all operating as stand alone doors yet all come together brilliantly when fully opened.
Advantages of pivoting bifolding doors
The obvious and visible advantage to pivoting doors is that they are much slimmer as there are no visible hinges. Even the very best fully framed bifolding doors utilising the slimmest types of hinges will still have these visible. By nature of the door leaves not requiring any aluminium to bear the hinges in place means you can have frameless glass bifolding doors where all the doors meet in the closed position.
Taking our doors as an example, notice how we only use frame at the top and bottom of each door leaf and on the outer frame of the product. This lack of aluminium profile where many other types of door rely on it for strength and integrity is that in the fully open and stacked position our doors will take up significantly less space as well.
Finally, because pivoting and sliding bifolding doors work as independent leaves you have far more flexibility as to how you use your doors. For example, you can slide just one door leaf and then hinge it open to provide ventilation rather than having to open all your bifolding doors at the same time.
If you would like a demonstration of our outstanding frameless bifolding doors or a further explanation on the differences, please contact us.