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Tips and advice for choosing bifolding doors

If you’re one of the many people that have already had a bifolding door installed in the home, you’ll appreciate the benefits that these doors bring.

If you’re currently considering new doors, we would like to offer you some tips and advice on what you should consider. Importantly we also give some useful insights about bifolding doors and where frameless glass doors can offer advantages.

The benefits of folding doors.

Our doors side by side offer a much more sleek appearance.

Thanks to its concertina design a bifolding door is one of those fantastic products that can instantly transform from a glass wall to an open space with none of the bulk associated with French doors.

By having a new frameless bifolding door fitted you’ll instantly bring the outside in whether the doors are open or closed. In the summer months with the doors open, your outside space instantly becomes an extra room in the home.

Your new bifolding doors will be closed most of the year. But even when closed, you’ll have lots of natural light thanks to bifolding doors being possible wider and taller than standard swing doors.

So overall a bifolding door can add a real wow factor to the home. There are a great many door systems available including our own unique frameless doors. So how do you go about finding the right doors for you?

Quality is standard with many bifolding door systems.

It’s important to know that modern bifolding door products might all vary, but generally they all meet or exceed the established industry standards for weather performance, security and thermal efficiency. Some obviously perform better than others but it’s rare to find substandard products on the market. What you’ll need to look at are the various aesthetic, performance and other features of bifolding doors and hopefully come to an informed choice.

Most of the doors you’ll see are well engineered, light in operation and offer good levels of security.

Create a feeling of space with bifolding doors.

Even if you live in a smaller home a bifolding door can give an illusion of more space. Obviously our own frameless glass doors have substantially less framing than fully framed aluminium bifolds and enhance this feeling of space and light still further.

Even if you only have a small garden, patio area or terrace, you’ll find a bifolding door draws the eye much further than a conventional door making your home feel larger and with a more airy feel.

Aluminium is the best material for bifolding doors.

In doing your research, you’ll find aluminium bifolding doors are available in pvcu, aluminium and wood. You’ll sometimes see a combination of aluminium and wood as well called hybrid systems.

These modern systems are great and well worth looking at. However, once you’ve seen the quality fully framed aluminium doors, pay us a visit and have a look at our frameless doors. You’ll instantly notice the much larger glass area, the cleaner lines when the doors are closed and how they differ from conventional bifolds.

Consider the colour of your bifolding doors.

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Grey is a very popular colour with bifolding doors as are varying shades of the grey, black, white and over 150 other colours to choose from.

The colour you choose will really depend upon your own property and whether you want your doors to stand out or blend into the property. Perhaps you already have PVCu or aluminium windows installed in the popular white colour. Some homes will work better with matching colour doors, others look great with a bolder colour.

There is substantial colour choice with bifolding doors in aluminium which far exceeds whats available in PVCu as an example.

Consider corner folding doors.

If you’re presently designing a new extension for the home, talk to us about having a corner folding door arrangement. This is where you have two sets of doors that meet on the corner and when opened, this corner section is removable. There are structural considerations involved with this but nothing too complicated that a good engineer or builder could not advise you on.

Generally a cantilevered steel section and a well built extension can enable you to have corner folding doors. These in the open position create a stunning feature and open aspect in the home and are well worth considering.

How much space will open folding doors require?

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When planning your bifolding doors it’s important to look at the space they’ll take up in the open position. Folding doors are available in options that all fold to one side or split in the middle to fold both sides. Your local bifolding door provider should be able to give you the right advice on this depending upon your requirements, how many folding panels you’ll need and your home in general.

It is when folding doors are opened back that our own frameless doors come into their own. With our doors being so slim and thin they take up a marginal amount of space when folded back. Each of our panels is only 45mm thick which is less than half of other systems. This means that on a typical 4 leaf door less than 200mm space is required when the doors are stacked. Conventional doors can take up up to 500mm depending on the system.

We urge you to compare our doors with the full framed variety and this important detail will become apparent.

This detail can present an issue with other bifolds. For example a five or six pane aluminium door can take up a substantial amount of space when open and can even block your view. So your options are to either have less leaves or a smaller door. With our frameless glass doors there isn’t this restriction on space taken up by open doors.

Consider the British Weather.

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The popularity of the bifolding door in the UK has very much taken everyone by surprise given the British weather. You would think that these doors would only be popular in warmer climates, yet bifolding door sales continue to grow year on year.

It’s important to consider that your doors will be shut most of the year. When comparing other systems have a look at the visible metal where the doors meet. The more door panels you have the more visible aluminium or PVCu you’ll see.

If you really care about how big the view is from your doors you may find sliding patio doors better. With sliding patio doors these are possible with very large panes of glass and won’t give you that vertical sight line of frame when the doors are shut.

But if you really want the best of both worlds our frameless glass doors offer the solution. With no vertical members at all the provide a far better outlook than conventional doors. Better still our doors can be made wider per panel than the leading full framed aluminium versions.

Contact your local bifolding door experts.

At FGC, we have many years experience in the specialist manufacture and installation of folding doors.  Unlike many other installers, we make all our own products that we’ve installed in many different types of homes.  In all of these we have provided a real wow factor for our customers and can help you achieve the very best from your home or new extension. Contact us today for a free consultation and no obligation quotation.

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What our customers say

Courtesy and Efficiency

Somewhat belatedly may I thank your team for your no quibble, courtesy and efficiency in fixing the problem with my door. All down here are most impressed! Thank you for your input into all this. MBH, Essex

MBH, Essex

Cheerful with a ‘can do’ attitude

FGC fitters Mick and Baz arrived at 0754hr ready to begin work. They were polite, helpful and fitted in seamlessly with the existing project team responsible for the restoration of this significant village property. The boys worked without fuss, cheerful with a ‘can do’ attitude taking the time to explain the system as they fitted

Shindi Poonia
Shindi

Excellent product and great service

I am delighted to have found FGC online! I installed their glass curtain between my office and the kitchen/living room area. It looks fabulous! Easy to use and can be locked.
I visited the factory and it looks smart and professional. All communication has been fast and also very professional. Will definitely use again!

Lilia Severina
Lilia

A great installation

“Thank you again for a great installation, we are really enjoying the extra light.” I will be sending a load more images your way at some point today.

Mr T – Woking

Fantastic service

Great all-round service. From measuring, communication to installation.
Not a speck of dirt left in our shop (we are a retail space). Installed in no time at all, staff were very polite and friendly.
Very pleased. Finished door looks amazing.

A Springer
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Mr W @ Church Street Sutton Courtney Oxford

We had been dealing with a large commercial glass door supplier who were extremely slow and unable to meet our requirements for a large opening on our barn. I found your product on the website and came to see you at your farm. You came out the following week and the installation was completed with-in

Windows look amazing

 We were delighted with the service and standards from Frameless Glass Curtains – everyone at the Company responded really well and work was done on time with minimum of fuss. Workers were polite, did a great job and left everything clean afterwards – and the windows look amazing! We would certainly recommend Frameless Glass Curtains

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
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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

Mr & Mrs F @ lower road one house Stowmarket

From the time of our first visit to your premises we felt comfortable with your product. It was a product just as we had hoped and envisaged for our new kitchen extension – double glazed, frameless glass doors to cover a 7.310 meter opening ! Until then we were not sure if it was possible.

Hugely impressed by your level of service.

I just wanted to say that I remain hugely impressed by your level of service. The two chaps who came out to service our doors were once again marvellous.  They are very polite and clearly very skilled. It’s very easy these days to complain and sometimes it’s nice to pass on credit where it is

Frameless Glass Doors

This is a professional operation with excellent after sales care. Very refreshing

Richard Martin
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Published on February 26, 2016

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