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How do frameless glass doors work?

There are a great many bifolding doors on the market and each of these are designed around the sliding and folding door hardware. It is the door hardware that enables bifolding doors to slide and fold.  Today’s modern bifolding doors are all well designed products that not only offer long guarantees and great quality but also doors that are secure, weather resistant and long lasting.

In this article we feature on the hardware found in bifolding doors and look at how frameless glass doors differ.

Hardware found on a conventional bifolding door.

showing how the track on frameless glass doors works
A conventional folding door features visible hardware, especially at the bottom.

Study a conventional bifolding door of the best quality and there are three items of hardware that are visible. These are.

The top guides and bottom running gear. At the top of the bifolds you’ll see a guide that holds the tops of the doors in place. At the bottom of the doors are the rollers, guides and other components that enable the doors to slide and fold.

The intermediate door handles. These are the handles situated on the connecting leaves. The function of these handles is to either unlock the other leaves of the doors as well as giving you a handle to pull the doors closed into the frame.

The flush bolt locking Conventional bifolding doors feature the main multi point lock as well as the intermediate locking for the other doors. Typically you’ll see a swivel handle above or below the intermediate door handle.

The door hinges. Conventional bifolding doors have all the levels connected together by door hinges. It is these hinges in conjunction with the running gear that enables a conventional folding door to concertina back and fold to the one side.

Frameless bifolding door have all the features but none of the bulk.

10mm Frameless Single Glazed Internal Doors Solihull

Depending on the door systems you’re looking at some of the hardware mentioned above will either be intrusive or discreet. Our own AluK aluminium folding doors feature this commonly used hardware. However our own intermediate handles as one example are a unique T shaped pop out handle that serves a double function of locking the doors as well as pulling them to the frame to close.

However look at our frameless doors and you’ll notice how all the hardware is concealed. Other than the main lock and our glass handles there is no other visible hardware.

The result is much cleaner lines, a sleeker door and one that is arguably more pleasing to the eye. This concealed hardware is a result of our clever frameless design and the way each door is designed to lock into place without visible handles and flush bolts.

Our frameless glass doors we believe offer you greater scope in how you use your doors, greater functionality, more options for ventilation and greater choice. These features won’t be found even on the best quality and best designed conventional framed and hinged bifolding doors.

All our door hardware and gearing is cleverly concealed giving you a better appearance. Every door set still has a hinged master leaf or traffic door. For ventilation this means that you don’t have to open the rest of the doors to create air flow. You can simply open the master leaf and then slide the other panels along as you wish to give you partial or full ventilation.

When you want to open your frameless glass doors, simply open the master door, slide the other panels towards it and then swing them into place.

Other operational advantages to frameless glass doors.

We believe the unique slide and fold nature of our doors can also offer other benefits.

Our doors are fully bottom running. This means that all the weight is taken up by the aluminium threshold at the bottom of the doors. Adjustment is simpler and easier with our doors.

There are no weight bearing hinges. This means its unlikely individual panels can drop meaning less call-backs and service calls.

As our doors are made around the glass rather than being glazed after installation, this also means that there is no risk of a poorly glazed door failing after the initial installation.

In the unlikely event of service work in the future, our doors mean only the individual panel can be removed rather than the entire set of connected door leaves. This makes work easier, more convenient for you and easier to solve.

Want to find out more? Contact us today.

We welcome the opportunity to either demonstrate our doors in person or provide you with further information. Contact us today and let us show you the latest generation in frameless glass bifolding doors.

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What our customers say

Style Builders, South Croydon

Your fitters were on time on site and I managed to speak with them before they started. They were very helpful and offered me a solution for a small problem we had regarding the level of the bottom track, I was impressed that we found the best solution and they agreed to proceed with the

Very please with the result.

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

Mr H, Wales

Exceeds expectations

Just to thank you for great service, it exceeds expectations and is really appreciated. Please circulate around your team and particular thanks to the two guys who completed the work professionally and represented your company very well. Thanks again Reg Ford

Reg Ford
Reg

Highly Recommend both the doors and the service

Q. As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)? A. Yes, very polite and helpful when I called / emailed.   Q. Arranging installation (were we on time and on schedule) A.Yes, the surveyor was informative and on time. Q. Were we clean and tidy? A. I was not onsite when it

Brilliant After Installation Service

Our FGC sliding doors were installed in May 2018.
Although we have had two relatively minor problems – neither of which stopped the doors from working – FGC have attended very promptly to carry out remedial action.
Excellent customer service from head office and excellent service from install technicians.
Many visitors comment

Nick Medlam
Medlam

Looks fantastic!

I am really impressed with the finished product and service e provided by FGC.
I had an image in my mind of how I wanted the end result to look. The “invisible” glassing was the most difficult and important part to source.
FGC came through with flying colours, right from the initial contact,

David, Surrey

An underestimated product

After visiting a NT stately home which had a glass porch entry I asked fgc to see if they could do one for us. I had the vestiges of a porch with brick sides but no front. The installation made the entrance a feature which is declared up market and interesting. It is a halfway

Professor Eaton
Professor

Excellent

A great product from a great company. Friendly and efficient service from day one.

Ian Greenfield
Ian G

I am very happy with the doors

I am very happy with the doors – I saw them last night after work – though I didn’t open them as I wanted to make sure I followed the installers’ instructions not to. They look wonderful and my boyfriend and mum tell me they were absolutely lovely chaps. The finish seems brilliant and appears to

Happy with all your support

The bottom line, I am happy with all your support to get me the financial support for this project.  Without your help the project would not have been realised.

Bashir
Bashire in Cambridge

Professional and Efficient

We had FGC doors and windows installed in our house in May 2019. From our initial enquiry through to installation everything was handled very professionally and with attention to detail. The doors and windows themselves are excellent quality and definitely enhance the house. The fitters who carried out the original installation were very good and

Geoff Radford
Geoff

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

Published on March 9, 2016

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