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How frameless bifold doors open and close?

Frameless glass bifolding doors look and work in a different way to a regular aluminium bifolding door. Customers often ask us how frameless bifold doors open, and whether they are different to conventional bifold doors.

To help you understand the key visual and operational differences between a frameless bifolding door and a standard aluminium folding door, we explain how each of these products looks and operates.

Frameless bifolding doors offer virtually no visible hardware.

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One of the first things you will notice about a frameless bifold is the lack of visible hardware. Compare a regular door to a frameless door, and you will notice that apart from the main door handles, a frameless bifold does not show any of the key components that enable these sophisticated doors to slide and fold.

Componentry differs on a conventional aluminium bifold door as well. Often you will often see the running gear, wheels and other components visible at the bottom of the doors. Look at the top, and you will also see the guides in the top frame. Finally, you will see two or three visible hinges per leaf connecting each door panel. You will also see the folding leaves fitted with a pull handle and a locking lever as well.

Opening and closing frameless bifolding doors.

Our single and double glazed frameless bifolding doors operate with a turn and fold or swing and fold operation. From the fully closed position the procedure to fully open and fold the doors is simple.

  1. Unlock and swing open the master door using the pull handle fitted.
  2. The master door will hinge open in the 90-degree position.
  3. Each of the remaining doors then slides along to their stop position. At this point, it can be swung open to the same position as the master door.
  4. Repeat this process for each of the remaining door panels until all are stacked open.
  5. Reverse the procedure to close the doors.

Opening and closing aluminium bifolding doors.

With a full framed aluminium bifold, there are more unlocking operations involved depending on how many leaves the doors have and how the master leaves, if provided, are configured.

To unlock hinged folding doors, the main access or locking leaf needs to be opened and then swung open. Following this, all the remaining intermediate leaves must also be unlocked with the handles provided.

Depending upon whether the doors open inwards or outwards, the doors are opened ajar. You then go to the end panel and slide the doors to their folding position, or you can use the internal handles to open each section at a time.

If the doors open in both directions, the same procedure applies on each side.

Frameless bi-folding doors offer more flexibility than other bifolds.

There are several advantages in how a frameless bifolding door opens with each leaf being independent.

  1. Partial ventilation is possible with having each leaf provide air gaps.
  2. No doors are left ajar if you do not want to open the doors fully.
  3. Frameless doors let you have more control over how many leaves you slide and fold.
  4. When fully stacked open, frameless bifolding doors take up 50% less space than regular bifolding doors.

If you would like a demonstration of how our doors slide and fold, contact us today and visit our showroom or our demonstration doors around the UK.

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Frameless Glass Curtains have few competitors so they could take a lacked approach to their work. However, that is not the case. We have had a porch installed in a space that was not square or aligned. The service from survey to finish has been above standard. Barry’s attention to detail and determination that the work would not be complete until his high standards were met was much appreciated. The communication from the admin side was clear and helpful. So all in all we will be using Frameless Glass again and have no hesitation in recommending them.
D J
D J
14:43 14 Apr 22
Highly competent office and site staff, great product and at a fair price. Couldn't be happier with the entire experience and end result.
paul R.
paul R.
17:07 29 Mar 22
From the beginning to the end, everyone at FGC have been amazing. I knew straight away that the glazing FGC would provide and install would be spectacular and how right that was! The FGC glazing allows our Edwardian stained glass door to still be a main feature and in fact it shows it off perfectly. We are so happy with the end result and can’t praise FGC highly enough, somehow 5 stars doesn’t seem to be high enough.
vanessa C.
vanessa C.
20:41 14 Mar 22
Their windows are second to none. No other company in Germany, UK or anywhere else can produce such a fabulous product.Any issues that has come up, they always come & fix it. The staff are so nice and polite. For a small company they do really a great job over all. The main things are the frameless bifolds that you hardly have any frame in the line of vision and there is a 5 years guarantee. Mr & Mrs Jahedi
Zorè
Zorè
15:13 09 Mar 22
Delighted with our new frameless glass doors. Had lots of lovely comments, even all the trades who have been working on our house have said they've not seen anything like them. Great having something a little unusual. The quality of the doors is of a very high standard. The service from FGC has been very good too, from ordering through to installation. All went very smoothly with no problems. Paid a bit more than regular bifolds, but worth every penny. Best decision, no regrets at all.
Fiona G.
Fiona G.
15:57 06 Feb 22
Very happy with our installation
Jayne N.
Jayne N.
17:36 03 Feb 22
Great service and very welcoming for my father and I. Adrian in particular was very efficient, gave great pertinent advice and guidance on my future purchase!
Andrew H.
Andrew H.
21:45 17 Jan 22
Excellent in all aspects from initial viewing in showroom to actual installation.
Des P.
Des P.
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.
Tony
Tony
08:03 09 Nov 21
Great company with excellent, friendly and responsive service, the guys were helpful and efficient with the installation and the slide and turn doors are a fantastic product.
Arun S.
Arun S.
16:52 23 Oct 21
Excellent service from start to finish, from sales/admin to site survey to installation. Good communication throughout, very friendly staff and the Frameless Glass Curtains are a serious piece of kit. Quality materials, unique design and look stunning. Thoroughly recommended.
Roger H.
Roger H.
07:56 12 Aug 21
Fantastic service from start to finish, from the surveying, contact with office to the workmen. I have experience through work of a number of companies providing similar products and these guys have been by far the best to deal with
Matt G.
Matt G.
14:12 10 Jun 21
FGC installed a two-panel frameless glass door at our property yesterday. Wow!! the installation is exactly as discussed, and was carried out by two of FGC's team members who were so professional and courteous. They were excellent, and we have no hesitation in recommending FGC and their team to anyone considering such an installation.We are delighted with the installation, and very pleased we chose FGC.Well done FGC!!
David W H.
David W H.
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.
Border S.
16:19 28 May 21
From start to finish everything was excellent.Fab u lasThank you
Stephen H.
Stephen H.
20:09 27 May 21
BRILLIANT SERVICE FROM START TO FINISHHighly recommended.
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.
Nathan P.
Nathan P.
17:45 20 May 21
I love my doors! It’s transformed my place. The people are great, no nonsense, organised and efficient. I’d recommend them to anyone
Darius C.
Darius C.
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.
Adrian W.
Adrian W.
12:15 13 Apr 21
We had a 5m stretch of these wonderful doors installed several years ago and have been very happy with the uninterrupted view of the garden that they allow from the living room. They are admired by every tradesman who sees them. A minor problem we experienced with water ingress last year was promptly and effectively resolved, and the doors were serviced for free at the same time.
Ian J.
Ian J.
15:06 26 Feb 21
Great staff and great products! Have visited the showroom to view doors, really loved all of them! Have referred to a friend - Can't recommend enough
Elly B
Elly B
14:53 22 Sep 20
Really great doors. Really are something different. Expensive, but you really pay for what you get here.
Adam F.
Adam F.
12:56 10 Aug 19
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What our customers say

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 S & Mrs M – Leatherhead

Initial contact
FGC were very informative over the phone and were quick to arrange an appointment for us to see the doors at their showroom. They also gave a number of contacts for us to visit to view existing installations. Installation
FGC installers arrived on time and completed the installation quickly and tidily.

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

Customer Service

I contacted FGC to try and marry up a few weather strips to replace old one’s which I have already fitted on glass curtains. The glass curtains were not supplied by FGC and the company who supplied them, when asked for replacement weather strips just said “we no longer have these in stock and not

Michael Hobby
Mike

Achieving exactly what we wanted

We are delighted with the end-resulting porch and it is achieving exactly what we wanted from it. We have also had several very positive comments from visitors, etc – which is very gratifying. We have also been impressed with the attitude and approach of all the company employees we have met.

Mr & Mrs White
Mr & Mrs White - Staffs

Great product, beautiful & add value to the house

FGC built my frameless porch as per the attached photo. The work was carried on time by their professional fitters. The quality of their work is outstanding. Nothing was overlooked and the final product was

Bashir Saoudi
Bashirr

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
Pearspring

Summerfield

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)?
Initial emails were very prompt, informative and positive and yes polite. Keen to accommodate our visit to the workshop and everyone very friendly.
Arranging installation (were we on time and on schedule)
Installation ahead of schedule and were on time on

What an Experience!

We were recommended to use FGC by our builder and one of us visited a client who had recently had his installation. We have been hampered with delays regarding our lounge where the doors were being installed so it was refreshing to have FGC arrive at 8am and be finsihed installing and waiting for a

Michelle Michael and Peter Angelides
Peter and Michelle

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

Brilliant Service

The service that we have received from FGC is exceptional – rapid response, punctual, clean & tidy work!

jayne scrimgeour
Jayne

Mr C, Bournmouth

The installer was excellent. In spite of being let down by another member of the team he got on with with the job in a positive manner. Disruption was kept to a minimum and he cleared and tidied up. He demonstrated how to use the doors, ensured I knew how to operate them and answered

Published on November 30, 2016

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