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A Bifolding or Sliding Door? – Choose a Frameless Bifold

Torn between a new bifolding or sliding door for your home?  We suggest that you consider a Frameless Bifolding Door.

Only the unique slide and pivot opening action of a frameless bifolding glass door can provide you with the benefits of both a sliding door and a bifolding door.

The special way a frameless bifolding door slides and pivots is far better than a regular aluminium bifolding door and provides more advantages than a sliding patio door.  We also believe that they look cleaner, sharper and better.

Frameless glass doors – as good as a bifolding or sliding door.

Frameless Glass Patio Doors Oxford

Both bifolding doors and sliding patio doors have their advantages and compromises. A bifolding door is ideal for opening up an entire wall but in the closed position gives you many door panels and lots of visible aluminium.

A sliding patio door will give you lots of glass, better views and fewer visible mullions. However, unless the doors slide completely into a wall, you will only get 60% of the doors as a full opening to enjoy.

Frameless doors give you both the full structural opening and the lack of visible mullions. However, they also do more.

Frameless doors look better and work better than bifolding or patio doors.

One of the biggest trade-offs with an all-aluminium folding door is the amount of visible hardware.  If you are looking for doors that look clean and slick, the protruding prominent hardware on a regular door is very noticeable.

A bifolding door will show much more than a sliding door, where usually only the pull handles are in view.  Study a folding door carefully, and you’ll see several critical components inside and out that clutter up what is supposed to be a modern looking door.  Here is what components you will find visible on a folding door that you do not see on a frameless bifolding door.

Visible door hinges.

A conventional bifolding door needs two or three hinges that connect the panels to each other.

Some doors offer smaller hinges than others. Other bifolding door providers have tried to make the hinges more discreet by colour matching them. The other disadvantage of the hinges is that when the doors are folded back together, they can take up quite a lot of space.

Visible door magnets.

Regular bifolding doors use magnets to keep the doors together when fully folded back.

Some systems provide quite discreet (but weaker) magnets; others provide heavy metal ones in contrasting colours that stand out. Frameless glass doors do not rely on any face applied magnets to keep the doors together.  Each leaf is designed to stay open at 90 degrees when the doors are opened.

Visible pull handles and lever handles.

Any conventional bifolding door bigger than three panels needs extra intermediate handles. Each extra door leaf needs a lever handle and an additional pull handle. The lever handle is required to lock the middle leaves, and the D handles are used to pull the doors together before you can lock them.

All lever handles and D handles are different. Some are separate; some are combined, and some even have additional cylinders and keys. Frameless bifolding and sliding doors do not. There are no additional locking points required.

Visible rollers and guides.

Standard aluminium doors have visible running gear such as rollers and guides.  With some products, these can look very bulky indeed and are completely exposed.

Frameless glass doors rely on clever engineering with hidden hardware and other components enabling our doors to slide, turn and fold effortlessly.

Frameless glass doors have only one handle.

Study a frameless bifolding door, and the first thing you will notice is hardly any visible hardware. No hinges, no lever handles, no intermediate handles. In fact, the only handle a frameless glass door needs is the main handle that locks the traffic door.

The ingenious way our frameless glass doors are designed means you get all the security of a conventional aluminium bifolding door with none of the visible aluminium it needs to be secure and none of the additional hardware.

Best of all our frameless glass doors are tested to the latest security and weather standards providing protection and peace of mind.

By comparison, a patio door will be fitted with either one or two handles, but to lock and move such heavy doors often requires and large and bulky handle.

A bifolding door and a patio sliding door in one frameless door.

Our frameless bifolding doors give you no visible mullions, no visible hardware and the folding and sliding operation of both a bifolding door and a sliding patio door.

If you would like to see one of our doors in action or would like further information, please contact us.

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What our customers say

Gemma Alashe, Chiswick

In short, the product offered by Frameless Glass Curtains is nothing short of excellent. These frameless glass doors are a truly unique system that are really aesthetically pleasing and unlike any other product we could find on the market. The doors are very sleek and elegant and create real impact and wow factor. Our experience

Great Service

These guys are great initial installation was very rimely and efficient – the product ia fabulous and today we had a slight issue two years after inatallation and FGC came ‘next day at 7am’ and fixed the problem immediately real professional outfit – heartily recommend

Kevin O'Regan
Kevin

Mr A – Leavesden

With regards to feedback, the pre-sales advice and support from Adrian was excellent and we found it really valuable to visit the factory and see the demonstration doors. Furthermore, the installers were very professional, on time, polite, tidy, hard working and went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable operating the doors before

Stunning Glass Doors

FGC are an excellent family run business. They manufactured and fitted a stunning pair of glass doors for a private client which were complicated in design but FGC were keen and willing to help resolve all details successfully. Would highly recommend. Thank you.

Emma Farquharson
Emma F

We are extremely pleased with the doors

The installation of our new doors was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint. The fitters arrived on time on the agreed installation date. All waste was removed and the installation area was left clean and tidy. The fitters demonstrated the use of the system including future self maintenance which was very useful. We are extremely

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

Always Polite

Re delivery, there was an initial hope that you might be earlier than the 6-8 week lead time, but once that wasn’t going to happen, you gave us a date, and were then able to bring it forward a couple of days to fit around our holiday schedule, which was great.  Guys turned up at

Really Pleased

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)?   Very polite and attentive, always got back quickly with answers to queries but there was no hard sell which I really appreciated after being bombarded by calls and contacts from other companies!  The measuring up part seemed more complicated than it needed to

A Unique and Stylish System

There is no comparison between the usual bifold door products and the products provided by FGC. We visited FGC to see the manufacturing process and view their unique system. We were hooked, after a simple ordering process and site visit our 2 sets of replacement doors were fitted quickly and in a very professional manner.

Philip Hills
Phil - Kent

Delighted with the transformation

The Glass Curtains are all that you promised….and are much admired. We are delighted with the transformation to the dining area now that the decoration is complete. Will forward cheque by post tomorrow( Friday)  and some pictures by E . Don’t hesitate to use us as a satisfied customer!

Absolutely thrilled with the doors

We are absolutely thrilled with the doors and thank you all very much.
The service has been exemplary from the office to the surveyor to Mick & John fitting.
We would not hesitate to recommend you. Mr & Mrs N, Chelmsford

Mr and Mrs N

A Unique Sleek Product

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team at FGC for great communication and assistance throughout, and a top job in the installation process and of course in providing a unique sleek product. Mr M, Bournemouth

Mr M, Bournemouth

Published on January 12, 2017

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