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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

Excellent Service

We have had excellent service from our doors, but recently experienced a problem with the handle. FCG sent a team out promptly, they arrived early and fixed the problem to our entire satisfaction quickly, efficiently and politely. A really nice couple of guys and it is a great comfort that when things go wrong, as

Carole Low
Carole

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

Minor Problem Addressed

A strip of the furry trim at the top of the frame that the doors run on had come loose. On the one hand the sort of thing that one could have a go at fixing; on the other hand having witnessed the care and attention the FGC installation team do their work; I thought

Shindi Poonia
Shindi

Mr & Mrs V, London

We are delighted with our FGC doors even though the construction of the room is still not yet completed – friends and family visiting our new Garden Room are all commenting vey positively on how amazing the doors look. With the beautiful summer we are having, it is a real pleasure to be able to

It is fabulous

Thank you.  It is fabulous  

J Comley (Margate)
J Comley (Margate)

MR VH, Essex

The service I received from FGC was professional and prompt from the initial on site survey through to installation and completion. Added to this the finished product has exceeded my expectations. It has enhanced my home with style and individuality, and enabled me to make use of the space in a way that is ‘unique’.

Glass Curtains

Had to call FGC to come and undertake first maintenance visit of 5m curtain installation from 2013. Excellent friendly service and all seals repaired within an hour. Learnt need to silicone spray the seals as well as the floor track. Been a great purchase and very pleased.

simon ellis
Simon E

After sales

Delighted with the windows – they make our kitchen so much lighter and are a joy to use.
Two teething problems since installation have been dealt with promptly and efficiently by FGC at no charge.
Definitely recommend them to all.

John Holland
Johnny

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

Great Service

We had a problem we discovered yesterday -wrote an email Sunday-got a reply Sunday that the engineer would be with us at 7.0am this morning monday!
And he was!- as usual Liam was there on the dot. As a businessman myself I know the importance of great service and great Staff .
Couple

andrew scrimgeour
Drew

Look Great and Slide Beautifully

As it happens, we are still sadly not in the house. We should be however at the end of February which will be great! I can however pretty much respond to the below as I have been able to test the doors. 1. Your performance was excellent from what has been reported by the builders.

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

Published on January 12, 2017

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