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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 OxfordBoth 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.

What our customers say

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

Great Product and great service

I can not fault the FGC team and most importantly the doors! We love our new Frameless Glass Curtains. We had a few delays on our project and adjusting the install date was never any problem for FGC.
Couldn’t be happier!

Matt Hodgson
Matt H

Mr & Mrs M – Kingswood, Surrey

I am quite happy to recommend your company to any prospective clients. You have my contact details and you can pass them on if you wish. We are also happy to be on your list of completed installations.   The installation team were very good clean, tidy and polite.   It all started with our

Great aftercare

We had our doors fitted in 2015 and have been very pleased with them. As with most things there are times when an adjustment is required to the doors or in our case a door needing to be replaced as it had developed a problem with condensation. The company has been very good at resolving

Sunil Parekh
S Parekh

A sincere thank you to your installation team

We would like to say how pleased we are with our fabulous new FGC doors and conservatory.  We thought the transformation would be great, but it’s only once they’re in that we’ve been able to see the full glory of the design – and our view!  We’ve had all the making-good done now, taken off

Mr R

Mr E @ Elmwood lane Berwick on Elmet

On first contact you talked and demonstrated the unit, the installers were very polite, clean and tidy. I am very pleased with the product and I would recommend FGD to other people. 20150113

First class

We moved last year and wanted to maximise the view right through from the rear to the front of the building, overlooking the river. After much searching we found FGC, who installed internal glass doors between the rooms. FGC were very efficient and although we are in the North they sorted out a subsequent small

Simon Ely
Simon

Ms A @ Earlsfield road London SW18

frameless glass doors invited me to their workshop to view the glass curtains for myself, and to show me how they were made. Installation was clean and tidy. When they say they are going to turn up, they do, and are always on time.The product looks great. It really does make the refurb seem complete,

Thank you for a brilliant product

Thank you for a brilliant product I am so glad I chose FGC for my windows/doors everybody who sees them is so impressed by them but mostly my wife and myself!
Thanks again [and your team] Best regards
Brian 20160927

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

Replacement doors

I had been looking for some time to replace my patio doors in our lounge as they had very wide plastic frames and wanted something that wouldn’t restrict the view up the garden I asked to see if it was possible to view some already installed close by. Luckily there was, we went and viewed

Paula Sanders
Paula

Excellent

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

Ian Greenfield
Ian G

Published on January 12, 2017

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