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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

Mr H B @ Kingston

I am absolutely thrilled with the finished result. You were straightforward to deal with and visiting your site was appreciated. You gave clear statements regarding specification and developed the product to meet our needs. Installation was at the agreed time and there was reassuring and prompt follow-up as the new design needed refining. The product

Excellent windows!!!!

We have patio doors and a large matching picture window, these are well designed, manufactured and installed and are noticed and acknowledged by all visitors to our house. The customer service is also excellent so highly recommend these products and company.

Phillip Coutts
Phil

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

Work ethic simply cannot be doubted

Can I also thank your fitting team for turning out in atrocious weather that day, their work ethic simply cannot be doubted, please pass on our thanks to them and everyone involved for the service we have received. The doors look fantastic and we hope to add a third set, perhaps later this year.  

Mr and Mrs W

Great post installation service

In addition to the quality of the product – which is stunning, and head an shoulders above anything else on the market – the ongoing support and maintenance is impressive. I had a small issue with the doors recently and their maintenance team came back within 48 hours to resolve everything whilst giving the doors

Richard Crowley
Richard

S. Harrison

As to how we were from initial contact (were we polite)? Adrian was very passionate about the product and did a good job in promoting it. We were very impressed with the factory visit to see process from start to finish. Always found Adrian very helpful and communicative throughout the process. Arranging installation (were we

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

Mr C R

How did we advise you on first contact? I was constructing a new extension and FGC were very helpful and understanding of the nature of the project. Updates to the original design (like addition of an extra door) were accomodated easily and efficiently Installation – were the installers polite and did they clean and tidy

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

Mr M B @ Praa Sands, Cornwall

We wanted to connect two room – a ‘sun room’ and living room -by replacing a large window with some glass doors. We contacted local suppliers and Googled ‘glass partitions’. Local suppliers weren’t much help, however the Google came up with just what we wanted – frameless glass doors. We contacted Gary for a price.

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

Our Frameless Glass walls

Putting a frameless glass walls between our South facing lounge and dining room conservatories was one of the best things we have ever done in our house. When shut, they keep out the cold in winter and, most importantly, the heat on very hot summer days. When open during sunny winter days, the heat warms

Heather Glasgow
Heather

Published on January 12, 2017

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