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Should bifolding doors open in or out?

If you are thinking about having new bifolding doors in your home, one of the things you will need to consider is whether your bifolding doors should open in or out.

Our frameless slide and fold doors are designed to offer you far more options than conventional doors. We know that every home is different in its style and design, the number of doors leading to the outside and how you use it. Frameless slide and fold doors are therefore an excellent way to open up your living spaces when you need to while letting in far more light than conventional aluminium doors and give you a fantastic open aspect to the outside.

Should bifolding doors open in or out? Some Tips and Advice.

should bifolding doors open in or out? tips and advice

To help you decide between an opening in or opening out door, there are a number of considerations.

  • Where will you fit your new slide and fold doors?

Whether your doors open in or out can depend on where you fit them and what the function of the room is. For example, if your new slide and fold doors are in your dining room, your furniture may determine whether there is enough space inside for them to open inwards.

  • How often will you use your new folding doors?

Some properties only have one door leading out into their garden. Many homeowners use the rear door to let pets out, take the rubbish or your washing out or for access to the side path of the house. If you use your rear doors frequently, we recommend a door set with a traffic door and a door that opens outwards as you will find this more convenient in daily use.

Another benefit of an opening out door is that should it be raining heavily outside and you need to open the door, the wet door will drip water to the outside, not inside your house.

  • How big is your outside space?

We frequently fit our frameless slide and fold doors opening outwards onto large gardens. If you are not restricted by the size of your patio, decking area or garden, opening out doors are ideal.

If you have a smaller garden, and the inside space allows, consider opening in doors. You may find the opening in folding doors better for not encroaching on a small patio area, garden or balcony. If you have young children that often play in the garden, it is worth considering whether doors folded outwards will get in the way of the available space your kids play in.

Finally, if your doors open straight out onto a pathway, opening in doors may be the better solution for not blocking the path.

Frameless slide and fold doors with flexible opening options.

Our doors are designed so you can choose whether they open in or out. We have also designed doors for clients where the lead door opens in, and the remaining panels slide and fold out. That is the flexibility of our design that does not restrict your options in the way that conventional bifolding doors can.

If you would like more information about our doors and to see how they have been installed in many different types of homes, contact us today.

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Danny B.
Danny B.
10:39 14 Aug 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!!
d.w.horne
d.w.horne
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
Fantastic product fitted by professional abs friendly staff.
Chrissie B.
Chrissie B.
17:07 05 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
The quality of the product and the care taken in design and fitting is excellent. Really pleased with the finish and the service throughout. Excellent value.
Ken K.
Ken K.
09:37 21 Apr 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
We love our new kitchen windows fitted by FGC - we particularly chose them for their slim frames. Their service has been excellent throughout, including on a recent maintenance item. We would highly recommend them.
Tica C.
Tica C.
13:21 13 Feb 21
Excellent product fitted by professional and friendly staff. Would absolutely recommend.
Bernadette C.
Bernadette C.
14:59 10 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
so pleased with the first class service we received from the first phone call to the installation I would highly recommend FGC !
Chris S.
Chris S.
15:47 12 Oct 17

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Just to thank you for great service, it exceeds expectations and is really appreciated. Please circulate around your team and particular thanks to the two guys who completed the work professionally and represented your company very well. Thanks again Reg Ford

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Reg

A great job

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Delighted with the windows – they make our kitchen so much lighter and are a joy to use.
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Many thanks for your prompt attention to our problem. As before, your fitters were punctual, friendly and efficient. A credit to your company.

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MIKE LEVERS, Hove

Installation of four double-glazed doors, internal to a large bay window arrangement, top floor flat. Initial contact was by email and a quote came back within a couple of days. More than can be said for some of the other companies we contacted about similar products. We visited the factory for a demonstration and were

1st Church of Christ Science, Claygate

We are delighted with the glass doors and so grateful that completion was before Christmas! We would be happy for anyone to come and see the installation and would recommend your company as polite, efficient and totally professional. 20150218

MF

We are absolutely delighted with the doors, they are so classy and modern. Paul (FGC) was excellent and knew his job. The workmanship is superb. All our friends and family think they are fantastic. Thank you once again. 20150113

Couldn’t be happier with the product.

Couldn’t be happier.

Jon Roberts

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

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

Frameless Glass Curtains

I am very happy with the installed doors. The fitters did an excellent job. They arrived on time, were polite and helpful, and went through all of the relevant information with myself and my wife.
They also cleaned the windows at the end of the installation.

David Thurston
David

Wonderful

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Susan Summersby
Mrs Paignton

Published on July 9, 2017

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