At FGC, we specialise in frameless bifolding doors, frameless porches, entrance doors, balustrades and other types of glazing. The range of frameless products for both inside and outside the home is very broad and extends to more than just windows and doors.
If you are thinking about improving your home with these cutting-edge products, using the very best in glass processing, coatings, technology and design, we give answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about frameless glazing, as well as frameless bifolding doors.
General frameless glazing for inside and outside the home.
Are frameless doors secure?
Frameless doors used in external porches feature robust single point locks or additional locks can be fitted to provide more locking points.
Frameless doors are not designed in the same way as aluminium or PVCu doors neither do they fall within established standards for security. However we u,se quality locks designed to keep the door locked shut creating a barrier to the main door of the house that would normally incorporate high security for your home.
Is frameless glazing safe?
Yes. Frameless glazing uses toughened, laminated or multi-layered glass that is strong and safe. There is even glass that is strong enough to walk on.
Toughened glass is regular glass that is heat treated to alter its properties and give it exceptional strength. Toughened glass is a legal requirement in all doors and in windows below a certain height from the finished floor level. Toughened glass, should it break, is designed to shatter into thousands of harmless pieces that won’t cause injury. It is toughened glass that is used on the side and rear windows of cars.
Laminated glass is two or more pieces of glass sandwiched together with a plastic sheet. Should laminated glass break, it won’t fall into pieces or dangerous shards but will hold together. Laminated glass is used on car windscreens as an example. Laminated glass is frequently used in high security doors and windows or for those home improvement products certified to an enhanced security standard.
Is frameless glazing energy efficient?
Most of the frameless glass products apart from our slide and fold doors for external use, use single glass. Single glass does not have the energy efficiency of double glazed products and in some areas of the house falls outside the scope of current Building Regulations.
Therefore frameless doors that are single glazed are not energy efficient and suitable for internal use. For external doors we recommend a double glazed product.
With any glass product yo,u will need to think about privacy and shading. Blinds are always a solution for frameless windows and doors. There are also solar control options available and even acoustic glass. You can choose acid-etched or sandblasted glass for privacy in bathrooms as well. There is even switchable glass that changes a piece of glass from transparent to obscure at the flick of a switch.
How good are frameless glass products?
Like us at FGC, providers of specialist frameless products possess a lot of knowledge and expertise both in terms of glass know-how and the complex installation a frameless product requires.
Frameless glazing is technically excellent, safe, strong and long-lasting Correctly made, installed and maintained, it will give you years of reliability whether it is fitted inside or outside your home.
Frameless glazing does not provide a complete solution as the glass is limited in what it can do and how it can perform. The good news is that, should you wish to incorporate frameless glass products in your home or your building project, your architect or builder doesn’t need to have expert knowledge. This is where we come in.
What are the benefits of frameless products?
The key benefit of frameless products is their minimalist appearance thanks to the excellent views frameless products provide. Frameless products are ideal for bringing the outside into your home, enjoying all the light and glass brings while protecting you during the winter months.
Frameless windows and doors provide uninterrupted views that even a slimline aluminium or PVCu door cannot provide. Frameless products also provide a cleaner aesthetic, especially inside the house.
Is frameless glazing really frameless?
Unless the frameless glazing is ‘structural glazing’ then most frameless systems need some form of fixing method, structural support or patch fittings to make doors and windows open and close. So while not entirely frameless it has the bare minimum of metal frame.
What is frameless glazing?
Frameless glazing includes a whole variety of products for the home, from windows and doors, to balustrades, glass splashbacks, porches, rooflights and even frameless conservatories and extensions.
Internally, frameless glazing includes doors, glass staircases, shower screens, worktops or balustrades.
Frameless products have been around for over 30 years in America and Europe but have recently enjoyed phenomenal interest with UK homeowners.
Frequently Asked Questions about our frameless folding doors
We are asked a lot of questions from our customers many of whom had never heard about our doors before. Here are answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Where are your frameless bifolding doors made?
Our doors are British designed and made in Britain. We exclusively manufacture our frameless glass curtains at our factory in Kent. And we install nationwide.
FGC has designed and consistently upgraded our doors over the years to provide, what we consider is one of the best frameless bifolding doors on the market presently.
Can your doors be used inside as well as out?
We have extensively fitted our doors in many homes, offices and commercial buildings as either internal doors (or room dividers) as well as fully functional external doors.
We recommend our single glazed doors for internal applications that also feature an ultra-low threshold at only 5mm!
Whether you have our doors fitted internally or externally, there is no compromise on performance and security.
How do your doors remain weathertight despite the lack of frame?
Our doors have been extensively tested to the latest British and European standards for wind resistance, air permeability and water tightness.
Our doors use an advanced PVC bubble gasket that is both durable and hardwearing with special compression properties. Not only is this discreet yet functional, but when the doors are closed the gaskets compress to give you a virtually seamless appearance and enhancing your view.
Clever engineering and sophisticated design enable our doors to offer everything that an aluminium bifolding door can and more.
What are the maximum sizes of frameless bifolding doors?
Our doors surpass the maximum leaf sizes found in many fully framed aluminium bifolding doors. Where many quality aluminium bifolds will achieve maximum sizes of 1200mm wide for each panel and approximately 2700mm high, ours can achieve Heights up to 3.2m and widths up to 1.2 m per panel.
This again ensures you not only gain from our frameless design but your glass panes will be larger than an aluminium bifold as well.
What colours are available with frameless bifolding doors?
We offer the complete range of RAL colours meaning there are over 200 to choose from. Our doors are painted only by approved powder coating applicators that are Qualicoat Approved.
This is your guarantee that the sophisticated powder coating process used in our doors will last and look good for years to come with only simple cleaning required.
How many panels are possible on frameless bifolding doors?
Our doors have been designed as both swing, pivoting and folding doors. This means you can have a single hinged glass door or a pair of hinged opening doors.
For our bifolding doors, we offer from three panels right up to special designs. We recently fitted 18 door panels at the Manchester United Trafford Centre.
What glass is provided on frameless bifolding doors?
The glass you see in our unique frameless glass doors is exclusive to us. This is what makes our doors so special.
We use top quality glass from the leading global glass processors manufactured from toughened safety glass. There is our special 20 mm glass spacer and not metal that you will find on other types of doors. The U Value of our glass can be as low as 1.0Wm2K. This exceeds the requirements of the current Building Regulations that state a U Value of 1.6Wm2 as a minimum.
Our glass features either 4mm or 6mm Low Iron (light reflective) or Pilkington Planitherm 4s energy-efficient glass with argon gas between the panes.
For doors that have single glass, this is 10 mm toughened glass.
Why do your doors pivot and others fold? What is better?
The hinged bifolding door you will typically see is designed to be a slide and fold door. Whilst most quality doors use excellent running gear and hardware, they rely on the door hinges between the panels to enable them to fold.
The advantage of the pivoting and sliding action of our doors is that you benefit from no aluminium in between the doors and no visible hinges. Furthermore, our doors offer are far more convenient if you simply want ventilation without opening the doors compared to typical aluminium doors.
A further benefit is that our doors when folded fully back will take up far less space inside our outside your home than typical aluminium doors. On a four panel bifold, they will only take up 180mm of your space. This is substantially less than other quality aluminium bifolds.
What opening options are possible with frameless bifold doors?
Our doors can slide to the left or right, open in or out as well as having access leaves, double door leaves and other combinations. We are sure once you’ve seen our doors that you’ll find them more versatile than another quality bifolding door.
What hardware options are available.
We offer a wide range of handles to suit each individual door. These range from contemporary glass, polished or satin stainless steel and much more. Contact us for further information.
With all our handles, they are complemented by secure locking systems that provide exceptional security and tested meet British and European Standards.
We are confident that when you see our doors in action you will agree that they offer much more than a quality aluminium bifolding door. Contact us for further information about our range of frameless glass products.
We are on-hand to help and answer any other questions you may have about our products. Please contact us if you have any specific requests or require any other information.