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- 1 Bi-Fold Doors
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Choosing the right bi-fold for your house is essential, both practically and stylistically, and they could quite quickly become the wow-factor design feature that you have been looking for. To make sure you make the right decision, follow our guide to choosing the perfect glazed doors for your project. Bi-folding units can open inwards or outwards, and most people choose the latter option to maximise space inside.
Bifold doors open up the home to the great outdoors and are ideal for filling interior areas with natural light; there’s no question as to why they are the cherry on top of many self-build, extension and renovation projects — made of multiple leaves or panels, bi-folding (or folding sliding doors) open by folding against each other like a concertina.
Bear in mind that for bi-fold doors, the frame material and its dimensions will influence the cost. As a rule, uPVC offers the least expensive option and aluminium the most.
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Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors
Elite Builders London offer the best aluminium bi-fold doors and are an incredible investment with many great benefits to speak of.
Aluminium bifold doors are a fantastic choice for both new buildings and replacement glazing. The aluminium system provides a simple yet effective solution for door openings that boast high levels of thermal performance paired with modern design.
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Composite Bi-Fold Doors
While a composite door is a more advanced option, many people still choose to have a uPVC door installed. However, if you can afford to pay a little more, we would always recommend choosing a composite door instead as they are more secure, thermally efficient and durable than uPVC doors.
Composite doors will also often be more readily available in a timber-like finish and spending a little extra might be what you want to do to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing finish to your home.
A composite door is a single leaf door that can be solid or with glass and is usually filled with high-density foam. In the United Kingdom, it is common for composite doors to be certified to BS PAS and be compliant with Secured by Design, an official UK police initiative.
Timber and Wooden Bi-Fold Doors
A beautiful and classic option for those creating a traditional-style home or looking to install in a period property, wooden doors come in various finishes.
Our high-performance, timber bi-folding doors are available in a range of configurations up to 8 metres in length including complicated bowed track and right-angled layouts. The weight of the doors is carried by the bottom rolling system, eliminating the need for overhead structural beams.
uPVC Bi-Fold Doors
Always thought of as the cheap and cheerful option of windows and doors, PVCu (also written as uPVC) are low maintenance but don’t come with the slim sightlines and quality of finish as timber or aluminium.
uPVC is still the best budget-friendly choice, now available in black or dark grey finishes. But uPVC isn’t as durable as aluminium or wood, so the frames will be thicker to enable them to achieve the desired strength – or possibly reinforced with galvanised steel, like this.
Multipoint Locking System
As a significant access point into your home, bi-folds must conform to current security standards and the lead door must have a multi-point locking system. For extra peace of mind, invest in a lock featuring an anti-pick/drill cylinder that conforms to Police’ Preferred by Design’ security standards. If you have small children, request finger-safe gaskets to prevent doors slamming shut on tiny hands.
Modern glazed doors, whether they be bi-fold doors or sliding doors, are one of the most sought-after features in today’s homes. Equally, they are one of the main additions people use to maximise natural light in the home when undertaking an extension or renovation.
To combat the loss of heat from your home, you can get triple glazing as well, which further insulates your home but keep in mind this does incur a significant extra cost.
Due to the nature of double and triple glazing, your home will become more energy efficient over single pane options. As less heat is escaping from your home, this means your central heating won’t need to be on as much, which means much less money being spent on your heating bills.
Upkeep and Maintenance
One of the great things about bi-fold doors is that they have incredibly low upkeep costs. Keeping them clean like any window is a must for obvious aesthetic reasons. The best piece of advice Elite Builders can give you once your brand new bi-fold doors are installed would be to keep debris out of the running at the bottom of the frame as this can make closing the door tricky.
Silicon spray, as much as it used in the food industry, is what is known as a ‘dry lubricant’. If you have plastic runners and the rail is clear of debris then pray some silicon spray along the whole gap, and your door should get working again. If this is not the case, however, then please give us a call as there might be a problem with the internal mechanism and require expert advice.