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Bi-fold Door Buyers Checklist – Read This Before You Buy Bi-Folds

Bi-fold doors are a fabulous way to open up and bring light into your home. Good quality bi-fold doors are good value for money offering offering style, quality and security. But not all the products on the market achieve the same standards and doors made from lower quality materials – particularly locks and hinges – can leave homeowners disappointed. Here are some points you should check before you buy.

1. Established Firm

Many firms offer long guarantees with their bi-fold doors – much longer than they have themselves been in business. Is a 10-year guarantee worth much if the company that supplied and installed the product has only been around for six months?
Do they even have a showroom?
Better Bi-folds has been established in Fareham for 15 years, with a reputation built on professional service to the local community.

2. Fitting

Many suppliers will provide your bi-fold doors – but not install them. Better Bi-folds provides a complete service using fully-trained experts to install, causing the least inconvenience to your household. All our work is guaranteed.

3. UK Made

All our doors are manufactured in the UK with good quality guarantees you can trust. Why take the risk?

4. Made to Measure or Ready Made

Doors that are made to measure might be more expensive but they should be of good quality and a good fit, obviously ready-made doors are an option and generally would be less expensive … but then you do get what you pay for.

5. Strength

The Aluminium profile along with the multi-point locking and floating mullions make these an extremely strong door.

6. Ease of Use

Doors should be easy to slide and fold – and use the highest quality parts. Fitted correctly doors should be a joy to use and despite their weight they should slide using the force of a single finger. Again, a good reason to visit the factory showroom and see for yourself.

7. You Get What You Pay For

We believe you get what you pay for. You should always test products to ensure that they are designed to give years of great service and enjoyment, and that any fitting services carry good guarantees. After all you will not be replacing your doors for many years – so it makes sense to get a good quality door, and fitting service from the outset.

Frequently asked questions

1. Are the doors internally or externally glazed?

The doors should be internally glazed to increase security, ensuring there is no access to the beads from outside the property. However, you must check before you buy as some companies still externally bead.

2. Are they easy to install?

Yes they are easy to install with full instructions. Any competent fitter will be able to make an excellent job of fitting Bi-folds. All of the hard work is carried out in the manufacturing stages at the factory. However not all installers provide guarantees or FENSA Certification, so you should always check.

3. Can the doors open inwards or outwards?

Generally Aluminium or UPVC Bi-fold doors can be made to open inwards or outwards, the choice is yours.

4. What’s the difference between Aluminium Bi-folding doors and UPVC Bi-folding doors?

Aluminium Bi-folding doors are purpose made from a drawing board to be a Bi-fold door whereas the UPVC bi-folds use certain parts of the standard UPVC high security Residential doors which is why the UPVC Bi-folds are slightly cheaper than its Aluminium counterpart.

5. What’s the difference between Thresholds?

Both Aluminium and UPVC Bi-folding doors have a choice of ‘low thresholds’ or standard fully rebated thresholds. The difference between the two is that with a fully rebated standard threshold it offers severe weather rating whereas the low threshold does not … it in effect offers excellent weather protection but is not recommended for areas of severe exposure. Both offer great weather protection for all areas of the UK. The low threshold option obviously offers the facility of level walk through from inside to outside of your property and can also be used as a division between your house and conservatory.

6. How secure are the doors?

Many Aluminium and UPVC Bi-folds offer the very latest technology in secure locking systems on the market today. And many are internally glazed with safety glass as standard. But you must always check.

7. Are the doors difficult to maintain?

Both Aluminium and UPVC Bi-folds are very low maintenance. Both require regular lubrication and checking once a year or whenever the need arises.

8. What are the U Values for doors? 

These will possibly differ from suppliers and therefore you must ask the question.

9. Can I have more than 6 panels? 

Yes in Aluminium this is generally offered, but you would be advised to enquire to be certain.

10. My opening is less than 1400mm wide – can I have a Bi-fold? 

No, generally the smallest opening is 1400mm – this is because each sash has a minimum width of 700mm.

11. My opening is greater than 6000mm wide – can I have a Bi-fold? 

Yes, the largest standard opening is 6000mm – this is because standard aluminium bar length is 6500mm. And some suppliers can manufacture doors greater than 6500mm to accommodate wider openings.

12. What Thickness Double Glazed Units Can I Have? 

You can have between 6mm and 35mm units.

13. Are colours other than white available? 

Yes. As standard most suppliers offer white, but they should supply them in any RAL colour. You can also have dual colours – e.g. brown on the outside and white on the inside.
Some suppliers also offer different wood grain designs – from beech through to walnut.

14. Do I have to slide all the panels open to use a door? 

No. Traffic doors allow you to use the door without folding the panels. We recommend you have a traffic door if possible as it allows you to operate the door ‘normally’ during the winter months – when you don’t want to fold the door fully open, and let in the cold air.


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