Bring the Outside in with Bifold DoorsBifold doors are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners looking to create a stylish transition between indoor and outdoor space, although they can also be used to separate rooms. Read on for our quick guide to bifold doors and find out whether they might be right for your home.
Bifold doors are sometimes also referred to as folding doors. They are ideal for areas where space is at a premium, so are often used in apartments to separate living and sleeping spaces, but are also commonly used to connect the inside of a home to the garden or the home to a conservatory.
How they Work
Bifold doors are usually installed on a track and it’s common to find doors in pairs, although different configurations are possible. Bifold doors are usually made from timber, UPVC or aluminium, and ones which face the exterior of the house must meet certain regulations when it comes to durability, security, insulation and weather rating. It’s possible to choose whether your bifold doors open inwards or outwards and whether they open to the left or right.
Matching Colours and Finishes
Whilst aluminium bifold doors can be found, wood or UPV are more popular options for many homeowners, and a variety of colours and finishes of bifold doors are available, depending on the manufacturer. You can usually choose from a range of different wood textures as well as a range of finishes including painted, varnished or natural wood to compliment your existing décor.
Bifold doors are a far safer option for families with young children than glass patio doors – many accidents occur when children run into glass doors, and a wooden or aluminium folding door is a wiser choice. You should opt for bifold doors with a multi-point lock for maximum security, and there should also be bolts on the stationary panels to secure the doors at the top and bottom -aluminium doors are slightly more secure than wooden framed bifold doors.
Get on the Right Track
It’s important to choose the right type of track for your bifold doors – you could opt for a low threshold track which lies flush with your existing flooring, although this is most commonly used where bifold doors are to be installed between the home and a conservatory. If your bifold doors lead out onto a terrace or decking, a low threshold track is ideal. When purchasing your bifold doors, always ask which type of track will be best for your home – the manufacturers and installers are experienced in their field so will be able to offer you expert advice.
Getting bifold doors
Vufold offer and extended variety of doors where you will also find bifold doors. Their 10 year guarantee gives you peace of mind. The doors are very easy to install and they don't require any professionals to help you do that - you can install them all by yourself.
UrbanAnd Grey can give you expert advice and free estimation with only one call. Their bespoke aluminium or timber doors are highly thermally efficient and combine style and performance according to your individual requirements.
Everest is one of the biggest suppliers of doors and windows in the UK so we're sure you'll find what you're looking for on their website. You have a choice on material and colours and you also get 25 years gurantee on the aluminium and 10 years on the whole installation.
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