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Top 6 Things you Need to Know About Bifold Doors

Bifold doors have been increasingly popular here in the UK. And it’s not just because of the increased number of single-storey glass extensions and conservatories – although this is undoubtedly a factor. 

@MyHomebuilding: “Bifold doors create a seamless visual and physical link to the outdoors: in the summer months, you’ll even be able to create the sense of an indoor/outdoor space which is a huge part of their appeal.”

Bifold doors are also being installed inside the home, thanks to the fact they are so easy to use, and the fact they stack away means they don’t take up much room space either. If you are considering having bifold doors installed in your own home, then here is a handful of facts for you to consider:

Bifold does come in various materials

You can choose from uPVC, aluminium and wooden bifold doors. You’ll pay less for uPVC, which you can buy in various shades, including trendy bold and darker colours. The frames do tend to be thicker than aluminium or wooden versions, though. Wood frames need the most maintenance.

Most people have three bifold panels in their door

Bifold doors work – and look – best when there are as few as possible panels. That makes three the ideal number, although it is possible to have five and more doors too. In essence, though, the number of bifold doors you have depends entirely on the size of the opening you’ll be looking to fill.

You’ll need a track for the doors

A track is the way the doors slide neatly along without much force so that you can open up your room to the outdoors. There are different types of tracks to choose from. You are less likely to trip over a flush-fitting track with floor recess, for instance. They’re not necessarily the most efficient tracks, though.

Bifold doors are secure

Your bifold doors will have a multi-point locking system for additional security. This type of lock is difficult for burglars to open, making your home more secure than a door with a traditional turn-key lock. For safety, i.e. to prevent doors from slamming, you can also have finger-safe gaskets.

Bifold doors are weatherproof

An expanse of glass covered by bifold doors can keep out the rain and wind, but they’re not as warm as a solid wall. You’ll want bifold doors that keep in as much heat as possible. This is measured in terms of U-value (the lower, the better). Building regulations state bifold doors must be 1.8W/(m2k) for replacements or 2.0W/(m2k) for a new build or extension.

They should also comply with the weather tightness test (BS 6375 Part 1).

How much will I pay for bifold doors?

A three-door set of uPVC bifold doors will be less expensive than their aluminium or wooden equivalent. The former can come in at an average of £2000, while you will pay an additional £500 for aluminium bifold doors. Then there is the cost of installation – which can be as much as an additional £600, depending on your contractor.