choosing a new bifold door

If you are thinking about new bifold doors there are a few things that you have to take into consideration.

bifold door and outside eating areaAre you wanting a new set of doors? The perfect link between your house and your garden? Well, there are a few things that you need to think about first before you finish choosing a new bifold door.

What are the most important things for you to think about when choosing a new bifold door?

The most important decision you need to make is what type of material should your doors be made out of? First of all, this depends on you and the house you live in.

  • Do you want a wow impact or something low key?
  • How much glass do you want, and how much light do you want to let in?
  • Have you thought about colours?

Bifold and sliding doors have become hugely popular, and the majority of people are looking for doors and windows made from aluminium. Aluminium is strong, it looks great, and it has a low level of maintenance, hence making it fantastic for homes. Windows and doors with aluminium frames are more slender than the traditional wooden frames, they look great and let it lots of light.

Before choosing a new bifold door, look at the maintenance required.

Aluminium really is the best option if you are looking for doors or windows that require almost no maintenance. The track will need to be kept clear of dirt, but otherwise they are hassle free. Read our blog here about how to care for your bifold doors.

What do you need to know about the glass when choosing a new bifold door?

You need to think about how much glass you want, how many folds do you need? Our team at Outlook Aluminium will be able to come to your house and talk you through the options and prepare a bespoke quote for you.

The way your doors open is an important consideration. You have to think about the day-to-day usage of the doors. Will you need a traffic door or will there be another main entry and exit door from the room outside?

Looking at how energy efficient your doors need to be is also important. Bifold doors tend to be measured on U-values, and current Building Regulations specify that for a refurbishment or extension any new glazing must achieve a U-value of 1.8W/m²K or lower.

Think about what security requirements should be included in bifold designs?

bifold door securityStandard security features on bi-folding doors should include;

  • Internally glazed panels
  • Toughend glass
  • Installed flush with floor level to rid any tripping hazard
  • Fingersafe gaskets protect little fingers
  • Multi-point locking system on master doors
    • shoot bolt locking on intermediate panels to keep them held tightly together
  • Anti-bump, anti-snap and half lock cylinders available

Could choosing a new bifold door add value to your property?

A new aluminium door will make your property stand out to buyers if you are looking to sell. However, you might not want to sell once you have see how some gorgeous bifold doors can transform your space. The added light and space can really make a difference in your home.

If you are looking at ways to add value you can read our recent blog about 4 ways to add value to a traditional home.

What type of work is required for installing your new bifold doors?

If you have a professional, knowledgeable installation team they will install your doorrsj for bifold doors with no problems at all. An RSJ will probably be required as the doors will not be able to bear any weight from above.

An opening will need to be made in the wall you want the door to go in, install a structural support above where the door will go, and a damp proof course membrane at the bottom for the doors to sit on. Usually your bifold doors will run from the bottom, so the RSJ will only need to bear the weight from above.

Can you have a modern bifold door in a traditional property?

Absolutely, yes! Aluminium has always been a modern looking product, and is used in new extensions and new builds. However using aluminium in traditional properties can create a mind-blowing feature. You do need to make sure that your plans fit in with what is allowed in your area or if your property is listed. You can find out if you need planning permission on line.

Finally, if you are considering choosing a new bifold door and have some questions, give our team a call on 0113 850 0508, or leave us your details here and we will call you back.

Ian Richardson

Author Ian Richardson

Managing Director of Outlook Aluminium. Connect with Ian on LinkedIn >>

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