A Guide to Buying Bi-Fold Doors and Windows

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Posted on: 22 April 2015 by Pano Savvidis

Also called folding doors, bi-folds are doors that simply fold to open up a space. Now that the summer has arrived, it is the perfect time to install bi-fold doors and make the most of the season's glorious sunshine.

So, here is everything you need to know about bi-fold doors.

Advantages of Bi-Folding Doors

There are a huge range of advantages to installing bi-fold doors. One of the main reasons people choose bi-fold is to increase light and space. When closed, a bi-fold door is essentially a wall of floor to ceiling windows, allowing light to flood into your home.  But when opened, they completely transform the space. A bi-fold door also allows your home to flow out into your garden, increasing your square footage.

Bi-fold doors are also popular among people with disabilities. Because of the way they are designed, the doors are at floor level and therefore allow easy access for wheelchair users. In addition, they are great for toddlers and young children who tend not to look where they are going!

Materials and Finishes

Bi-folding doors come in a huge array of options, so there will always be a material that fits with decor. You can choose from modern white uPVC, wood for a more natural look, or sleek aluminium. Mighton Products offer a range of finishes to suit any home.

Each of these materials carry a slightly different cost. For example, uPVC tends to be cheaper. It is also worth bearing in mind that wooden doors will require maintenance.

Generally speaking, bi-fold doors are fitted with double glazed glass, making them energy efficient and secure. In addition, some companies offer different types of glass depending upon your needs, such as glare and noise reduction, or even self-cleaning options. It can be easy to increase costs here, so it is important that you make the right choice for your needs.

Some Helpful Shopping Tips

Such a large purchase can be daunting, especially if this is a type of system you are unfamiliar with. To help when you are browsing, here are some tips:

·         Security is important, so check that a multipoint lock and sufficient hinges are installed.

·         Clarify how long the warranty/guarantee will last and if it is insurance backed – this means that if the company ceases trading, your warranty will still be valid.

·         Ask to view the actual door you will be buying. Every bi-fold door is different, so make sure your money is being spent correctly.

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