Windows and Doors - Bi-Fold DoorsWe are able to supply uPVC, aluminium and hardwood timber bi-fold doors, which have recently become very popular. However, there a limitations to their use as well as their obvious benefits.
Our view is that they are best used in a protected environment, such as a partition between two rooms in a house, as an architectural feature wall or between a house and a conservatory or other addition to the main house. They are attractive and functional, allowing owners to open up the internal circulation of their properties to make maximum use of available space, and are consequently being seen in more and more homes.
On the other hand, and while we recognise that they are used as an external door in certain circumstances (and frequently on home ‘make-over’ shows on television) they do not have established weathering capabilities for an environment such as West Cornwall, which is an area of high exposure with a mean wind speed of 56 Km/hr. We would advise against installing bi-fold doors in an unprotected South, South-West or West facing elevation as a doorway in West Cornwall. We believe that they will not perform well in these locations, facing into the prevailing wind and rain. No independent third party testing authority currently gives any bi-fold doors an exposure rating which will meets our weather!
That said, these doors are a superlative product in the right place. The highly engineered smooth glide roller system and secure multi-point locking provide a door that is easy to operate. By opening the master leaf, the remainder of the door leaves open in concertina action, stacking tightly together, creating an unobstructed space that opens up two rooms into one or extends your living environment into your garden, bringing the outrside in.
Our bi-folding doors are offered in a range of sizes and styles with different door combinations, starting from two leaves up to a maximum of six leaves, depending on size and configuration, making a very flexible solution for openings of all sizes.