Frequently Asked Questions About Bifold Doors

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about bifold doors. If you’re currently researching bifolding doors for your home, you’ll be faced with a lot of information. There are a great many systems on the market and each have their own design features, specifications and options. Our Frequently Asked Questions Page addresses the most common questions our customers have around this patio doors design.

Always see your bifolding doors in action.

Our recommendation is that you always view bifolding doors in a showroom or in a fully installed application. Only in this way can you fully understand how a quality bifolding door works, the relationship between the inside and outside floor levels, handles and locks, colour schemes and much more besides.

In addition, viewing bifolding doors can give you other ideas and inspiration such as which way the doors open and fold, whether you require an access leaf, choosing blinds as well as matching windows and doors to your doors.

How do bi-folding doors work?

A bifolding door is a series of door panels that are connected together with door hinges. They are also situated in a top and bottom track.

Bifolding doors fold upon themselves and then glide along their tracks. They feature their gearing at the bottom of the doors designed to take the weight of the folding panels. Here you’ll find components such as the carriage wheels, the gearing, top guide and other durable components designed to make the doors slide and fold in a light and effortless operation.

Are bifolding doors secure with so many leaves?

Yes. All our doors are tested to the latest British and/or European Standards or Secured by Design.

Despite the large number of door panels our doors feature the very best in multi point locking systems, anti-bump cylinders, robust handles and deep throw bolts on the main and intermediate leaves.

Which way can bifolding doors slide and fold?

Bifolding doors can open in or out. They can slide to the left, right or both sides depending on the number of panels. This is known as the door configuration which should not be confused with door dimensions (the door sizes).

In a bifolding door you can also incorporate an access leaf. This is an independent door that is used to gain entry and exit through the doors without having to fold the doors back every time. We can also offer you the very latest in corner folding doors to create stunning open corners to your new extension with a floating corner post.

Do I need planning permission for bi-folding doors?

The replacement of existing sliding or swing doors with a set of folding doors generally does not require planning permission. We always recommend you seek advice from your local council or other professional beforehand. Conservation areas or listed buildings may have constraints applied. Building Regulations must always be adhered to as well.

What are the minimum and maximum sizes for bifolding doors?

We offer a choice of bifolding door products and each are designed differently. Typically the smallest leaf possible can be as narrow as 400mm up to approximately 1200mm wide. For the height we have doors that can be made as small as 1000mm high (folding windows) up to 3000mm high with our Schuco doors.

Minimum and maximum sizes are governed by width and height ratios and other factors. We recommend you contact us if you’re looking for particularly large doors and we can advise you better. It’s worth bearing in mind that the wider the door panel the more space it will take up when folded back.

Why do you offer more than one bifolding door brand?

Many bifolding door providers only offer one make of bifolding door. At Open Living we provide you with a choice. We do this because every product is different. They are all high quality bifolds but are specially chosen to meet most design requirements and budgets.

Our Visofold range of bifolding doors offers you more rounded profiles as well as a deep bottom rail option. These are ideal if you are looking for a more period looking bifolding door with the features of timber doors.

Schuco doors are designed for those that wish to create very large doors or are looking for an ultra flat, slim door with very contemporary hardware.

Origin doors offer a mix of both traditional and contemporary designs, offer excellent handles, finger safe gaskets and have a great guarantee. Every product is different and worth looking at.

What colour choices are available on bifolding doors?

One of the many advantages of an aluminium bifold is the colour choice.

Aluminium bifolding doors are polyester powder coated. This is a superior finishing process used on aluminium and metal products for over forty years.

Our doors are coated by specialist and industry regulated finishers that are Qualicoat approved and certified. There are over 150 colours option. This choice is further extended with satin, matt or gloss finishes as well as different colours inside and out.

Aluminium bifolds also provide contemporary finishes such as metallic silver shades, textured powder coated colours and even authentic looking wood effect finishes. The powder coating process we use on all our bifolds can also be enhanced for doors that are on coastal or swimming pool locations to provide even greater protection.

Can I buy off the shelf bifolding doors?

There are some websites that offer stock sizes of bifolding doors. These are designed for either new build developments where builders look to buy volumes of doors at the same size to save money and build costs. Some companies that offer off the shelf bifolding doors may offer doors that were mis-measured and no longer required.

At Open Living all our bifolding doors are manufactured for you to exact sizes, specifications and colour choice. Our doors are built to suit your existing property or your new extension and not the other way round.

Can I join windows, screens or other doors to my bifolds?

Yes there is no reason subject to the overall design why you can’t couple doors to windows, screens, French doors and windows as well.

Who will fit my bifolding doors?

A bifolding door is a very complex product and therefore precise installation is absolutely essential. Our installers are specially trained across our entire range of door products as well as windows. We regularly update our installation methods working with our bifolding door providers as all our products are constantly upgraded and improved.

What guarantees do you offer on bifolding doors?

Our doors come with a 10 or 20 year guarantee depending on the product. There is no need to be concerned that a door with a smaller guarantee period is any way inferior. Our Guarantee Page on our website provides more information.

What type of glass comes with my bifolding doors?

We source our glass from world’s leading glass manufacturers, typically Pilkington, Glaverbel or Saint Gobain. As standard you benefit from toughened safety glass (also a legal requirement). Glass is 28mm double glazed comprising Planitherm Total Plus soft coat low E glass, warm edge spacer bars, argon gas fill and hermetically sealed.

You can upgrade your glass to triple glazing, integral blinds and even laminated glass if required.

What windows and French doors can match my bifolding doors?

Only Origin offer a range of French Doors or single doors that match the profile of the bifolding doors. Our other bifolding door systems come with a large range of matching casement windows in a wide choice of frame options and choices. We offer flatline, ovolo, chamfered and combination frames depending on your property. In aluminium you will get the same quality and finish in the colour as well.

Published on March 31, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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