If you are considering purchasing bifolding doors, you will probably already be aware of many of the advantages they offer. Bifolding doors offer many benefits such as letting in lots of natural light, being a real focal point in a room and opening up your inside and outside spaces. If you’re looking at bifolding doors for your home and you want to benefit from opening these up in the summer and creating a great open space to your garden or patio, one important consideration will be the threshold options for bifolding doors.
Threshold options for bifolding doors explained.
With the correct product and the right advice from a bifolding door professional, your bifolding doors enhance your home when you get the proper threshold.
All doors, whether folding, hinged or sliding rely on a threshold to perform several important roles. The first will be to create a seal so that your doors remain weather resistant and eliminate draughts. Smart design and engineering, sophisticated gaskets and weatherstrips make doors weather resistant.
Look at your front door threshold, and typically you’ll see an upstand that the door closes against. Bifolding door thresholds are similar, and they’re also available with standard or low thresholds.
Our Origin Bifolding doors are the market leading product in the UK and come with a unique 20-year guarantee. They also come in two different types of door thresholds.
The standard threshold has the same upstand for weathering and overall performance. There is also an ultra-low threshold available. So what are the right threshold options for bifolding doors in your home?
Standard bifolding door thresholds.
For all external bifolding doors we recommend the standard rebated threshold. Most bifold weather tests have the standard threshold in place. It is also the one that has the necessary up stands and gasket protection to protect against the elements.
If you’re looking for the same level of weather protection but also want a flush inner and outer floor level this standard threshold can be recessed. The result is a flatter floor with weather protection.
The low threshold.
Many people want bifolding doors fitted internally. Typical uses include room dividers or separating a conservatory as just two examples.
A low threshold is a great option if your doors are to go inside the home , giving you the bare minimum of step over.
As this threshold has no rebate to provide weather protection we don’t recommend this is used on external folding doors. Every home is different. For example, your doors are for a sheltered elevation, rarely getting driving wind and rain. Alternatively your doors may be under a canopy or roof that offers weather protection.
In these cases and subject to survey it may be possible to use the low threshold, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the doors won’t have been weather tested like the standard threshold.
Open Living are your local bifolding door experts.
We recommend you visit our showroom and look at the range of bifolding doors we have on display. Alternatively, we can visit your home and discuss how the different bifolding door thresholds work with decking, patio slabs and of course your internal floors.
At Open Living, we offer a range of bifolding doors with a choice of styles, designs and threshold options. Contact us for a free no obligation consultation.