Our Top Tips for choosing the right bifolding door

Choosing the right bifolding door needn’t be difficult. Open Living is your local bifolding door specialist and we’ve been providing all manner of bifold and folding doors for many years. As one of the regions’ leading bifolding door suppliers, we have an extensive product range based on sightlines, budget and brand. Above all, we can help you make an informed choice on what is the right door for you.

choosing the right bifolding door

Choose your new bifolding doors with care

The bifolding door is one of the most desirable home improvement products. All over the country, people discover how this fantastic product opens and folds, enhancing and adding value to their homes.

The popularity of bifolding doors means homeowners have a huge amount of choice. So how do you know which is the right door for you? And how can you be sure it’s provided by a knowledgeable installer?

Bifolding doors are unlike your typical French doors that swing or patio doors that slide.

Today’s quality folding doors possess more complex hardware as well as more sophisticated engineering. This is what enables them to swing, slide and fold.

With bifolding doors also being fitted to much larger openings than other types of doors it’s even more important that your door is well made. Furthermore, look at doors with good design and aesthetics. Only this way will your bifolding door remain reliable long into the future and give you years of enjoyment and pleasure.

Quality is everything with bifolding doors

It’s important that your new bifolding door is precision made and possesses the best quality locks, rollers, guides and handles. All these components play a key role to ensure that no matter what size or weight your door is, it is effortless to open and close and consistent every time.

You should also consider the locks and handles on your doors. With the vast majority of folding doors being installed in the rear of the home security is vital.

If your bifolding door is your only door that leads out into the garden you’ll want a handle that will last and work reliably for years.

Many widely available doors possess components found on many other types of doors. Others have hardware designed specifically for one product. So study the handles of your new door. They should feel comfortable to use, look and feel robust as well as have a durable quality finish to them.

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Your folding doors installed by experts.

Above all else, it is a correct installation that ensures your bifolding door works correctly.

Some homeowners will try to save money on their project by getting their doors fitted by their builder. Installing a bifold is not the same as fitting a standard door.

With bifolding doors going into large and wide openings it is vital frames are correctly fitted, they are plumb and square and thresholds correctly packed and fitted.

Always try before you buy.

Open Living have added value and improved the comfort, security and energy efficiency of thousands of home in the Bedfordshire area and beyond.

We know that the purchase of a new bifolding door is a different buying experience compared to replacement windows or a new front door.

We recommend you always see a bifolding door in action. Only this way will you understand how a folding door operates and understand important factors. These include the relationship between the door threshold and your inside and outside floor levels. You’ll also need to understand the various opening configurations, a huge choice of colours and your glass and hardware options.

Visit our showroom and you will see a large range of folding doors in a choice of colours and styles.

Award-winning doors installed by an award-winning Company.

Open Living believes when it comes to bifolding doors, our product range of Origin, Schuco and Smarts folding doors are one of the very best you can buy.

As a long established provider of folding doors, we have installed many of the other doors available in the market. Our choice of three bifolding door systems gives you real choice and varying price points in folding doors.

You can choose from the market-leading Origin door with a 20-year guarantee, the sophisticated Schuco door for the ultimate in engineering and design or the high quality and affordable Smarts Visofold door.

Compare these to other doors on the market and we are sure you’ll want to enjoy all the features of these elegant, bespoke doors in your own home, expertly installed by Open Living.

Contact us today to see your yourselves our stunning range of folding doors from your local award winning company.

Published on May 21, 2018

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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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