Top tips for buying bifold doors
Buying bifold doors is a huge investment for most families, and the doors you choose will be part of home for a lifetime. As such, it’s important to consider all the dos and don’ts when choosing a supplier and designing your doors.
1. Do consult our team for advice
You can buy all kinds of glazing products from online stores. We’ve even seen bifolds on eBay. However, comparing products purely on price is bound to end in disappointment.
For a high quality and secure result, you must consult experts in bifold doors to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Ideally, visit a showroom and try the doors for yourself. Buying without viewing is extremely risky.
2. Don’t leave it until the last minute to order
Bifold doors take several weeks to manufacture. Again, you can buy bifolds ‘off the peg’, but it’s highly unlikely that they will fit properly when you have them installed. For every order, allow plenty of time. And remember: if you’re choosing custom colours, it will take longer than usual for us to make them.
Aim to have a survey done with complete measurements, and then plan for around four weeks’ manufacture time. The team at Your Price Bifolds can fit a set of doors in a day, but we need time to manufacture the doors to your specification.
3. Do consider the rest of your décor
How will your bifolds look when they are installed? You might dream of neon pink frames – but what will buyers think when it’s time to sell your house?
We’re all for daring colours, and we can manufacture bifold doors practically any colour that you can think of, but it’s worth considering how the doors are going to look with your existing décor and glazing.
Unless you’re planning a full glazing replacement, we recommend white or grey frames. They look modern, they blend well with uPVC windows, and they will match practically any style of building.
4. Don’t forget privacy
Bifold doors are beautiful, and offer fantastic views into the garden. At night, you might want to screen the glass so that people can’t see into your home. Traditional curtains tend to get in the way of the folding mechanism if your doors stack on the inside, but on the plus side, they can help to keep heat in the home.
Otherwise, there are two routes for screening bifolds; one is to have a blind manufactured into the door, and the second option is to retrofit a blind onto the frame. If you aren’t a fan of blinds, make sure your bifolds stack outside the house so you can still use curtains in front of them.
5. Do invest in professional installation
Your Price Bifolds offers an efficient, affordable fitting service that will ensure your doors are properly installed. When you buy your doors, we’ll carry out a full survey and take measurements, then return to install the doors when they’re made. That way, you enjoy continuity of service, and you don’t need to worry about finding a reputable installer. We will ensure your doors fit snugly and close properly, so they’re secure, energy efficient and long-lasting.