Bifold FAQ

  • Do I need plan­ning per­mis­sion to install bifold doors?

In most cas­es, you do NOT need plan­ning per­mis­sion to have bifold doors installed in your home. How­ev­er, there are some excep­tions to this. If your home is list­ed — or if you live with­in a con­ser­va­tion area — you may need to obtain per­mis­sion from your local author­i­ty. Where plan­ning per­mis­sion is required, there may be restric­tions placed on the size and colour of bifolds you can have, although this is rare.

Even if you think you do not need plan­ning per­mis­sion, it’s always wise to dou­ble check with your local plan­ning author­i­ty. You can do this with the online Plan­ning Por­tal, or get in con­tact with your local coun­cil directly.

  • How long is the guar­an­tee on bifold doors?

Our bifold doors sup­pli­er of choice is Ori­gin, who have rig­or­ous qual­i­ty con­trol process­es at all stages of design and man­u­fac­ture. Addi­tion­al­ly, all bifold doors are bespoke and made to order, which ensures the per­fect fit. For these rea­sons, Ori­gin are able to offer a 20 year war­ran­ty on all bifold doors. This cov­ers all aspects of the door apart from the glass; which includes the frames, hinges, han­dles, run­ners, seals and any/​all mov­ing parts.

This fan­tas­tic guar­an­tee is prod­uct-based, rather than being attached to the own­er. This means that, should you wish to sell your home before the 20 year guar­an­tee peri­od is up, the war­ran­ty would pass to the new own­ers. This is a fan­tas­tic sell­ing point for your home, and may well add val­ue to your prop­er­ty as a whole.

The war­ran­ty is tracked via a lit­tle strip on the side of every Ori­gin Bifold door. This I.D strip includes a unique ser­i­al and prod­uct num­ber which can be quot­ed direct­ly to Ori­gin in the unlike­ly event of an issue.

  • How much do bifold doors cost?

Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, one of the more basic bifold door con­fig­u­ra­tions, includ­ing 3 door leaves and a stan­dard fin­ish would cost approx­i­mate­ly £2,500, so this can be used as a start­ing point. How­ev­er, there are a large num­ber of vari­ables which affect the price. It’s there­fore dif­fi­cult to give a defin­i­tive answer with­out first per­form­ing a sur­vey and consultation.

Depend­ing on what you want from your bifold doors, the costs can be much more than £2,500. The costs are depen­dent on the num­ber of door leaves, the colour, the type of thresh­old cho­sen and the addi­tion of any option­al extras. As our bifold doors are com­plete­ly bespoke, no two quotes are the same.

  • How safe and secure are bifold doors?

Our bifold doors are extreme­ly secure, and have been designed to exceed the most recent secu­ri­ty stan­dards. Poten­tial intrud­ers are very like­ly to find that they are thwart­ed at the first hur­dle due to the excel­lent secu­ri­ty fea­tures includ­ed with all doors.

The alu­mini­um frames are extreme­ly strong, and the glass panes are built to with­stand impact. Each door has a spe­cial­ly-designed 8-point lock­ing sys­tem, which includes cham­fered 20mm lin­ear bolts for addi­tion­al strength. The lock itself pro­tects against snap­ping, pick­ing, drilling and bump­ing, which means that it can with­stand even the most expe­ri­enced and deter­mined criminals.

As well as pro­tect­ing your home, our bifold doors are also very safe to use. They’re designed to be easy to open and close, so that chil­dren and those less mobile can oper­ate them with ease. What’s more, they have been designed with everyone’s safe­ty in mind. Thank­ful­ly, this means it’s impos­si­ble to trap your fin­gers between the door leaves or sus­tain injury from the mov­ing parts.

  • How ther­mal­ly effi­cient are bifold doors?

We’re proud to say that our bifold doors are at the top of their game when it comes to ther­mal effi­cien­cy with­in the indus­try. In fact, the weath­er-proof seals, high qual­i­ty mate­ri­als and exquis­ite crafts­man­ship means they’ve been giv­en a U-Val­ue of 1.32. This mea­sure­ment shows that, as a whole, our bifolds are more ther­mal­ly effi­cient than both sol­id and cav­i­ty walls, mean­ing you won’t be com­pro­mis­ing on your ener­gy bills. In fact, you may find that the cost of heat­ing your home reduces after your bifold doors are installed.

  • What are bifold doors?

Bifold doors are often found at the rear of the home, open­ing out onto a gar­den, deck­ing or patio area. They con­sist of a num­ber of door leaves’, which can be pushed to one side in a con­certi­na motion. This cre­ates unin­ter­rupt­ed views and pro­vides a seam­less tran­si­tion between out­side and inside the home.

The frames are slim and the glaz­ing is exten­sive, allow­ing plen­ty of light and beau­ty into your home. You can also opt for a com­plete­ly flush thresh­old, mean­ing you won’t have to step over any­thing in order to get in and out. This can real­ly give your home the wow fac­tor’, and it’s also fan­tas­tic for accessibility.

  • What colour can I choose for my bifold doors?

The great thing about our Ori­gin bifold doors is that you can opt for almost any colour you like for your new door frames, with 150 RAL colours to choose from, includ­ing wood-effect fin­ish­es. What’s more, we can also offer a dual colour option, which means that the frames are a dif­fer­ent colour when viewed from the inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or of your home. This way, you can best match them to your prop­er­ty style.

  • What mate­r­i­al are bifold doors made from?

Our bifold doors frames are made from pre­mi­um grade alu­mini­um, which is extreme­ly strong and resilient. Using alu­mini­um over steel ensures our bifold doors are light, robust and require lit­tle to no main­te­nance. The pow­der-coat­ed fin­ish is weath­er-resis­tant and will not need to be repainted.

The glaz­ing can be dou­ble- or triple-glazed, and is of the high­est qual­i­ty. This ensures safe­ty, secu­ri­ty and ther­mal effi­cien­cy for the life­time of the door, and allows you to enjoy unin­ter­rupt­ed views.

  • What sizes of bifold doors are available?

There are no stan­dard sizes when it comes to bifold doors – in fact, should you decide to have bifold doors installed, they’ll be com­plete­ly bespoke and made to fit your par­tic­u­lar requirements.

As a guide, you can have between 3 and 8 door leaves with­in your bifold door set, each of which can be any­thing from 400mm to 1200mm wide. Basi­cal­ly speak­ing, your bifold doors will be made to fit the gap you have, and your con­sul­ta­tion sur­vey­or should be able to give you fur­ther advice based on the lay­out of your prop­er­ty and what you are hop­ing to achieve. Cor­ner bifold options are available.

Have a ques­tion we haven’t answered? Get in touch and we’ll be sure to help