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How Bi-folding Doors Work and Why They Will Work For You!

How Bi-folding Doors Work and Why They Will Work For You!

Bifold doors are a great way to bring the outdoors in, helping exterior spaces function almost as an additional room. Although ideal for extended spaces such as conservatories and outward extensions, they also function impeccably in existing kitchens, dining or living areas. Glass Openings’ bi-folding doors are versatile and renowned for the ability to transport any space into modernity. Our bifolds combine great design and presence, with practicality and functionality.

Essentially, bi folding doors are made up of multiple panels that fold back on themselves in order to open up an entire aperture. They use a simple tracking system that runs along the panels, which are connected on a train. The doors are fitted to runners, and when opened they slide and fold almost simultaneously for a seamless operation.

Depending on the configuration chosen, a bifold may feature what is known as a ‘traffic door’. A traffic door rests on a normal hinge and has a standard lever handle. In such an instance, there is a door at one end of the bifold that can function like a normal entrance door would. The main advantage of this feature is that it facilitates the usage of the bi folding door without the need of having to slide or fold all the other panels unnecessarily.

Bi-folding doors without a traffic door have an even number of panels with all panels folding to one side or with a fragment in the centre from which the doors fold to either side. Most bifold doors will have anywhere between two and seven panels, all of which will be connected with hinges and attached to the roller track at the top or bottom of the door. This ensures that the manoeuvrability is not only effortless but that the door is robust and sturdy whether opened or closed.

There are two types of systems, one has a lead door and the other does not. The lead door contains the locking system and provides access to the outside of your property.

  • Systems with a lead door - To open all the doors, unlock the lead door. Open it fully and attach it to the adjacent door using the magnetic keep. Then, rotate the slave handles to release the remaining doors.
  • Systems without a lead door - Systems without a lead door can be split into two halves in the middle so that both sets open outwards from the centre. In this situation, the middle set of doors act as an access point.

The benefits of bi-folding doors include but are not limited to:

  • Illusion of extra space
  • Ingress of mass amounts of natural light
  • Opens room up to the outside
  • Impressive functionality
  • Impeccable security
  • Slim design and aesthetically pleasing
  • Energy efficient and therefore more eco friendly
  • Large range of colour options

Still not sure how bifold doors work?

Find out more about our express bifolds range at Glass