How to install a bi-fold door

If you are thinking of making changes to your home, you may be considering adding new patio doors or Windows. One of the most common additions in the last few years in bifold doors, especially at the rear of the properly. They can quickly transform a home, provide copious amounts of additional natural lighting and aluminium bifolding doors also come with the highest levels of security as standard.

Bi-folding doors can easily be installed into homes, maximising the living space and completely opening up the home.

Installation starts with the measurement process of the area you wish to add bi-folding doors and depending on the space a range of 16 different variations might be suggested depending on the size of the opening, the amount of concertinas and the glass panes.

Once this has all been agreed and the doors have been manufactured the frames and glass panels are delivered separate with all installation taking place on site.

Firstly, the door frame is located with the opening in the wall. Whilst this process is occurring, the very bottom of the opening is levelled using packers to ensure the doors sit on a perfectly flat surface. This is essential with a bi-folding door as any irregularities in the height of the opening with prevent the door from concertinaing correctly.

Once the bottom of the frame has been levelled and tested, the sides of the frame are then also packed in a similar way to ensure these are level too. These must be square and can be a time consuming job. If it is however rushed and not perfect, the door will not open or work at all and a costly replacement will have to take place.

Once it has been thoroughly tested and the engineers on site are happy with the surfaces, the next process of drilling into the fixing holes can begin. Care must be taken at this stage to ensure the fittings are all tightened and that the frame does not distort due to any additional added pressure. After the frame has been correctly inserted into the space, specialist equipment is used to install the glass panes, which are nearly always double glazed units.

A weather tight seal must be added using silicone such as Adshed Radcliffe sealants. These are designed for aluminium framing specifically and provide the high quality needed in this scenario. Once this has been completed, the protective tape should be removed to ensure a straight edge when the silicone dries.

Once all this has been completed, a thorough check of the door components including hardware should be undertaken. The door should be tested to ensure it concertinas properly and all keys and locking systems should be tested.

This step by step guide explains how bi-folding aluminium doors are installed in the UK. As you can see it is quite a time consuming process and there are multiple components which must be tested throughout the installation process to ensure everything works correctly. An error early on will mean your bi-folding door does not work.

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