Bi-Fold Doors: Your Most Common Questions Answered

Helping your customers and clients choose the right bi-fold doors for their home, and then weighing up your options against other suppliers, means you’ll no doubt have some questions that need to be answered.

Although every project is unique, and we can’t always predict potential variables, we have included some of the most common frequently asked questions below. 

In this post, we aim to provide clarity on our manufacturing processes and our high-performance bi-fold doors. After reading this, if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team or arrange a visit to our showroom. So, before going elsewhere, see if your questions are below.

We’ll cover:

What Materials Can Bi-folds Be Made From?

When choosing bi-fold doors for your next project, careful consideration needs to be made when looking at the aesthetics, longevity, security, and maintenance of the desired material of your bi-fold doors. 

Bi-fold doors are created primarily in three different materials: uPVC, timber, and aluminium. All materials offer different benefits and price ranges.

However, aluminium bi-folds are the most robust of all materials. This asset makes them the perfect choice for an array of projects. They may have a higher upfront cost, but they’re a long-term investment and are the best all-around choice.

Aluminium is more resistant to flex, expansion, and contraction, as well as many other incredible performance benefits.

Can Bi-folds Be Made to Any Size Specification?

All custom-made bi-fold doors are made to measure, and designed to fit a particular size of the opening. This will all vary from project to project.  

Including estimates for sizing will help us create an accurate quote for your bi-folds, whilst also highlighting opportunities and limitations with a design.

How Long Do Bi-folds Last?

All of our aluminium bi-fold doors are built to last. They are sleek, reliable, and have the highest performance qualities. Manufactured to perfection with a life expectancy of 40+ years, keeping your clients and customers happy

All of our aluminium bi-fold doors will exceed current building regulations, as well as meet future changes. As aluminium specialists, our job is to stay on top of any regulation updates, so we can pass that knowledge on to you and your clients.

Working with a manufacturer who offers high-quality bi-fold doors is a great way to position your offerings and reach higher-paying clients. For the clients searching for investment pieces, aluminium bi-fold doors will provide just that.

How Many Panels Can There Be In a Bi-fold? Do They Have Limitations?

The minimum amount of bi-fold doors is two, and you can have up to eight and beyond. The more panels there are, the more likely you’ll need to cater extra room for another track. The more doors you have, the higher the overall cost too.

Limitations can be present in every project, but our expert FrameX team will always be on hand to help and provide solutions. If you have a unique requirement, contact us today, so you can reframe your project with FrameX. 

Max* measurements available:

  • Max Door Leaf Width 1000mm
  • Max Door Leaf Height 2616mm 
  • Max Outer Frame Width 6000mm
  • Max Outerframe Height 2700mm 
  • Max Weight Per Door Leaf 100Kg 

*For guidance only – for all queries and larger sizes, please contact our expert team.

How Long Are Bi-fold Lead Times?

From the moment you get a quote to the process of installation, we offer a 3 week+ lead time. This allows us to customise your bi-folds effectively and accurately whilst also making any amends along the way. Demand for aluminium products is at an all-time high, which is why we keep you updated every step of the way throughout your order process. This helps you keep clients and customers in the loop, managing expectations.

Our lead times and expertise enable us to help you meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations. We always provide a seamless experience so you can make accurate decisions and delight your clients.

Even if you have questions along the way, we’re always here to help, and we understand the importance of quick turnaround times. 

Some factors do need to be considered in regards to lead time as they may impact it: configuration, material and specifications. Rest assured, we’ll maintain excellent communication at every stage so you can provide updates to your clients and keep your project timelines coordinated. 

How Do I Get a Quote?

We offer a same-day quotation for all queries we receive at no extra cost. All you’ll need to do is fill in the project description on our quote query page (right-hand corner of our webpage), and then leave the rest to us.

Within 24 hours, we’ll have created an estimated quote based on the details supplied. We’ll always aim to provide the most accurate quote and provide all the information you need to make an informed decision about your bi-fold doors from FrameX.

With every quote, we have the vision to provide exceptional results, excellent customer service, and expansion to any project.

How Much Will the FrameX Bi-fold Doors Cost?

The price of one bi-fold door project will differ from the next. However, our free quotation service will provide you with an estimate and enable you to make your judgement.

Keep in mind that some factors will impact the overall trade cost of your bi-fold doors. These include: specifications, material, configurations, thermal enhancement, size, colour or dual colourways, finishing touches and more.

Again, throughout every stage, we’ll always be transparent and honest, so you can outline the available budget, advise clients and decide accordingly. All of our prices also reflect the quality of our products, the expertise we provide and the customer service you receive.

What Guarantees Come With the FrameX Bi-fold Doors?

Although you’ll have the best intentions of completing a project with ease and error, things can crop up, and a manufacturing guarantee is essential. To give you and your clients peace of mind, we offer a 10-year warranty for all of our FrameX bi-fold doors.

Having a reliable warranty for your products will prove to be positive on the service you provide to clients as well as provide long-term loyalty benefits. However, the warranty you may receive may vary and be subject to specific terms, so always check with our expert team first.

What Colours Are Available for Bi-folds? What Customisations Are Available?

With every aluminium bi-fold door configuration, you’ll be able to choose from an extensive range of RAL colour options. You’ll be able to find the perfect selection for your project and create a bespoke outcome.

As well as a variety of colour options, we provide a variety of finishes and textures too, including metallic, textured or anodised finishes.

The possibilities are endless with our customisation options. You can customise the threshold, configuration, enhance the performance of your door with an additional polyurethane (PUR) thermal barrier, have singular or dual colourways and more. 

Aluminium bi-folds offer so many options. This will appeal to many clients searching for a bespoke and innovative outcome for their project. You’ll be able to uniquely design the doors in alignment with their expectations and bring a project and development to life.

What U-Value Do Bi-folds Provide? Are They Thermally Efficient?

Aluminium bi-fold doors provide incredible levels of thermal performance. However, our revolutionary suite of PURe® FOLD doors provides innovative and unbeatable levels of thermal efficiency. Above and beyond usual aluminium doors. 

PURe® FOLD doors utilise an additional thermal barrier manufactured from expanded polyurethane (PUR). This allows for ultra-low U values to be achieved (as low as 1.1 W/m2K). 

Are Bi-fold Doors Fitter Friendly?

Of course! All of our aluminium bi-fold doors are fitter friendly including easy gaskets. We ensure that the installation process is as easy as possible to ensure you’re one step closer to making the project completion date shorter.

As we’ve mentioned, we’re always here to provide guidance and answer any questions you have. So, you certainly won’t be left in the dark after dispatch.

What Configurations Are Available?

Bi-fold doors offer lots of flexibility that fit an array of spaces and offer exceptional performance. Our FrameX bi-fold doors can be customised and uniquely designed to fit almost any desired project. We aim to meet your standards so you can continue to delight clients and recruit new ones. As an estimate, here are some of the configurations we offer.

Expert configurations

  • Ali FOLD Single Door (Open out or open in)
  • Ali FOLD Double Door (Open out or open in)
  • Ali FOLD Folding SlidingDoor (Open out or open in)
  • Low Threshold Non Rebate (Open out or open in)
  • Floating Mullion option available
  • Heavy Duty option available
  • Thresholds options available

Are Bi-fold Doors Sustainable?

If your clients are looking for a sustainable supplier, look no further than FrameX.

All of our aluminium bi-fold doors are sustainable and 100% recyclable. We also aim to ensure we recycle all of the manufacturing offcuts too. 

As well as this, we’re continuously working hard to ensure we can do our bit for the environment and reduce the impact we’re creating as a manufacturer of high-quality aluminium doors.

We’re known for our industry-leading innovation, both for the exceptional products we create and our expert sustainability.

Ready to Re-Frame Your Project? Visit Our Showroom!

After reading this, we hope we’ve managed to answer some of your questions. Do you still have queries that need answering? 

Choosing the correct bi-fold doors with the perfect configurations can be challenging. But with experts on hand to help, you’ll make the right decisions within budget and tight deadlines.

Are you ready to explore aluminium bi-fold doors in more detail? Come down to our showroom, and we’ll show you in person. We’re aluminium specialists providing exceptional quality, expert service and excellent execution. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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