FrameX: Aluminium Specialists With Quality at Our Core

Quality is at our core, and it’s likely a priority for you too. Without high-quality products, successful long-term results can’t be achieved. Quality goes far beyond physical products too. It should be in the service, fine details, and the completed outcome you experience.

We’ll never compromise on the other important details – lead times, delivery, communication and more. But what can FrameX help you with? What makes us aluminium specialists? We’ve covered all you need to know here.

Let’s take a look at the following:

Quality Products

Quality products go hand in hand with quality results. If you want to produce great results, you won’t be able to do this without quality products – it’s a fact. Or if you do, they won’t withstand long-term, and you’ll encounter some costly mistakes.

Quality products have high endurance and resistance to time and weather conditions – providing long-term safety and product performance. A construction project or property with high-quality materials sits above the rest in life expectancy. Maintenance will be minimal, no hidden repair fees, and the property value will be increased.

At FrameX, we know the importance of performance, and we won’t ever let this slide. From quality control to high-calibre materials – we’ve covered it all. We ensure that high quality is present in everything we do, from the manufacturing techniques we use, the stringent checking procedures we have in place and the expert installation of products.

Excellent Customer Service – At Every Stage

From enquiry to completion – we’ll be here to help. We know that efficient communication keeps things ticking over, and it’s essential for your project. We won’t leave you in the dark about product and project updates  – we’ll be transparent, professional and importantly, honest.

Our vast industry knowledge and experience have equipped us with the expertise to deal with even the most complex queries efficiently and proactively. We know what works, and we know what doesn’t work. We can advise at every stage and provide our expert services where needed.

If you need product updates – give us a call. If you have an enquiry – get in touch. If you need to make amends to a project – we can help. Nothing is ever too much, and we’ll always do our utmost to add value to every project.

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Aluminium Specialists and Established Manufacturers

With high-end products and aluminium innovation, FrameX has a firm position in the fenestration industry, and we take pride in partnering with builders, architects, and housing developers.

We’re an established manufacturer and trade supplier of aluminium and uPVC windows, doors, roofs, and commercial glazing. Aluminium is at our core alongside quality, expertise and expansion.

Our recent investment of £350,000 has enabled us to fund some of the best equipment in the industry and upgrade to a 15,000 sq ft manufacturing facility. This has allowed us to upgrade our offerings, meet your expectations and speed up lead times (2-3 weeks on some of our products).

Although we’ve only recently invested, we continue to seek additional innovations, and we’re always wanting to improve our offerings so you can wow and delight your clients in the process. Any new innovations we launch or work on will be featured in our newsletter – so don’t forget to subscribe today.

Same Day Quotation and Trade Prices

We know that outlining fees and budgets for your clients can be an enduring challenge, but with our free, same-day quotation, you’ll be able to be transparent with clients, weigh up your options and set realistic estimates.

Outlining budgets is a professional imperative, and we’ll always aim to provide an accurate quote on the information you provide. Transparent fee schedules will ensure you can communicate to clients effectively and deliver precise results.

We’ll ask you to outline what products you’re interested in, the project description, drawings, or schedules you have and some basic contact information. Of course, budgets can change, projects can alter – so, this will be a quick quote to get you on track.

There are no hidden fees, and we’ll always aim to provide competitive trade prices. If you’re in the trade, are a builder, architect or property developer, we can help you meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations.

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Free Delivery (Within 100 Miles)

Free delivery isn’t a bonus – it’s a no-brainer for us. We know the importance of fast, reliable, and secure delivery.

From the moment an order is placed, we’ll keep you updated at every stage. We know how crucial it is to keep clients updated, so we’ll ensure the process is as streamlined as possible for you.

Before transit, we also have a rigorous quality check process. This ensures products are high-quality, meet specifications, and are packaged safely and effectively. Nothing will leave our warehouse before it’s had our expert approval first. 

Industry Updates

Knowing the ins and outs of the industry is important. Especially if it’ll affect the service and offerings you provide. But how do you sift through the information and find what’s relevant? With the help of our FrameX resources!

We’ve become a force within the fenestration industry, and our expert team is always looking for industry-relevant information to share. Whether that’s aluminium prices (12% increase in aluminium due from the 1st of May) or other industry-related news, we’ll keep you in the know.

We provide industry updates via our newsletter, on our social media channels and right here on the News page on our website. Don’t ever miss a thing, and make sure you’re subscribed. 

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If you want to experience high-quality products and service for yourself, come down to our showroom, and a member of our sales or technical team will be on hand to offer a coffee, advice, and answer any questions you have. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Aluminium Performance: Your Most Common Questions Answered

Aluminium is a popular material choice for a variety of commercial installations, and we know why – it’s innovative, robust, and high-performance. Although aluminium is a popular choice, questions are still asked regarding the performance of the material.

Making informed choices about materials is crucial – if you put a foot wrong, you could endure costly mistakes and upset your clients.

To see if aluminium is suitable for your project demands, and to get your queries resolved, take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we’ve compiled below.

We’ll answer:

Do I Need to Cater For Longer Lead Times for Aluminium Bi-fold Doors?

Once you’ve received a quote, we offer a 3 week + lead time. Although the demand for aluminium has reached an all-time high, we’ll be sure to keep you updated at every stage of manufacture to ensure you can manage client expectations effectively.


However, it’s essential to take into account additional time for amends, customisations, and other contributing factors that could extend the lead time. If we think your lead time might take longer, we’ll inform you and set efficient timelines to meet your expectations.

We have an expert and innovative manufacturing process that delivers exceptional results. Our lead times allow us to help you meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations. We’re always honest, transparent, and friendly.

What Are the Benefits of Aluminium?

We’ve recently conducted a fair comparison of three popular materials – aluminium, timber, and uPVC. In our comparison post, we outlined the pros and cons of aluminium, whilst also presenting the best material choice for aluminium bi-fold doors. So, if you want to find out more, make sure you give it a read.

However, it’s important to note that the benefits of aluminium are enhanced when manufactured correctly and expertly. If you compromise on choosing an aluminium specialist, you won’t receive the best value for money and may even risk the performance of your product.

If expertly manufactured, you’ll experience the following benefits and more:

  • Optimal security guaranteed: aluminium offers incredible levels of strength, offering high levels of safety and security from burglaries.
  • Robust: aluminium is known for its robust qualities, allowing it to stand the test of time in all weather.
  • Long-term investment: Aluminium requires less maintenance and repairs, and it could potentially increase the value of a property. 
  • Environmentally friendly: aluminium is 100% recyclable and, depending on the recycling process, it can retain all of its original properties. 
  • Precision-engineered: aluminium achieves its strength from its chemical composition during manufacturing. Once manufactured, it can cater to complex layouts.
  • Thermally efficient: aluminium bi-fold doors are thermally efficient profiles. They resist the elements, are incredibly waterproof and won’t warp, decay or rot over time. 
  • Diverse customisations available: the possibilities are endless! Whether you want different colours, handles, thresholds and more – you can customise aluminium products.

How Secure Are Aluminium Doors?

Aluminium is robust and designed for long-term results. Its sturdy structure ensures that it can withstand all weather conditions whilst also remaining strong in the event of a burglary or break-in.

Out of all materials (timber and uPVC), aluminium is the most popular choice for optimal levels of security. Aluminium creates a resistant physical barrier between the inside and the outside world. 

Aluminium frames won’t crack (like some cheap uPVC windows), and they can’t be sliced or cut through, unlike wooden frames. Even the most forceful attack would struggle to get through aluminium, especially with the addition of vigorous locks and fastenings.

Again, this is all determined by the manufacturer and supplier you choose. Choosing a high-quality and reliable supplier will ensure you receive the best levels of protection for your aluminium products.

Is Aluminium Thermally Efficient?

Aluminium is the most thermally efficient profile out of all materials. However, this is only present in modern aluminium frames. 

Modern aluminium products resist the elements, provide waterproof protection, and continue to provide thermal efficiency for years to come without warping, decaying, and rotting.

All of the FrameX aluminium products have thermal break technology. This provides a barrier between the inside and outside frame and keeps the heat locked in whilst also stopping condensation from forming. U-Values as low as 1.19 W/m2K when calculated as a CEN Standard door

When looking at aluminium products, keep this in mind to ensure you’re investing wisely and receiving the most thermally efficient products.

Is Aluminium Sustainable?

If your clients are on the hunt for sustainable and recyclable materials – aluminium is a perfect choice. Aluminium is the third most raw material on planet earth, and it’s extracted from the ground without any environmental impact. 

Aluminium is 100% recyclable, and at FrameX, we recycle all of the manufacturing offcuts too. As well as aluminium, we’re also working hard to improve the other areas of our business so we can work towards being a more sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturer. We’re known for our industry-leading innovation, both for the exceptional products we create and our expert sustainability.

Can Aluminium Be Customised? – Colour, Size etc.

Of course! However, there are limitations depending on the supplier and manufacturer you choose. At FrameX, we aim to meet your unique requirements and help you achieve a bespoke solution every single time.

As an example, with our aluminium bi-fold doors – the possibilities are endless. They are available in a range of colours, finishes, configurations, sizes, and they can suit a range of threshold options. Our bi-fold threshold options are – standard 83mm inc cill and low 50mm inc cill both weather rated. 

The maximum width leaf sizes for aluminium bi-fold doors go up to 1300mm wide using our tried and tested heavy duty gearing which can carry up to 125kg. All of our aluminium bi-fold doors are adjustable too and have adjustable hinge packers system as standard. 

The team at FrameX can provide expert advice when it comes to deciding on the perfect customisations and configurations for your project and client needs. We know what works and what doesn’t and we want to ensure you’re receiving quality products, quality service and quality results.

How Long Will Aluminium Bi-fold Doors Last?

When manufactured to perfection by our FrameX team, our aluminium bi-fold doors have a life expectancy of 40+ years. All of our products will exceed current building regulations and meet future changes.

If your clients are looking for products that are investment pieces whilst also withstanding the test of time – aluminium is the choice. 

Have More Questions? Get in Touch!

Could you not find your answer here? Do you need some other questions answered? Don’t worry – get in touch with us, and one of our expert team will be delighted to help you. We’re here to help and look forward to connecting with you soon.

How to Find a Specialist Aluminium Bi-fold Door Supplier for Your Project

No matter what commercial project you’re working on – choosing the correct supplier is essential. Making an informed choice will ensure things run smoothly, deadlines are met, and budgets are adhered to. 

Choosing the wrong supplier will be detrimental to the progress and completion of a project. It’ll slow things down, the quality will be lacklustre, and you’ll be compromising on the results you can achieve – upsetting and you may end up turning away clients in the long run.

Even if suppliers and manufacturers put in a tender and pitch for a job, it’s vital to be aware of the credentials you should be looking for. In this quick and handy guide, we’ve listed some of the considerations you need to make to help you identify any red flags and find the perfect aluminium bi-fold door supplier for your project.

We’ll explore the following considerations:

Research Expertise and Experience

When searching for an aluminium bi-fold door supplier, you should be researching their expertise and experience. 

Don’t be afraid to ask suppliers about their previous clients or ask to speak to previous businesses or architects who have worked with them. This is a great way to get an honest account of what the partnership was really like. References make all the difference when it comes to choosing a supplier. 

Also, don’t forget to look at their supplier’s thought leadership presence online. Consider looking at social media, website content, PR and industry reviews. It all contributes to a brand image. You could even explore their previous case studies for more insight too.

The chosen supplier you opt for will reflect on the services you provide. If you choose an inconsistent supplier who lacks expertise, knowledge and experience, this will reflect negatively on you – not the supplier.

Investigate Product Specifications and Quality

Quality is a priority, and it’s likely to be at the top of your list when advising and selling to clients. So, your supplier needs to be able to meet your expectations.

Remember, you don’t always get what you pay for. The price of something does not determine the quality. You need to ensure there’s a pre-agreed level of quality that you can rely on to ensure you can delight clients and provide great results.

The last thing you want and should be doing is marketing your products and specifications as high-end solutions when your supplier provides you with something different and low-quality. 

Quality refers to the physical product, the service you receive, the product specifications and more. Before signing any contracts, ensure you’re aware of all the offerings your supplier provides.

As an example, ask questions such as – are the products packaged adequately during transit? Can there be customisations made? What is the manufacturing process? And are items labelled accurately? As well as many more.

Ask About Trade Prices

This is probably the most obvious point out of all those listed here. However, it’s just as important as the rest. When choosing suppliers, you need to consider the cost. Cheap suppliers aren’t always the best value for money, and they may cause drawbacks further down the line with your project.

It’s essential to strike a balance between cost, reliability, quality and service. It’s important to shop around and see which supplier can offer you the perfect deal for what you need. Some suppliers may offer exclusive discounts, and you may also receive a lower price for bulk buying items of high quality.

Consider all the options you have, do your research and weigh up the pros and cons of each to avoid being disappointed.

Understand The Customer Service and Communication Process

Communication is key. Between you and your clients, and between you and your supplier. Your clients will likely want to know project updates, and they will pester you until you provide further information. Having a reliable supplier will ensure you can meet client expectations with timely updates, whilst also streamlining the rest of your project.

Your supplier should communicate honestly, and regularly, and give updates on delivery, customisations, feedback, and briefing. If a delivery is going to be late, you need plenty of warning, and if things are arriving on time, you can inform clients either way.

Communication and excellent customer service between you and your supplier are important for a good working relationship. It will also set the tone for the relationships you have with your own clients.

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Consider Location

Do you operate with local suppliers? Have you built your clientele upon the expertise in your area? 

Well, location is a big factor to consider too. Choosing a local supplier does have its advantages. Communication can be easier, deadlines are more likely to be met, product shipments won’t be delayed, lead times will be shorter, and they’ll be clued up on business rules and regulations.

If you can source local suppliers, it’s a no-brainer. You don’t want your supplier to complicate your project and create any additional costs. You need the process to be streamlined, professional, and reliable.

Check Lead Times

Settling realistic and reliable expectations is important – not only to aid the rest of your project but to inform your clients too. Flexible suppliers who work efficiently and quickly will ensure you can respond swiftly to clients and provide great results.

In some cases, you may need to meet changing customer demands and suggest edits and amends. Having a supplier that can aid that journey and still deliver exceptional outcomes is key.

Looking for suppliers that offer quick lead times without compromising on quality is fundamental. This will ensure you deliver excellent results, meet project deadlines, serve your clients efficiently and get value for money.

If you don’t check lead time expectations, you’ll delay your project, provide poor customer service and limit your offerings for future developments.

Visit Showrooms

The best way to gauge an understanding of your supplier is by attending their showrooms. You’ll be able to submerge yourself in their products, ask all the questions you have, and see samples in person. No waiting around for samples to arrive, see them there and then.

At FrameX, we welcome trade and commercial customers to our showroom to browse and ask questions. Based in the heart of Rossendale, Lancashire, come along and see our expert installation and exceptional quality and experience our excellent service.

Get Your Questions Answered and Gain Valuable Industry Insights Here

Choosing a reputable supplier isn’t an easy decision to make. However, we hope with the help of our recommendations, you’ll find the perfect supplier for your project and continue to delight clients.

If you have any questions in the meantime or you’d like to speak to a member of our expert team further – please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re aluminium specialists that help builders, architects, and property developers reframe their projects with excellent service, expertise, and exceptional results.

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Aluminium Bi-Folds: The 7 Performance Features To Know

Performance and quality are likely a priority for you when choosing products, alongside other quality indicators. If you’ve used aluminium bi-folds for your projects before, or you’ve worked with an installer who’s in the know, you’re probably already aware of some of the baseline performance features. 

It’s great to know the basics. But when your clients request more information beyond that, how will you relay that information back? With our article, of course. 

We’ve compiled all of the performance features you and your clients should know in this post for Ali FOLD and PURe® doors. The hidden gems, the high-tech capabilities, and the juicy extras to help you impress all clients and re-frame projects.

We’ll cover:

Ali FOLD and PURe® doors Configurations and Styles

Ali FOLD Bi-Fold Door

The Ali FOLD Bi-Folds are high-performance, cutting edge, and stylish aluminium doors. They’re customisable to suit a range of demands and available in nearly an unlimited range of colours to suit a variety of projects. They are also fully compatible with Senior windows and curtain walling.

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Available Configurations:

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

*Please see manuals for a full range of configurations.

PURe® Bi-Fold Door

The PURe® Bi-Fold Door range will exceed all expectations. It’s innovative, revolutionary and designed for maximum performance and style. They come in a range of configurations and sizes and are pre-finished in an almost unlimited range of colours and finishes both inside and out. They complement the PURe® window range perfectly, and they are fully compatible with Senior windows and curtain walling.

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  • PURe® FOLD Single Swing Door (open out or open in)
  • PURe® FOLD Double Swing Door (open out or open in)
  • PURe® FOLD Folding Sliding Door (open out or open in)

*Please see manuals for a full range of configurations.

The 7 Performance Features To Know

Triple glazed

Although this component isn’t aluminium focused, it’s still one to note down. Both Ali FOLD and PURe® doors can be manufactured with a double or triple glazed finish. The triple-glazed finish has an impressive thickness of 50mmm – enhancing thermal and acoustic insulation levels. Both glazing options differ in price, so check with your manufacturer for more details.

Long Service Value

Service value is without a doubt one of the most important performance indicators. After all, you need to know and understand how long your bi-fold doors will last and provide optimal performance.

With Ali FOLD and PURe® doors, there’s no need to worry. Long after installation, both door suites have a life expectancy in excess of 40 years. This is impressive, especially for those looking for robust, durable and sleek bi-fold door options. You need to inform your clients that aluminium bi-fold doors are a long-term investment.

Polyamide Thermal Barrier

Although both bi-fold door ranges offer incredible levels of thermal efficiency, PURe® doors deliver exceptionally high levels. PURe® utilise an integrated thermal break manufactured from expanded polyurethane (PUR) which allows ultra-low U values to be obtained.

PURe® offers incredible performance, but in simple terms – this technology creates a protective layer that prevents any potential conductive heat loss. It keeps the inside insulated and warm – even during the colder months. These doors will enhance energy-efficient standards you may have created whilst maintaining the sleek aesthetic.

Narrow Sightlines

Narrow sightlines are present on both bi-fold suites – this complements other window ranges, offering a sleek and polished aesthetic. In simple terms, to explain to your clients, narrow sightlines offer larger glass units – reducing vertical dividing sections and creating an uninterrupted view of the outdoors. More light indoors and a neater outdoor finish.

High-Performance Gaskets

Another performance indicator of PURe® Bi-fold doors that can obtain and improve heat insulation capabilities is high-performance gaskets as standard. The gaskets create a seal along the door frame and reduce the infiltration of sound, light, drafts, moisture, fire and smoke. This is essential when the bi-fold door panels are folded against each other and for increased safety and energy-efficient standards.

Although the gaskets are visible along the door perimeters, they are slightly unnoticeable to ensure a stylish and sleek aesthetic is always maintained. 

Low-U Values 

Both aluminium bi-fold ranges surpass energy levels and expectations and offer incredible U-Values as low as 1.19 W/m2K when calculated as a CEN Standard door. 

However, quality installation is important, and without it, you may compromise on the final U-Value achieved. On the other hand, if fitted correctly, these doors will meet energy-efficient standards. 

Robust Aluminium 

Aluminium, out of all materials, has the highest performance value. It’s low maintenance, durable, scratch-resistant, flexible, and weather resistant. Both bi-fold door ranges offer unparalleled aluminium benefits.

Come and See the Performance Features in Action!

Do you want to see some of these performance features in action? Why don’t you come down to our showroom and explore more? We’d be delighted to meet you. Give us a call to find out more.

In the meantime, if you have questions about bi-fold doors and the available configurations, you might find some answers in our previous blog article.

Which Material Is Best for Bi-Fold Doors: Aluminium, uPVC or Timber?

Stylish finish, panoramic views and versatility are a few of the benefits of bi-fold doors. They’re a popular choice for many projects because they’re customisable and durable, bringing a space to life. However, this is only possible with the correct material.

Choosing the perfect material for bi-fold doors is essential and if you don’t choose correctly, you’ll compromise on quality, aesthetics and, in the long run, frustrate your clients. All materials have benefits and drawbacks, and it’s important to know each one so you can make informed decisions for your next project. 

How do you choose the perfect material? What are the pros and cons of each one? Don’t worry, we’ve put a handy guide together with all the information you need.

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uPVC: Pros and Cons

Easy to clean and lower maintenance than timber, uPVC offers a variety of benefits. However, it equally has just as many drawbacks. Although plastic may be easy to maintain, it does look like a budget alternative, especially when manufactured into bi-folds.

Your clients want the very best, and so do you, so you can’t compromise on quality no matter the size of the build. It’s not a particularly robust material either. The structural appearance and performance of uPVC bi-folds can be flimsy. This isn’t ideal when structural stability and reliability are essential. But let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of uPVC in more detail.

Pros:

  • Affordable pricing: uPVC has a low upfront cost, so it’s easier to stay within the budget for the short term. 
  • Smaller properties: if panoramic views aren’t a necessity, uPVC is perfect for smaller builds.
  • Thermally efficient: some uPVC bi-fold doors can be more thermally efficient than other materials, but this differs between manufacturers and suppliers.

Cons:

  • Replacements required: although the initial upfront cost is cheaper, uPVC isn’t advised for the long-term. This material will need replacing more frequently, which could hike up the long-term costs.
  • No panoramic views: if you’re wanting panoramic views, uPVC bi-fold doors won’t achieve this. They have a smaller surface area due to their wide sightlines.
  • Loss of structural integrity: uPVC frames are more likely to warp affecting the aesthetic look and feel. This will also impact the thermal efficiency and performance of the bi-fold door.
  • Regular maintenance needed: although some uPVC doors come with a 10-year warranty, they can often look worn after only a few years and will require more upkeep than aluminium frames.
  • Sunlight exposure: uPVC can degrade when exposed to extreme sunlight. Although this isn’t always a concern in the UK, it’s worth bearing in mind. Anything that can affect the quality and longevity of a product is essential to know before purchase.

Different coloured uPVC frames, such as grey and black, are becoming more popular, as they have the appearance of aluminium. However, even in the UK sunlight, these can fade quickly, making them look outdated and worn.

  • Lack of flexibility: uPVC is less flexible in comparison to aluminium bi-folds. This will affect the overall performance of the bi-fold door and will cause limitations in the long term.

Limited customisations: uPVC bi-folds can be the least popular of the three materials because they are available in fewer colours and are typically bulkier in appearance.

Timber: Pros and Cons

Wooden bi-fold doors are the more classic option among the three. They work well for traditional builds. Although there are definitely some positives, the cons outweigh the pros. Wooden bi-fold doors are created with dated manufacturing methods and therefore come with limitations. 

Regular tedious maintenance is required, and timber is more likely to rot, warp, and bow. Whereas modern bi-fold doors can resist these problems if they’re correctly looked after and maintained. To put things into perspective, we’ve listed the main pros and cons below.

Pros:

  • Classic appearance: wooden or timber bi-fold doors are the most classic of all three materials. They offer a versatile appearance – whether they’re finished with a dark stain naturally highlighting the grain of the wood or painted a feature colour.
  • Natural insulator: timber is a great natural insulator whilst also being relatively strong and durable.

Cons:

  • High maintenance: timber will require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance is guaranteed both aesthetically and operationally. Regular checks every six months are recommended to ensure you notice any deterioration before it becomes a long-term problem. If not maintained, the finish can result in problems such as bowing and splitting.
  • Water leaks: although wood is tough, it is more susceptible to water leaks and contaminants. Over time, this will cause long-term defects – including exterior and interior damage. Again, this will contribute to increased maintenance costs.
  • Loss of structural integrity: timber frames absorb water compared to other modern materials – causing rotting and warping over time. Wood can also become infected with fungus and wood beetles requiring professional treatment – another costly consideration.
  • Higher price point: timber is one of the most expensive frame options you can choose. Although other modern frames are worth the investment and higher, it’s clear that timber has multiple drawbacks.

Aluminium: Pros and Cons

Aluminium bi-fold doors are precision-engineered, and they are designed to stand the test of time. They have slimmer frames and sightlines compared to other dated materials giving a sleek and modern aesthetic. 

Out of all materials, aluminium is the most robust, making it the perfect choice for a bi-fold door – optimal security, performance, and durability. Although aluminium does have some minor drawbacks, the positives will always outweigh the negatives, especially when it comes to longevity and performance. We’ve listed the fantastic benefits below and highlighted some of the negatives too.

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Pros:

  • Optimal security guaranteed: security is essential for any property and offering your clients optimal security is essential. Aluminium bi-fold doors will provide just that and more. This material offers incredible levels of strength, so it’s perfect for bi-folds, offering optimal levels of safety and security from burglaries.
  • Robust: aluminium is known for its robust qualities, allowing it to stand the test of time in all weather. While it’s sleek and modern in aesthetic, style never ever compromises over performance with aluminium bi-fold doors.
  • Long-term investment: although the initial cost of aluminium bi-fold doors is more than uPVC, aluminium is a cheaper long-term investment. Aluminium requires less maintenance and repairs, and it could potentially increase the value of a property. We must add – aluminium bi-folds are guaranteed to last up to 40 years!
  • Environmentally friendly: aluminium is 100% recyclable and, depending on the recycling process, it can retain all of its original properties. So if sustainability is a priority for your client, you can provide aluminium bi-folds as the perfect option or replacement.
  • Precision-engineered: aluminium achieves its strength from its chemical composition during manufacturing. Once manufactured, it can cater to complex layouts, offer exceptional levels of security, sustain aesthetic and operational performance and more.
  • Thermally efficient: aluminium bi-fold doors are thermally efficient profiles. They resist the elements, they are incredibly waterproof and won’t warp, decay or rot over time. They will keep the inside insulated without wear and tear. Aluminium bi-folds are fitted with thermal breaks -lowering the U-value and increasing overall thermal efficiency levels. Because aluminium is so robust, aluminium frames can be fitted with triple-glazing for added warmth.
  • Diverse customisations available: the possibilities are endless! Whether you want different colours, handles, thresholds and more – you can customise aluminium bi-folds with all of the added touches. After all, the small details can make a big difference. 
  • Low maintenance: aluminium bi-fold doors are designed to last, so minimal maintenance is required. They may only need occasional cleaning with light soapy water – make sure to check with your manufacturer for more details. 

Cons:

  • Higher price point: aluminium bi-fold doors have a higher up-front cost compared to other materials. However, there are good reasons for this, as listed above. Price points and budgets are important – so it’s worth noting this down when weighing up the positives and benefits of each material and comparing this to the budget available.

Our Verdict

In conclusion, the choice of bi-fold door your client chooses will be informed by their taste, needs, and priorities. It’s clear that aluminium bi-fold doors offer incredible levels of thermal efficiency, security and durability, whilst not compromising on aesthetics. They’re a clear winner in this comparison.

It’s important to consider both the pros and cons of all materials and compare these against budget, energy-efficient standards – and more. Some materials perform better in certain locations and settings, but if manufactured correctly and accurately, aluminium will present the most impressive long-term performance.

At FrameX, we’re aluminium specialists with quality, functionality and leading innovation at our core. If you’re in the trade, are a builder, architect or property developer, we can help you meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations.

Now you know the pros and cons of three different materials, you might be left with a few questions. Fear not, we’ve got an expert team always on hand to help answer queries you have. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

In the meantime, a few of your bi-fold door queries may be here, so make sure to check out our previous articles for more information and industry insight and expertise.

7 Ways to Recognise High-Performance Bi-fold Doors

Quality is everything when it comes to high-performance bi-fold doors. But how can you recognise what you’re buying is top of line and will keep your clients happy? Luckily for you, we’ve created this handy guide to help you decipher between the good, the bad, and the downright ugly when it comes to purchasing bi-fold doors.

We’ll take a look at:

  • Why quality matters when it comes to bi-fold doors
  • How to spot the difference between high quality and low quality products
  • 7 ways to recognise a high-performance bi-fold door

Why quality matters when it comes to bi-fold doors

Your clients want the very best – and you want the very best for them too. Whether it’s an extravagant extension or bespoke new build, your detailed designs need to be complemented by high quality fixtures and fittings – and certain types of windows and doors just won’t cut the mustard.

Bi-fold doors often replace huge parts of a structure – and for good reason too. This allows light to flood into a room, as well as creating a seamless journey between the outside and inside. Our clients’ homes are so important to them and we want to create an environment where they get to enjoy both the indoors and outdoors, without sacrificing on space or quality.

So why does quality matter so much when it comes to bi-fold doors? And how can you convince a client to take more notice? Sometimes it comes down to the fear factor. Poor quality bi-folds can affect the structural integrity of your building, leading all that hard work and design time to go down the drain. This means more expense in the long-run for your clients – and potentially damage to your own reputation.

From a performance perspective, poor quality bi-folds can potentially allow rainwater and draughts into a building, ruining any energy efficient standards you may have created, as well as truly scuppering the aesthetic. Lower energy efficiency means higher fuel bills for your clients too.

Security is another big factor when it comes to deciding on the right bi-fold. Poor performing doors can potentially be a security risk, with shoddy hardware and flimsy locks – and thieves finding it easier to break in. 

How to spot the difference between high quality and low quality products

So now we’ve taken you through why high-performance bi-folds matter, let’s investigate how to spot the difference between high quality and low quality products.

Low quality bi-fold doors will normally:

  • Be difficult to operate and open. Mechanisms might be stiff, or even too slack, causing functionality to be compromised
  • Be made from scrap aluminium, rather than full, high-grade aluminium billets. Scrap aluminium may be mixed with other materials to make it more substantial, which doesn’t always look as smooth when powder-coated
  • Only meet the set industry standards and won’t be future-proofed
  • Have poor quality hardware, such as handles, hinges, and mechanisms, causing them to fail and become a security risk
  • Not have a guarantee.

When dealing with high quality, high-performance doors, you’ll find:

  • They can keep their shape and will be smooth in both appearance and touch because of the high-grade billets used
  • They’re durable and long lasting because of a high quality powder-coated finish
  • You have a choice of thresholds, instead of standard building regulation ones
  • Sightlines are narrow to ensure all that light can shine through – without compromising on sturdiness and robustness
  • They come with at least a 10 year guarantee
  • They’re tested past PAS 24 and have additional security components.

7 ways to recognise a high-performance bi-fold door

Now you’re equipped with the dos and don’ts of bi-fold doors, let’s list the ways to recognise a high-performance bi-fold door and how this can benefit your clients.

  1. Brand reputation

First up is brand reputation. No, this isn’t a component of the actual bi-fold itself, but it’s certainly something you should keep in mind when choosing a manufacturer to purchase from. 

Take a look at reviews online and on social media to see what other companies think and the experience of dealing with them. This is a great way to get a feel for lead times and efficiency as well. You’ll also see a lot of reviewers commenting on the quality and finish of the products as well.

  1. Component quality

We touched briefly on this before, but it’s not just the performance of the door you should be examining, but also the components and hardware. Handles should be well designed, but the design should not sacrifice on the quality of the functionality. They should be strong and durable – and you should feel confident in using them and that your clients won’t be able to break them easily.

Hinges, gears, gaskets, and locking mechanisms should be tested extensively to ensure they meet, and then exceed, industry standards.

  1. Threshold variations

Being limited by threshold height means that your chosen bi-folds won’t be weatherproof for your clients. Your manufacturer should be able to offer you a choice of threshold types, both weathered and unweathered, to ensure you can make the right decision. And be careful – even some thresholds that may be sold as weatherproof can still allow water to come in.

  1. Lead times

Again, not related to the actual performance of your chosen bi-fold door, but you should feel confident that the manufacturer you’re working with will be able to offer competitive lead times, whilst still delivering on quality and performance. Extremely long lead times can be frustrating and put a project back, affecting other components of the development.

  1. Specifications

A high performing bi-fold door will come with a high level of specifications. This includes elements such as long life expectancy, narrow sightlines, low weather rated threshold, tested to the correct standards (and exceeding these standards), finished to the highest quality, and have high thermal values and barriers. You can read more about bi-fold doors specifications, options, and performance here.

  1. Safety and security

This is paramount when looking at a high-performance bi-fold door. Your clients deserve a decent level of security – and this can only be achieved through durable and correctly installed bi-fold doors. They should have multi lock systems and other robust components, such as secure hinges and handles.

  1. U-values

We want to make sure your clients are kept warm and comfortable – and only a high-performance bi-fold door, with superb thermal efficiency, will allow that. Thermal efficiency of bi-fold doors is measured in U-values and the lower the U-value, the better.

If you need high-performance aluminium bi-fold doors for your next project, speak to the experts at FrameX today. We offer same day quotations, as well as competitive lead times, and are more than happy to discuss any size of project. If you have any questions about bi-fold doors, see if we can answer them via our latest blog article.

The Price Increase of Aluminium: What You Need to Know and What This Means for You

Prices of aluminium have reached a record high – and have been steadily increasing since October last year. In fact, this is the highest aluminium has been since 2008. But what’s causing this increase and what does it mean for our own aluminium consumption in the UK?

According to Nicholas Snowdon, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, this increase in energy prices and fuel costs has created a “very oppressive environment” for industries in Europe, such as aluminium production. In order to turn alumni into the refined metal, we know as aluminium, a lot of energy is required to do so – and production companies simply can’t field the costs in order to fulfil their usual demand.

The energy crisis means that 900,000 tonnes of aluminium smelting capacity is now offline in Europe and Goldman Sachs is predicting a deficit of 2.2 million tonnes of the metal this year alone, with another 1.8 million tonnes deficit in 2023.

Why has the price of aluminium increased?

Situations in Ukraine, unrest in Guinea, and Chinese production have all brought on the price increase, as well as the ever-growing global demand. This is due to more and more companies looking to ‘go green’ – with aluminium being so lightweight, it’s becoming the material of choice for car manufacturers and other industries too. Aluminium is also extremely easy to recycle – although the price for secondary aluminium is now soaring too.

Although many industries are attributing the increase in prices to the Ukraine / Russia conflict, aluminium can easily be traced back to tense situations in China, where pollution is being scrutinised and industries are suffering at the current government’s hands. Electricity is also being rationed, which means the production of aluminium and other metals isn’t as fast as it used to be.

Environmental factors are a big part of the aluminium industry’s price rise. As the production of aluminium uses an extraordinary amount of energy, it’s not just China’s government that’s cracking down on the amount of aluminium produced. 

However, aluminium as a whole is a far ‘greener’ process of manufacturing than other metals. Secondary aluminium allows the product to continuously be recycled, reducing the need for further production. However, we don’t currently have enough scrap aluminium to make this process the ‘norm’ – and in the UK, we often export a lot of aluminium scrap to China. 

We’re also still seeing the effects of Brexit, especially when it comes to supply. Delays in deliveries and difficulties with shipping have caused backlogs of jobs – and end-users are demanding compensation. This has to be absorbed elsewhere, often meaning increasing costs for other customers in the future.

What about consumer demand for aluminium windows and doors?

It’s not just industry demand and fuel consumption that are generating a shortage in aluminium; consumers are becoming more savvy and realising that this durable and robust material is preferred over the likes of uPVC and wood.

The demand from consumers was also unpredictable – and, of course, we couldn’t go without mentioning the pandemic. After March 2020, we saw a huge increase from consumers for home improvement services and products, including windows and doors. Although many households were hit negatively by furlough schemes and wage decreases, these same households were also saving money on petrol costs and, well, life. Staying at home led consumers to evaluate their living conditions and, for many, that meant making some much needed changes. In fact, more than 5% of UK households anticipated making home improvement changes during the pandemic – that’s around 2.5million people.

How will the price increase affect the supply of aluminium windows and doors?

The general cost of living is increasing exponentially – and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. With everyday products, such as food in aluminium cans, we can expect to see seemingly innocuous increases in prices – but for larger products, such as aluminium windows and doors, the costs can potentially filter down from supplier to install, and then to end-user.

But with such high demand for aluminium windows and doors by consumers, they’re prepared to pay more for better quality. Aluminium windows are far more energy efficient than their uPVC counterparts too – and with such hikes in energy prices for households across the country, clients and end-users are likely to demand the best material to keep these bills down.

Aluminium is also used in the majority of hardware and components for doors and windows too. The lightweight material creates a luxurious feel, without sacrificing security, making it the go-to for handles, hinges, locking mechanisms, and brackets. End-users must be prepared to absorb the rise in prices for these elements too.

At Framex, we’re prepared to keep our pricing as competitive as possible for our customers, as well as meet supply and demand in a reasonable time frame. Although there are tricky situations to navigate currently, UK businesses continue to thrive and we’re on hand to make sure that demand is met.

Bi-fold Doors: Specifications, Options and Performance Explained

If you want to use bi-fold doors in a project, you’ll need them to meet your client’s practical and aesthetic expectations. After all, you need to deliver exceptional results and provide the perfect addition to your customers’ homes.

Sleek, robust, and cutting edge, bi-fold doors come in different materials, configurations, and specifications. Choosing the right door(s) for your development is crucial. To aid your decision-making process, we’re going to explain some of the factors you need to consider in this post. 

Do you need aluminium, uPVC, or wood? Are you looking for short lead times? Whatever it is, we’ve covered it here. 

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Lead Times

We know how important lead times are, and they seamlessly have to align with your expectations and the deliverables of your project. Whether you’re a builder, architect, housing developer, project manager and more, lead times are the first thing you should consider when exploring bi-fold door configurations.

Lead times vary between suppliers and manufacturers, and different configurations, material and colour options will determine how long it takes from manufacture to delivery. The more complex a design is, the longer the lead time.

Using an experienced and reliable supplier and manufacturer will enable you to meet tight deadlines, have efficient communication along the way, and correct errors and amends swiftly.

Out of all of the material options, aluminium bi-fold doors offer exceptional performance, durability and optimal U-value. However, the higher the quality, the longer lead times can be expected.

At FrameX, we align with you and your project deadlines. We’re transparent, experienced, and knowledgeable. We put our customers first and ensure we meet lead time expectations, whilst also helping you match your budget.

We offer unparalleled customer service at every stage – from enquiry to delivery. We’re aluminium specialists with exceptional quality, service, installation and execution at our core. So, if you’re looking for aluminium bi-folds, you’ve landed in the right place.

Product Specifications

Bi-fold doors offer all different levels of quality, engineering, performance and styling. Depending on the manufacturer you choose, will determine the specifications you receive.

Out of all materials, aluminium extrusions offer the highest quality performance. They have high thermal values and barriers, excellent singular or dual powder-coated finish options, and fantastic levels of security (as well as other specifications).

To meet the latest industry standards, high levels of security, manufacturing, finish quality, design, and U-value have to be maintained. At FrameX, we go above and beyond to meet industry and individual project standards. We’re aluminium specialists with exceptional quality at our core.

Here’s some of the specifications you can expect from our high-quality bi-fold doors:

Exceptional key features

  • 40+ years life expectancy
  • 123mm sightlines
  • Low weather rated threshold
  • Adjustable
  • Fitter friendly including easy gaskets
  • 100% recyclable 
  • Fully compatible with all windows and curtain walling

Excellent performance

  • Tested to PAS24:2012 Enhanced Security, BS6375 Part 1 Weather, BS6375 Part 2 Operation & Strength, BS6375 Part 3 Annex A. Exact performance varies depending on the configuration
  • Able to receive double or triple glazing up to 48mm for maximum thermal and acoustic performance
  • U-Values as low as 1.19 W/m2K when calculated as a CEN Standard door.
  • Polyamide thermal barriers are manufactured in accordance with PA66 GF25.

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

*Please see manuals for the full range of configurations.

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Exterior and interior colour options

We offer an almost unlimited range of colours and finishes both inside and out. Our bi-fold aluminium doors are built to last and offer low maintenance with a powder coated aluminium finish, and a polyamide high-performance thermal barrier.

For all aluminium bi-fold doors, the full suite of RAL colours is available. You can also choose from varying finishes: satin, gloss, matt, metallics, or textured. Whether you want a dual or singular colourway (inside and out), we have an excellent variety of colourway options to choose from.

From classic colours to neutral tones, the colour palette we provide has something for every project. All of the colours can be ordered to align with your deadlines, so you have your high-quality bi-folds for when you need them. 

Experienced manufacturing methods

As part of our ambitious plans for 2022, we’ve invested more than £350,000 into new premises and machinery to revamp our manufacturing operation and utilise the latest methods and procedures. 

This has enabled us to delight customers, meet your lead time expectations, and produce some of the highest quality products in the industry. Our manufacturing process is tried and tested and has sustainability at its core to deliver accurate, strong, and precise delivery every single time.

In particular, our Ali FOLD doors are constructed using mitred corners, joined with crimped or mechanical cleats; alignment chevrons assist in clean, accurate mitres. A proprietary sealant is used on all metal joints to achieve accurate outcomes.

Configurations

The configuration you choose for your project will contribute to the overall cost, expected lead time, and layout of a development.

If a project requires greater levels of view, larger panels will be required to achieve this. Using more door panels and complex configurations will hike costs up and extend the expected lead time for manufacture. However, all configurations are individual and need to suit the desired outcome you’re developing. 

Do you need a traffic door? Do you need open in, or open out? Do you need to cater to internal space? Once you’re aware of this, you can consider the ideal configuration – the total number of door panels and the folding direction left, right or both ways.

Bi-folding doors are available in single, two-pane and up to six or more if required, but they’re available in a choice of configurations and sizes, specific and individual to each project.

Different bi-fold configurations do have limitations. But if you’re aware of this, you’ll be able to find the perfect solution for your project. As an example, bi-fold configurations with an even number of panels don’t allow for a master or traffic door.

However, an odd number of doors will come with multipoint locking (great for extra security) and can cater to a master or a traffic door. This configuration is usually better for larger spaces and projects.

No matter which option you choose, all of our FrameX aluminium bi-fold doors are high-performance and slim. The sleek frames create great sightlines, with a high tech roller design.

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.

Threshold Variations

Another factor to consider when choosing your bi-fold doors is the threshold options. Thresholds form the bottom of a doorway and protect the inside of a property. They are weatherproof and designed to prevent the outdoor elements from coming in.

Choosing the correct threshold is a vital decision, and it affects both the functionality and appearance of a bi-folding door. Of course, with every other element of the bi-fold door, these are customisable to suit your budget, taste, and requirements.

There are two styles of threshold – a low/flush threshold and a standard threshold. 

  • Low threshold without a sill
  • Low threshold with a sill
  • Standard rebated threshold set on a sill
  • Standard threshold without a sill

Low threshold

For a seamless appearance, the low threshold option is a perfect choice. Low thresholds eliminate trip hazards and are well suited to properties that require mobility access. However, the only drawback of this threshold is it’s designed for sheltered spaces only as it doesn’t provide high levels of weather protection.

Standard threshold

A standard threshold provides the highest level of weather protection with a sleek aesthetic appearance. This threshold is perfect for all properties affected by the outdoor elements, and they prove to be the most popular.

Choosing the right doors for your project can be a complex process. But with the help of our informative resources, we hope they aid your decision-making process.

Re-Frame Your Project With FrameX. Get in Touch Today!

After reading this, we hope you’re more familiar with the different specifications, options and performance indicators of bi-fold doors. 

If you still have questions or are keen to explore our FrameX bi-fold doors in detail – don’t hesitate to contact us. We have the vision to provide exceptional results, excellent customer service, and expansion to any project. We look forward to hearing from you!

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FrameX Bi-Fold Doors: Exceptional Quality, Expert Service, Excellent Installation

Are you looking for quality products, innovative manufacturing methods, and quick lead times? Are you looking for bi-fold doors that provide excellent performance and meet your budget expectations? Look no further.

If you’re trade, an architect, or property developer, we can help you meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations. We’re aluminium specialists providing exceptional quality, service, and project installation.

In this post, we’re going to explain more about our innovative services and we’ll cover why you should consider FrameX as part of your next project – no matter the size.

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Made Locally

If you want more flexibility, have greater control over the manufacturing process, endure fewer supply chain costs and issues, look no further than FrameX. We’re a UK based business that takes pride in helping develop projects across the country. 

In contrast, if you don’t opt for a local business and choose a distant supplier, you’ll have to cater to longer delivery times and additional freight costs. 

Price, delivery, and quality are important and choosing a local supplier, like FrameX, will ensure these expectations are met with ease.

Excellent Lead Times

From quote to installation, our lead times start from 3 weeks. This will allow you to customise your bi-folds, align our products with your budget, and make any amends.

We provide a seamless and transparent experience from start to finish so you can make the right decisions, delight your customers and meet tight deadlines and budgets.

If you have questions along the way or need expert advice, we’re here to help. We’re a business that understands how important quick turnaround times are. So, we’ll always aim to meet your needs.

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Same-Day Quotation

Do you want to enhance your project with high-quality products? Are you looking to add expansion to your development, but need price points first? Then a same-day quotation from FrameX is there for you to use at no extra cost.

Once you’ve provided us with the correct information about your bi-fold door requirements, we’ll go away and create an estimated quote based on the details supplied, in less than 24 hours.

We’ll aim to provide the most economically advantageous quote, so you and your clients can make the most from the budget available.

Exceptional Service

Providing exceptional service is one of the foundations we focus on at FrameX. We are open, honest, reassuring and transparent throughout every stage. Whether you’re enquiring about a quote or need to amend your order, we’re here to help.

Our industry experience and high-level expertise equip our team with the knowledge they need to rectify problems and provide professional support. We know what it takes to complete a project. We understand the pressures, the importance of lead times, quality and budgets.

So, with our expert team always on hand to help and answer questions, you won’t feel out of the loop, and you’ll be able to update your clients effectively and efficiently to provide the best service possible.

Aluminium Specialists

As we’ve covered in previous articles, aluminium bi-fold doors may offer a higher upfront cost, but they provide a long-term investment. Bi-fold doors offer exceptional performance and excellent levels of thermal efficiency.

To maximise the quality of aluminium bi-folds, you need to choose an aluminium specialist who utilises the latest manufacturing methods and procedures. Otherwise, you’ll compromise the quality of the product and increase the chances of costly repairs – something your clients and customers might not like

At FrameX, we’re innovative aluminium experts who have a passion for innovation, product performance, and quality. We provide premium bi-fold doors with a 40+ years life expectancy. Our recent investment of £350,000 has enabled us to fund some of the best equipment in the industry. So we can meet your deadlines effectively, and you can wow your clients in the process.

Free Delivery (Within 100 Miles) + Fitter Friendly

Are you within a 100-mile radius of us? Great! Once we’ve confirmed the order and have the manufacturing process confirmed, you’ll be eligible for FREE delivery within 100 miles. If you’re outside of this radius, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, however, as we’re more than happy to discuss any projects with you, regardless of location.

Our products are carefully packaged ready for dispatch to ensure they arrive in exceptional condition. We follow a strict quality checking process to ensure nothing leaves our warehouse and factory without being thoroughly checked first.

We accurately wrap handles, hinges, and the finer details. We know the importance of quality, and we’ll always ensure to deliver the highest levels of service.

All of our aluminium bi-fold doors are fitter friendly, including easy gaskets. We make it easier for bi-folds to be installed, so the process of a completed project is considerably shorter. 

40+ Years Life Expectancy

With a life expectancy of 40+ years, all of our aluminium bi-fold doors will easily exceed current and meet future building regulations. They’re sustainable and built to last, whilst also looking sleek and trouble-free performance.

Aluminium bi-folds are a long-term investment for any project. With their exceptional life expectancy, they’ll serve a variety of spaces for decades to come. With minimal care and maintenance required, they also tick the boxes for an array of clients.

A 40-year life expectancy is a great way to impress existing clients and new ones. If someone is looking for a timeless addition to their project and they’re looking for high-performance, aluminium bi-folds are the solution.

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Unlimited Range of Colours and Finishes

With almost an unlimited range of colours and finishes to choose from, you’ll be able to provide the perfect selection for your project. Whether you want singular or dual colour options, you can choose from an extensive range of RAL colours.

Our array of colours and finishes enables you to create a unique and bespoke outcome every time. This will allow you to work with higher-paying clients and deliver exceptional and innovative results.

The more complex your design is, the higher the costs will be. However, we’ll be completely transparent with you and ensure you’re aware of additional costs, from the get-go. 

Choice of Configurations and Sizes

Do you need a traffic door? Are you looking for an open in, or open out? Do you need to cater to internal space? Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you choose the correct configuration for your client and project.

If you need larger bi-folds or you’re looking to experiment with threshold options, we’ll advise and guide you in the correct direction. This will ensure you get the most accurate outcome and value for money.

With a selection of customisations to choose from, you’ll be able to create bespoke designs and solutions for an array of clients. This is valued in the industry, and it’ll broaden your connections and client base. The possibilities are endless with the expert team at FrameX.

Thermal Enhancement Options

Aluminium bi-fold doors already offer exceptional levels of thermal performance. However, with our revolutionary suite of PURe® FOLD doors, thermal efficiency is enhanced and increased.

The PURe® FOLD doors have an additional thermal barrier manufactured from expanded polyurethane (PUR), allowing ultra-low U values to be achieved (as low as 1.1 W/m2K).

PURe® doors exceed current and will meet future building regulations. They’re a simple way to achieve unbeatable thermal performance in a cost-effective way, helping to futureproof your clients’ projects and buildings.

Sustainability (100% Recyclable Doors)

Leading on from our previous point above, PURe® FOLD doors have already been used for many years in the construction industry to provide insulation, and they’re also 100% recyclable.

Not only that, but we also aim to improve our carbon footprint company-wide. From the products we create, to the processes we use to manufacture. We have a passion for improving our impact on the planet whilst still delivering exceptional results for all.

Going forward, we aim to work on our sustainability efforts and continue to recycle our offcuts, leftover materials, and waste. We’ll continue to inspire those who work with us and purchase from us too. 

For Quality Products, Quality Service, and Quality Results – Choose FrameX!

If you’ve got questions that need answering or you want to learn more about our bi-fold door offerings and more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. We’d love to help you re-frame your next project with the addition of high-performance FrameX bi-fold doors.

In the meantime, if you want to do some more research, check out our resources and get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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.

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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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