Torn between a new bifolding or sliding door for your home? We suggest that you consider a Frameless Bifolding Door.
Only the unique slide and pivot opening action of a frameless bifolding glass door can provide you with the benefits of both a sliding door and a bifolding door.
The special way a frameless bifolding door slides and pivots is far better than a regular aluminium bifolding door and provides more advantages than a sliding patio door. We also believe that they look cleaner, sharper and better.
Frameless glass doors – as good as a bifolding or sliding door.
Frameless Glass Patio Doors OxfordBoth bifolding doors and sliding patio doors have their advantages and compromises. A bifolding door is ideal for opening up an entire wall but in the closed position gives you many door panels and lots of visible aluminium.
A sliding patio door will give you lots of glass, better views and fewer visible mullions. However, unless the doors slide completely into a wall, you will only get 60% of the doors as a full opening to enjoy.
Frameless doors give you both the full structural opening and the lack of visible mullions. However, they also do more.
Frameless doors look better and work better than bifolding or patio doors.
One of the biggest trade-offs with an all-aluminium folding door is the amount of visible hardware. If you are looking for doors that look clean and slick, the protruding prominent hardware on a regular door is very noticeable.
A bifolding door will show much more than a sliding door, where usually only the pull handles are in view. Study a folding door carefully, and you’ll see several critical components inside and out that clutter up what is supposed to be a modern looking door. Here is what components you will find visible on a folding door that you do not see on a frameless bifolding door.
Visible door hinges.
A conventional bifolding door needs two or three hinges that connect the panels to each other.
Some doors offer smaller hinges than others. Other bifolding door providers have tried to make the hinges more discreet by colour matching them. The other disadvantage of the hinges is that when the doors are folded back together, they can take up quite a lot of space.
Visible door magnets.
Regular bifolding doors use magnets to keep the doors together when fully folded back.
Some systems provide quite discreet (but weaker) magnets; others provide heavy metal ones in contrasting colours that stand out. Frameless glass doors do not rely on any face applied magnets to keep the doors together. Each leaf is designed to stay open at 90 degrees when the doors are opened.
Visible pull handles and lever handles.
Any conventional bifolding door bigger than three panels needs extra intermediate handles. Each extra door leaf needs a lever handle and an additional pull handle. The lever handle is required to lock the middle leaves, and the D handles are used to pull the doors together before you can lock them.
All lever handles and D handles are different. Some are separate; some are combined, and some even have additional cylinders and keys. Frameless bifolding and sliding doors do not. There are no additional locking points required.
Visible rollers and guides.
Standard aluminium doors have visible running gear such as rollers and guides. With some products, these can look very bulky indeed and are completely exposed.
Frameless glass doors rely on clever engineering with hidden hardware and other components enabling our doors to slide, turn and fold effortlessly.
Frameless glass doors have only one handle.
Study a frameless bifolding door, and the first thing you will notice is hardly any visible hardware. No hinges, no lever handles, no intermediate handles. In fact, the only handle a frameless glass door needs is the main handle that locks the traffic door.
The ingenious way our frameless glass doors are designed means you get all the security of a conventional aluminium bifolding door with none of the visible aluminium it needs to be secure and none of the additional hardware.
Best of all our frameless glass doors are tested to the latest security and weather standards providing protection and peace of mind.
By comparison, a patio door will be fitted with either one or two handles, but to lock and move such heavy doors often requires and large and bulky handle.
A bifolding door and a patio sliding door in one frameless door.
Our frameless bifolding doors give you no visible mullions, no visible hardware and the folding and sliding operation of both a bifolding door and a sliding patio door.
If you would like to see one of our doors in action or would like further information, please contact us.
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