Bi-fold patio doors can make a beautiful addition to any property, but with so many different styles and materials on the market, it’s important to choose the right bi-fold patio door for your home.
What Are Bi-Fold Doors?
Bi-fold doors are made of several panels that slide open along a track and fold up in a concertina style. Bi-fold patio doors are glazed with glass to allow light to pass through and are well-suited to both interior and exterior spaces.
Bi-fold patio doors are a unique solution to creating semi-permanent open plan living areas, or accessing more of your walk-in wardrobe.
External bi-fold patio doors are usually found at the back of a property, as a means of showcasing a garden in bloom, allowing more light into the property, and making better use of outside space during the summer. Bi-fold doors can vary in size, starting from just under two metres wide to over four.
How To Choose Bi-Folding Doors
Internal Bi-Fold Doors
Not just for patio use, bi-folding doors add value to other areas of the home too. Because bi-fold doors fold back on themselves, bi-fold patio doors are inherently space saving. This makes them perfect for connecting and dividing rooms within your property, without compromising on accessibility.
Enhancing natural light, they can create the illusion of a larger space from within a smaller room, owing to the visibility of larger rooms elsewhere. And when you don’t want these areas to be visible, bi-fold patio doors can also be fitted with blinds or curtains for added privacy.
External Bi-Fold Doors
If you choose to have bi-fold patio doors fitted as an external door, there are more benefits than first meets the eye. Open up your kitchen to a summer breeze and enjoy an alfresco dining experience, which can still be enjoyed even if the weather changes.
External bi-fold patio doors are also the perfect solution to making better use of your outside space. They can be folded back to reveal additional outside seating, which blends seamlessly in with the interior.
A wonderful addition to any summer party, these doors allow you and your guests to make full use of both the internal living and external garden areas.
UPVC Bi-Fold Patio Doors
UPVC bi-fold patio doors require the smallest initial outlay and require little maintenance in comparison to timber framed bi-folds, as UPVC doesn’t warp or rot when exposed to the natural elements.
UPVC is available in a wide variety of colours and finishes, which means you aren’t just limited to the classic white frames.
Aluminium Bi-Fold Patio Doors
Aluminium bi-fold patio doors are more expensive in comparison to UPVC bi-fold doors, but you certainly get what you pay for.
Aluminium is an inherently strong material, which means that aluminium bi-fold patio doors often have thinner frames, but can still carry the same amount of double glazed glass as UPVC and timber bi-folds.
This gives your bi-fold doors a sleeker appearance, so aluminium bi-fold patio doors are perfect for maximising the amount of light coming into your home.
Aluminium’s strength also means that aluminium bi-fold patio doors will retain their shape much better than their UPVC or timber counterparts.
Aluminium bi-folding doors are highly durable, being able to withstand all weathers with discolouration or warping, which makes aluminium bi-folds ideal for exterior patio doors.
Timber Bi-Fold Patio Doors
Think bi-fold doors are only suited to modern builds? Think again. Timber framed bi-folding doors are the perfect addition to any period-style property.
They tend to be more frame heavy, but they still let in plenty of natural light and can be painted or stained to suit your interior.
They are perhaps the most desired in terms of appearance, however, they do require regular painting and sealing every few years to ensure the wood doesn’t warp out of shape.
Warping causes gaps and draughts to appear, so regular maintenance of timber bi-fold patio doors are a must to ensure the doors remain in good working order.
‘Engineered timber’ doors, which are made from a combination of wood, metal, and plastics, and are significantly stronger than solid timber framing.
How Much Do Bi-Fold Patio Doors Cost?
UPVC bi-fold patio doors are the most affordable option. You can expect to pay between £1,200 and £1,950 for these.
Prices for aluminium bi-fold patio doors range from £1,700 to £2,500, and at the top of the market are the bi-fold with timber frames, which can cost anywhere between £1,400 and £2,700 depending on the door’s dimensions and how many panels you have.
VAT and installation costs must also be factored in, so in total refitting a large doorway with a new bi-fold patio door costs between £4,000 to £5,000.
Installation takes less than a day, provided you already have a doorway large enough to accommodate the bi-fold door. If you don’t have this, it can be created, but keep in mind that installation will be longer, and be more expensive.
FAQs About Bi-fold Patio Doors
How secure are exterior bi-fold patio doors?
Bi-fold patio doors are in fact more secure than traditional French or sliding patio doors. Most bi-fold doors are fitted with a multi-point locking system, as well as an inline tracking system, which makes it harder for intruders to lift the doors out of their mechanism. Bi-fold patio doors can also be fitted with twin-point, dropbolt, childproof or keyed locking systems.
How thermally efficient are bi-fold patio doors?
Bi-fold patio doors have high thermal efficiency, so you won’t be sacrificing warmth for the sake of style if you decide to have bi-fold doors installed. Aluminium bi-fold doors are fitted with a thermal break to stop heat escaping, and timber bi-fold doors are often made with an engineered core to minimise heat loss. It is also recommended that external bi-fold patio doors are fitted with double glazed glass to further improve thermal efficiency.
Do I have to open fold back all the panels every time I need access?
No, often you can fold just one panel back for everyday use. This is known as a traffic door. Bi-folds commonly slide in pairs, and in the case of an uneven number of panels, one can be used in a similar way to a traditional hinged door.
How does installing bi-fold patio doors affect my property’s resale value?
Installing bi-fold patio doors can not only allow more light into your home, but they can also be a stylish way of creating an open-plan space, both in and outside the house. External bi-fold patio doors can also frame a well-tended garden or patio area beautifully, and become a desirable feature that potential buyers are looking for.
Bi-Fold Door Prices
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Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
What Happens if I Have a Problem with my Windows or Doors?
All of the double glazing installers in our network offer product guarantees. Provided you are still covered by your manufacturer's guarantee, all you need to do is contact the installer in question and they will either repair or replace your windows and doors.
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Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?
Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.
How Much Do Doors Cost?
Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.
What Colour Options are Available?
There is a wide range of colour options available including both standard and bespoke colours and finishes. Aluminium windows and doors even come available in a RAL colour chart which gives you an infinite choice.
Why Should I Choose One Of Your Installers?
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How Long Do Aluminium Windows Last?
Aluminium windows have a long life span and should last about 20-30 years. Any type of window will require some maintenance but overall aluminium windows are extremely strong and durable.
What Colours Do Aluminium Windows Come in?
There is an infinite range of aluminium colours available for your windows and doors. The aluminium RAL colour chart consists of virtually any colour you could think of, allowing you to achieve the perfect look for your home.
What Are U-Values?
A U-value measures how effective a window or door is as an insulator of heat. The lower the U-values the more energy efficient the aluminium window or door is.
Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?
When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.
How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?
If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.
How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?
Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.
Can I Have Front Doors With Glass?
Entrance doors come in a wide range of designs for your home, including a choice of side panels and glazing. Your double glazing installer can offer you a range of front door designs with glass.
Are UPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?
UPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a UPVC door rot or warp!
Do You Do Replacement Front Door Locks?
The majority of our double glazing installers do provide replacement front doors and replacement front door locks. Please call one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679.
What Are Composite Doors Made Of?
Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.
Do Composite Doors Fade?
Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.
Do Composite Doors Need Painting?
Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.
Do Composite Doors Warp?
A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.
Can I Get Composite Side Panels?
Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.
Is Every Composite Door Different?
There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.
Can I Choose Custom Glass?
You can choose from a wide range of custom glass. Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice of glass types and glazing designs so you can choose custom glass for your windows, doors or conservatory.
How Much Do Composite Doors Cost?
The cost of a composite door will be dependent on several factors such as the composite door style, composite door colour, size, composite door hardware and composite door security extras. The fastest way to get a composite door price is online with our door cost calculator.
What Do Stable Doors Look Like?
These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.
Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?
Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.
How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?
UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.
Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?
UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.
Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?
You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.
How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?
UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.
How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?
A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.
How Much Do Aluminium French Doors Cost?
Unfortunately our online quoting engine does not quote for aluminium however you can get a price by calling one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679. Or alternatively, you can contact us using our online enquiry form.
How much is double glazing per window?
Double glazing prices per window can vary from around £150 to £600 depending on the specification. The window style, type of glass, frame colour and handles are all contributing factors. To find out the true double glazing price per window it is a good idea to get a number of quotes to compare.
What is the average cost to double glaze a house?
The average cost to double glaze a house will depend on the size of your house and the number of windows. To double glaze a flat or apartment it will probably cost around £2,000. The average cost to double glaze a house is usually between £4,500 to £7,500. If you collect a number of double glazing quotes you will be able to compare companies and prices.
Is double glazing expensive?
Double glazing can be an affordable addition for many homeowners. The price you pay can depend on the quality of the windows and the energy ratings. Other factors are the style of the windows, the colour of the frames and the type of glass. Why not get an online double glazing quote to get an idea of the price.
Is triple glazing better than double glazing?
In most instances double glazing will be an adequate upgrade to single glazed windows. Double glazing offers energy efficiency, noise reduction and security. If you live near a busy road or under a flight path you may want to consider triple glazing for the extra noise reduction that it can offer.
Is double glazing easy to break?
Double glazing is a strong option for windows compared to single glazing. The frames are durable and there are high security locking options. As double glazing is made from glass it is possible to break however you will have to exert quite a bit of force to do this. This is practically impossible to do without making a noise.
How much does it cost to replace a front door?
The price of a new front door will depend on the type and style of door you choose. The cost of a replacement uPVC front door can be as little £600 or as much as £1,200. Composite doors can start from around £800 but can cost around £1,500. The type of glass, extras and locking system you choose will affect the price of a front door. Get an online quote for uPVC front doors and composite doors to get a good indication of the cost.
How much should you spend on a front door?
The amount you spend on a front door will depend on the type of door you are looking for. uPVC front doors are generally cheaper than composite doors and can cost as little as £600. Composite doors start from around £800 to £1,000. If you choose more bespoke glass option or door accessories you can pay as much as £1,500 to £2,000. We recommend getting a number of quotes to see the different options that are available and compare front door prices.
How much does a cheap door cost?
A cheap uPVC door can be as little as £500, especially if you are looking for a back door. Front doors tend to be more expensive than back doors and cheap ones will start from around £600. Cheap composite doors usually start from around £800 to a £1,000. The locking system and glass options you choose will also affect the price of the door.
Which front door material is best?
There are several options when it comes to front door materials. The three most popular are wood, uPVC and composite. The material you choose will depend on what you are looking for. Wooden doors tend to be more expensive but offer a traditional style. In some instances, such as on listed buildings and in conservation areas it may be a requirement that the front door is wooden. uPVC doors are a cheaper option. They are energy efficient and durable but lack a traditional appearance. Composite doors are perhaps the best of both worlds as they are durable, low maintenance and replicate the traditional look of timber.
Are composite doors cheaper than uPVC?
Composite doors are usually more expensive than uPVC doors. This is because they are made from a number of materials rather than just uPVC plastic. They will often have a wooden internal frame and insulating filling. They emulate the traditional look of wood and are available in a multitude of styles and colours. uPVC door are generally cheaper but are a good durable and low maintenance option if you are on a budget.
How Long Does It Take To Install uPVC Windows?
On installation day, a uPVC window will take anywhere from 3 hours to a full day depending on the shape, size and style of the window. When you place your order, it will take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture the parts for your bespoke window.
Is uPVC Flammable?
No, uPVC isn’t flammable and is actually a fire retardant.
Can My Windows Be Installed In Cold And Rainy Weather?
Yes, windows can be installed in any weather, however, it is important to remember the safety of the installers who come to put in your window and that the rain could damage things your property due to the fact there will be a hole in the wall for quite some time during installation.
How Long Does It Take To Install A Window?
From the moment you purchase your window it will take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture your window for you. The actual installation itself could take anywhere between 3 hours to a full day.
How Long Does It Take To Install A New uPVC Window?
Once you place your order for a new window, it takes 4-6 weeks to build and manufacture the product. On the day of installation it could take anywhere from 3 hours to a whole day, depending on size, shape and style of window.
What Is A Composite Door?
A composite door has the aesthetic of a wooden door, however, it has the practicality of a uPVC door meaning it will not warp like traditional timber. A composite door is very strong and secure as it is made up of uPVC, wood, insulating foam and glass reinforced plastic.
How Long Does It Take To Install a Composite Door?
It will take one or two installers between three to four hours to install a single composite door.
Are Composite Doors More Expensive Than uPVC?
Typically, yes. A composite door is more expensive than its uPVC counterpart due to the nature of how it is manufactured. Please refer to our pricing guide below to see the difference.
Why Is uPVC Used For Window Frames?
UPVC is used for window frames because it strong, durable, energy efficient and long lasting.
What Is The Difference Between French Doors and Patio Doors?
Patio doors originally related to the style of door that slides open but now has become a blanket term for other doors including French doors. French doors are hinged doors that swing outwards and, when open fully, allow access to all the space of the installation.
How much do composite doors cost?
Composite doors are a great alternative to traditional timber doors and offer unparalleled thermal efficiency, security, durability and thermal performance. They are also extremely weatherproof. Composite doors consist of an insulating core that is designed to keep warm air trapped inside your home, while keeping cold air outside. This can save you a significant amount of money on your heating bills over time. The insulating core is covered with a durable and hard wearing skin which makes the composite door extremely rugged and weatherproof. Composite doors are available in a range of colours and can be customised further with decorative glass and practical additions such as cat flaps. As composite doors are a top of the range product, prices do start high. Prices for composite doors begin at £1000, increasing to £1500 depending on your choice of glazing. However, if this fits into your home improvement budget, the composite door is a fantastic addition to any home.