Buying a bifold door: 20 questions to ask your installer

When you’re planning any home improvements, it’s important to know as much as possible about the product and service before you decide to buy. This month our focus is on bifold doors. Bifold doors have dramatically risen in popularity over the last few years. Many people are now choosing bifolds as an alternative to French, sliding, or standard patio doors. If you’re thinking of installing bifold doors at your home, we want you to make an informed decision. That’s why we have compiled a list of 20 questions to ask your bifold door installer before the work begins.

Aluminium bi-fold doors

1. Are bifold doors made to measure?

Yes. Every home is different so our bifold doors are manufactured to meet your exact requirements.

2. Can bifold doors open in or out?

Yes. However, once your bifolds are installed the opening direction can’t be changed.

3. What material is best?

That depends on your requirements. At Keepout, we install bifolds in uPVC, aluminium, and timber.

4. What colours are available?

uPVC comes in 15 colour choices. Aluminium in over 200 RAL colours. Timber can be painted any colour.

5. What furniture can I have?

We offer a range of hardware options which focus on style, security, and durability.

6. What glass is used?

We offer a range of glazing options including double or triple glazing, toughened glass, and decorative glass.

7. What size can they be?

Bifolds are available in almost any size to match your home.

8. Are they energy efficient?

Yes. Modern technology means our bifolds easily meet energy efficiency standards.

9. How secure are they?

Fitted with multi-point locking systems; they create an excellent barrier against potential intruders.

10. Do you provide a guarantee?

Yes. We offer a 10 year warranty on all our products.

11. Do I need planning permission?

Usually you won’t need planning permission to replace patio or sliding doors. It is worth checking with the local council if you live in a conservation area or listed property.

Aluminium bi-fold doors in black

12. Can they be fitted internally?

Yes. Bifold doors can be fitted between 2 internal rooms.

13. How many panels are possible?

We usually recommend using the fewest possible panels for your door space.

14. Can I choose a fixed door option?

Yes. Our bifold doors can operate as a single normal door, with your choice of traffic door.

15. Where can I view examples of bifold doors?

We have a bifold door gallery on our website and a range of brochures available to download.

16. Will bifold doors add value to my home?

As with any home improvements; if carried out to a good standard they will add value to your home.

17. What is the most cost effective option?

uPVC bifolds are generally more cost effective than timber or aluminium.

18. What accreditations do you provide?

We are a FENSA registered company so we provide FENSA certification with all our installations.

19. Should I consider U-values?

Not necessarily. Most bifold doors easily meet or exceed U-values recommended by Building Regulations.

20. Can windows and doors match my bifolds?

We can provide bifolds to match almost any existing windows and doors. We can also install new windows and doors with your new bifolds.

When you’re considering a bifold door installation, look no further than Keepout. Call us on 020 3322 8700 or contact us online to discuss your requirements.