Configurations 2018-09-18T07:09:57+00:00

Everyone of our bifolding doors is bespoke, made entirely to suit your home.

You can choose the layout, the opening action, the position of the access door – even the shape of the frame.

Don’t worry if there sounds a lot to think about – our experts will be happy to help you make the right choices.

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*The most common configurations are shown above, but other styles up to seven panes are also possible (please refer to the technical manual)

OPENING

Bifolding doors can either fold outwards (towards the exterior of a property) or inwards (into the room) when they’re opened. The choice is up to you, but either way, you’ll need a margin of clear space to allow the leaves to slide.

If you choose inwards opening, you may need to think whether furnishings will get in the way. Similarly, if your outside space is restricted you may find inwards opening a better option. There’s no difference in performance.

You’ll also need to decide on the access door position which can be located centrally or at either side.

SIZE

One of the best things about a bifolding door is the view, so if you can, go large. You won’t regret it.  Integral bifolds can be up to 6.3 metres wide (that’s over 20 feet). Just imagine all the extra light.

  • From 3 up to 7 leaves

  • Leaf width from 700 to 1000mm

  • Maximum leaf height of 2400mm

SHAPE

There are a lot of buzzwords used in glazing, and referring to the shape of windows as either sculptured, bevelled or square can be confusing.

If you were to take a cross-section through the frame, the terms relate to the shape of the surface that’s inside the building. It can be an angle – that’s bevelled. It could be a curved shape – that’s sculptured. Alternatively, it might look more like a square.

The differences are largely aesthetic, although the best designs, like Integral’s, are shaped to be easy to clean and to shed rain. If you want to match your windows, you’ll need to know their shape.

ACCESSIBILITY

The outer frame on a bifolding door can be quite large, particularly with the 7-pane doors. You might wonder how an installer could get that into position if, for example, your home is terraced or hard to access. The good news is that Integral can be supplied in a mechanically jointed format. It’s every bit as strong, but it makes transportation and getting a big frame onto your site much easier.

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