How to choose the right bi-folding doors: advice from Origin

By Ellyn Peratikou

Bi-folds will add the wow factor to any home, creating a spacious living area by seamlessly linking the inside with the outside. Award-winning bi-folding door manufacturer, Origin explains how to pick the right bi-folds for your home:

Which material – PVCu, Timber or Aluminium:

PVCu is usually the cheapest option for folding sliding doors, but the relative lack of strength and the tendency to expand and contract depending on temperature can make operation unreliable. Timber is a popular choice, but requires ongoing maintenance to ensure the material lasts. Aluminium is virtually maintenance free. The strength and durability of aluminium means it is more resistant to flex, expansion and contraction when in direct sunlight requiring very little maintenance to stay in good working order. In fact, Origin offers an ‘industry leading’ 20 year guarantee for its doors.

Clueless on Configuration

Top tip is to always think in odd numbers, so doors can fold/slide in the same direction with a multi-point locking system. Bi-fold doors are available in a number of different configurations ranging from two-door options right through to large eight-door configurations. Corner and bay window style formations will allow the whole corner of your home to be opened up for a unique look – whatever your property style Origin can advise on the best configuration available.

Colour is important

Traditional black, white or grey RAL colours are still a popular choice, but Origin has developed a range of nine eclectic colours, each with 10 colours, from bright primary shades to candy pastels and deeper earthy tones. As all Origin bi-fold doors are tailor made, you can choose to have any combination of colour on the internal and external frames. The internal frame can match the interior decor of your home, while the outside matches the external features and style.

Safety First

Look out for the latest kite mark approved standard. Origin exceeds security recommendations by using a combination of features such as a unique eight point multi-point locking system combined with a tough Magnum lock cylinder, plus solid cast Yale security handles, making them one of the safest options available. Plus, look out for features such as ‘finger safe’ gaskets between individual door leaves which provide safe cushioning to avoid little fingers being trapped.

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