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How do bi-fold doors work?

Posted on 22.06.2021

Bowalker Doors supply aluminium bi-fold doors and aïr 800 bi-fold doors, both creating a wide opening for a clear connection between your outdoor and indoor living space. They’re an ideal option for if you’re looking for an innovative way to open up your home. We offer these two options so you can transform your living space in a way that is tailored to the design of your home.

What is a bi-fold door?

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Bi-fold doors have a large expanse of glass panels with folding doors. The door itself slides open, whilst the panels fold up and stack against the wall to create a huge opening in your home. There is also the option to have a traffic door, which is separate to the panels, allowing you to pop in and out daily, with ease. A brilliant alternative to traditional French doors or sliding doors, bi-fold doors are becoming a very popular choice, thanks to their functionality and modern style – upgrading any home.

How do they work?

Aluminium bifold door interior

Bi-fold doors use a tracking system that runs along the door panels, which are connected. The doors work by folding in on themselves in a concertina style and then glide along a tracking system on wheels, allowing a smooth, silent operation. Your bi-fold doors can have between two and 10 panels, all of which are connected and attached to the tracking system at the bottom or top of the doors. You can choose whether your bi-fold doors open inwards or outwards, depending on what is the most practical choice for your living space.

You can opt for the inclusion of a traffic door, which is a conventional door built into the bi-fold system, that sits on a normal hinge and has a standard handle for easy operation. This allows quick and easy access when you don’t want to fold away every panel in the bi-fold.

What size bi-fold doors are available?

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Our impressive aïr 800 range, that creates maximum space by folding away to reveal completely open areas in your home, is perfect for if your home features a large external wall, blurring the lines between inside and out. You can choose panels 3m tall by 1.2m wide paired with sightlines as slim as 108mm.

Our aluminium bi-fold doors provide stunning views through large panes of glass and are ideal for if you’re on a budget. With a maximum height of 2.5m and width of 1m, you can create a spectacular opening to your garden for a seamless transition between your outdoor and indoor areas.

Benefits of bi-fold doors

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The biggest benefit of bi-fold doors is that they can allow an entire wall to be opened up, transforming your home into a spacious, open plan setting. Another benefit of bi-fold doors is that they offer you lots of design flexibility, especially in terms of configuration, as you can choose up to 10 panels and how big they are, the direction of the opening and the inclusion of a traffic door. Plus, if you opt for aluminium bi-fold doors, you can choose from a wide variety of colours and finishes to select from too.

Choose Bowalker bi-fold doors

If you’d like to further discuss bi-fold doors with us, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 881 5640 and we’ll be happy to have a chat. Or if you’re ready to get the ball rolling and are interested in transforming your home, you can request a quote now or submit your design ideas and we will go through with you and discuss the best options for you.

Doors you can trust

You can trust us with your transformation plans as we’re members of Checkatrade, FENSA and the Plastics Window Federation.


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