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Alexandra Giles

Alexandra works in the marketing department, and in 2014, bought her first house, which turned out to be somewhat of a ‘project’. Since then, the whole house has needed renovating, which has helped her gain a knowledge of basic DIY, decorating and making the best of a small space.

By Alexandra Giles

Bi-fold doors help to make the most of natural light, and can be the ideal finishing touch to a property development. However, it is important to find a reliable bi-fold door for your project that is suitable for the property.

It is important to keep in mind what factors to look for in a bi-fold door to match the requirements of your project. Here, we explain what to consider when choosing a bi-fold door and the benefits of choosing Origin.

In this guide:

Read why it is vital to choose bi-fold doors designed from a high-quality material.

Read what factors to consider when choosing a type of bi-fold door for a project.

Find out the key benefits of using Origin Bi-fold Doors.

Why is it important to choose a high-quality material?

If bi-fold doors are of poor quality, they are more likely to let draughts or rainwater into the property, as they aren’t sufficiently watertight or airtight. Supplying and installing low quality bi-fold doors can also have an impact on your reputation as a property developer. Ensure the doors you choose exceed basic manufacturing and building regulation standards, to ensure they are suitable. Choosing a material such as aluminium can ensure you are using a durable, sturdy and energy efficient option for a property. Find out more about Origin’s aluminium bi-fold doors here.

Choosing bi-fold doors for a project development – what to consider

In addition to considering the type of material used, you should keep the following in mind when selecting a type of bi-fold for a project:

Consider product guarantee

Ensure the doors you choose to supply for a property development have a long guarantee. Origin’s bi-fold doors, for example, have a product guarantee of up to 20 years.

Can the doors withstand extreme weather?

High quality bi-fold doors will exceed industry standards to ensure they are durable no matter the weather.

Consider sightline options

Slim sightlines allow for the widest possible view, without compromising security and strength. However, the sightlines you choose will depend on the style and aesthetic of the properties you are developing. For example – your development style may favour a slightly more traditional style, which will mean slightly larger sightlines may be more ideal.

At Origin, our bi-fold doors offer sightline options of 49mm and 72mm. They are also available in different styles so you can choose the perfect option to blend in with any property – no matter the type of project. Find out more here.

Think about colour options

Aluminium bi-fold doors come in a multitude of colours, with black, dark grey and white being particularly popular. Black is a classic, stylish colour that works alongside a wide range of colour schemes, while the neutral metallic tones or white provides lightness and calm where darker colours are unable.

Many door manufacturers—Origin included—use the industry-standard RAL colour chart, which is made up of over 150 different shades and tones. View the range of colours available for our bi-fold doors here.

The best colour for your project depends on the style of property and the colours of the other materials used on the build. Pastel colours such as blue and green can add a touch of brightness to any property, whereas black, grey and white bi-fold doors can maintain that classic, simple style.

Are the bi-fold doors powdercoated?

Aluminium products are given their colour using powder coating, paint or an anodised finish. Contrast with uPVC doors, which are generally coated with a much less durable laminate foil, or timber doors, which are usually painted and varnished.

Powder coating is a process that uses powdered paint to apply a coloured finish to an aluminium product. The aluminium is pre-treated then the paint is applied using an electrostatic process. It’s then heated to 200°C and forms a tough coating that’s much more hardwearing and scratch-proof than normal liquid paint, and is able to leave a completely smooth surface. All of Origin’s bi-folds are powdercoated.

Security features

The best-quality bi-folds are equipped with certain features that make them safe to operate while keeping the home fully secure. These include:

  • a multi-point locking system

  • a kitemarked security lock

  • secure hinges

  • heavy-duty handles

  • toughened glass

Energy efficiency

High-quality aluminium bi-folds include the use of thermal breaks which makes them energy efficient. Thermal breaks are pieces of plastic polyamide between the two aluminium inner and outer sections of frame that works as a barrier, stopping heat flowing through the metal. This provides excellent insulation. Installing or supplying energy efficient doors can also help to improve your reputation.

We advise doing some research into the supplier to find out whether their products are energy efficient.

Handle options and accessories

Handles can make an eye-catching finishing touch to any property, and getting this right can help create a door that matches the aesthetic and style of a property.

Our handles are exhaustively cycle tested so they mirror the flawless functionality of the doors, ensuring they stand the test of time. Available in colours including but not limited to stainless steel, rose gold, and chrome, we have a huge range of options for you to choose from.

Read our specification files for the OB-49 and the OB-72 here.

Are you looking for durable bi-fold doors for supply? Discuss your project with us today.

Why choose Origin as an aluminium bi-fold doors supplier for your project?

Based in the UK, Origin provides a wide range of commercial window and door options of different types, colours and sizes. Whether you need bi-fold doors, French doors, or sliding patio door options for a project development, you can expect superior quality products made from robust materials for optimised longevity.

Thanks to all products being made in Britain, property developers needing patio doors can benefit from convenient lead times too, with products manufactured and delivered in as little as 24 hours (or whenever you need them). This industry-best lead time delivery promise is ideal if you want to ensure your projects run on time.

Boasting a wealth of accreditations, Origin also ranks highly for its green credentials, appealing to those who prefer to work with a company that puts the environment at the top of the agenda.

Whether you are a property developer, contractor, housebuilder, or architectural practice, through our trusted network of installation partners, you can either choose a supply-only service or a complete turnkey solution. Complete our contact form below and one of our representatives will be in contact.

Get in touch with us to find out what we can do for you and how we can help your vision become a reality

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