Things to consider before buying bifold doors

If you’re thinking about buying and implementing bifold doors, here are 6 things to consider before you make your purchase

Increasingly popular with homeowners these days, bifold doors open up a whole world of possibilities. They maximise the natural light coming into your home, can increase the security in your home and with expert help they can be installed just about anywhere. If you’re thinking about an upgrade, here are a few points you may want to take into consideration.

1. Building regulations

Not following planning laws can be time-consuming, expensive and downright depressing, so it’s advisable to ask a few questions first. There are a number of building regulations in existence nowadays, many of them a result of environmental concerns. It’s a good idea to check with the relevant authorities before commissioning a project, and to remember that some local by-laws may apply as well.

2. Access door

Bifold doors are especially impressive when they are fully opened, but there will always be times when you need fast access into and out of the area. To this end, it’s worth asking about an access door – also known as a traffic door – so you won’t always have to fully open the configuration.

3. Cost

Every house is different, of course, so it’s almost impossible to give a definitive price for bifold doors without seeing the home in question. Obtaining a quote from us couldn’t be easier, you can fill out our online form or call us today to organise a free, no obligation survey. We are proud of our reputation for affordability.

4. Redecoration

In many cases, there are matters that need to be taken care of both before and after the installation of bifold doors. Floors on both sides of the doors will need to be levelled or there may be a need to move electrical sockets and switches. A little homework is needed before final details can be settled on.

5. Inspections

In order to avoid falling foul of the rules, make sure the finished item is signed off by an accredited building inspector. Building regulations can be complex, especially for the average person, so it’s vital that you don’t have to deal with any conformity issues in the future.

6. Materials

When you consider bifold doors in your home, you will have a choice to make when it comes to what product materials you’d like to use. The most popular options are aluminium, timber or a mixture of the two. Solid wood doors will be heavier, but they also tend to look far more attractive. As always, the final decision will be with the homeowner, although we at JLA are always happy to offer advice and guidance along the way.

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