Glass Bi-Fold Doors

August 19, 2009

Singing The Praises Of Glass Bifold Doors

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Looking At The Benefits

Many people may ask why glass bifold doors should be used in UK households? Well, they can create a huge amount of space in a home, together with contemporary character and bringing a sense ofl ambiance to any ordinary room. Whilst traditional patio and French doors have limitations in terms of openings which are greatly restricted, a tastefulset of innovative glass folding sliding doors allows you to open up as far as your creative imagination will take you? Sensing the possibilities now?

Glass bi-fold doors serve to compliment any building and can provide an innovative glass wall solutions to without harming the character or essence of a building. Glass bi-fold doors gives us the the ability of bringing both inspiration as well as innovation into a room by transforming them into trendy living areas. It is remarkable how much of a difference a set of folding sliding doors can make in blending space together, successfully bridge the outside and inside as well serving to conform to the natural environment around it. As opposed to patio doors, French doors, this folding panel, bi-fold, can successfully enhance the structural character of a building and a glass, which serves to allow more natural light in making that ultimate difference to your home.

The way in which glass bi-fold doors are designed demonstrates clever engineering in itself, together with versatility and durability of a glass wall, allowing you to easily utilise the space that you have. Sliding doors for example, can end up wasting a lot of space, and with bi-fold doors, you are instead left with easy functionality and long term reliability. In addition, this folding panel system has the option of a flush threshold which is unlike most French doors.

Something else to remember is that restrictions created by most French and patio doors are not a problem for a set of folding doors because they can be installed in openings you may not have even considered, like opening a corner of a room or knocking down a wall in order to create the space you may need. When it comes to glass bifold doors, the options are endless, and it really just depends on how creative you are.

With the use of premium glass wall materials, glass bifold doors are manufactured in the United Kingdom to an impressive standard, together with a vast range of quality finishes which users can chose from.

Glass bifold doors are also sometimes referred to as sliding folding doors, accordion doors, folding windows as well as concertina doors.

More info on glass bifold doors.

August 10, 2009

Advantages of Glass Bifold Doors

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We Lay It Down

Decorative glass bifold doors bring with them the advantage of light and elegance to any bedroom, foyer, entryway and other living areas. Glass bifold doors are manufactured for easy installation and are usually equipped with hardware and track.

There are various glass designs available, usually made from safety glass, together with a film on the back to control breakage. Glass bifold doors are generally made from 1-3/8 inch clear glass styles and rails. They come in prefinished colours and are generally ready to install.

August 2, 2009

Glass Bifold Door Gallery

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Photos of Bifold Glass Doors

Here with a gallery of various types of glass bifold doors. Enjoy!

Typical Glass Bifold Door

Typical Glass Bifold Door

Colonial Glass Bifold Door

Colonial Glass Bifold Door

Panelled Glass Bifold Door

Panelled Glass Bifold Door

Residential Bifold Glass Door

Residential Bifold Glass Door

Why Use Glass Bifold Doors?

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We Set The Record Straight

Why Use Glass Bifold Doors?

Why Use Glass Bifold Doors?

Glass bi-fold doors are a great solution for those home-owners looking for an interesting alternative to a single glass door or even a wall. It’s an effective way to create a link between living spaces, patios as well as outside decks. Glass bi-fold doors are stylish and allow fresh air and gentle sunlight into your home, whilst creating the illusion of more space.

Available in a range of sizes and finishes, be sure to obtain your glass bi-fold doors from a trusted supplier. There are a range of innovative constructions available but be sure to check that these still offer strength and durability. There are a range of glass options, and designs available, so you are bound to find the glass-bifold style to suit your needs.

Good luck :)

July 19, 2009

Installing Glass Bi-Fold Doors

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Glass Bifold Door Installation

Installing Glass Bi-Fold Doors

Installing Glass Bi-Fold Doors

Glass Bifold doors are perfect for those situations where you need access to the full width of the door opening — in a laundry closet, as an example, or for showers. These glass doors come in a variety of styles, such as plain, raised-panel, louvered as well as mirrored varieties.

Installation of glass bifold doors is a relatively simple process and typically involves the following steps:

  • Make sure to set up the top track first.
  • Set upthe bottom track on the floor directly below the top track. (Some glass bifold doors may not use a bottom track.)
  • Install the glass doors by first putting the bottom pivot point into the lower track socket. Then put the top pivot point into the top pivot socket. Please note that the top pivot point is spring loaded. To install, simply retract the pivot point, place it into position, and release it.
  • Position the upper and lower sliding guides in the track channels.
  • Space the panels evenly and fit them to the door opening by adjusting the track sockets in place.
  • Raise or lower the panels by adjusting the height of the lower pivot pin.
  • Following the above guidelines should see your glass bi-fold doors installation quickly become a relatively simple process.

    Good luck!

July 12, 2009

Home Improvement Case Study

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Extending Your Kitchen

Rob and Carol King moved into ‘The Old Rectory’ fourteen years ago, after the property had been lying derelict for eight years. Structurally the Victorian building was in good condition, with only internal decoration required and the garden in need of landscaping. With six bedrooms and four reception rooms, the property seemed to be an ideal environment to bring up a family.

The Kings went on to have three children and, although the house was roomy enough for all of them, the only drawback was the galley kitchen and the poor view of the garden to the rear of the property. To address this problem, Rob and Carol felt that the perfect solution would be to build an orangery, which would link with existing rooms to achieve an open plan modern family living area, with an outlook to the beautiful garden.

The Brief:
To create a modern family space which would open up the kitchen, allow a good open aspect of the garden which could be used all year round. The kitchen was the coldest room in the house, and even the walls and floors would have condensation on them in the winter so there were concerns about the area being warm enough.

Design:
The Kings worked closely with Trentham Garden Conservatories to build an orangery which was to act as an extension to the kitchen. Their main aim was to imitate the Victorian design of the property, while also giving it a contemporary feel, so that it could be used as additional living space. Major structural work was carried out to provide a large open space that incorporated the original kitchen and breakfast room, and under-floor heating was installed to provide a source of heat in the orangery. A further key aspect of the design was the installation of a feature double-sided glazed fireplace in a central column.

The Roof and Windows:
Due to the large expanse of glass used in the orangery, coupled with the fact that the Kings are a large and busy family, it was important to them to select a glass that needed minimal maintenance. They chose to glaze the roof of the orangery with Pilkington Activ™ Blue combined with low emissivity Pilkington Optitherm™ as the inner pane to ensure the highest level of insulation.

Pilkington Activ™ Blue is designed specifically for orangeries and conservatories. It is a blue-tinted glass that combines dual-action self-cleaning properties with solar control technology. The dual-action coating uses UV rays to break down and loosen organic dirt (e.g. fingerprints, bird droppings, sap and pollen) and then encourages rainwater to flow down the glass in an even ‘sheeting’ effect, washing away any loosened dirt. This ‘sheeting’ action helps prevent water from forming droplets and drying in streaks and smears following a rain shower; it also means that there is a clearer view through the window even after the heaviest downpour.

The blue glass allows considerably less heat into the room compared to standard glass, as it absorbs the heat and re-radiates it back outside, helping to keep the rooms interior cooler in the summer. It also has an aesthetic benefit; it reduces reflection and glare from the sun, giving uninterrupted exterior views, and improves the outlook on even the greyest of days.

Pilkington Optitherm™ improves energy efficiency because of its low thermal conducting qualities. Heat from the under-floor heating and central fireplace is prevented from escaping the orangery allowing the Kings to stay at a comfortable temperature during the cold winter months, without worrying about fuel bills.

The Result:
A stunning orangery and an entirely new living area, creating a light and spacious room the whole family can enjoy all year round. The Kings were careful to ensure the new structure blended well with the traditional architecture of the Old Rectory by opting for an elegant neutral colour scheme and limestone tile flooring throughout.

“The result is fantastic and the experience of living in the area we have created just makes you feel good, so it has definitely changed our lifestyle” says Carol. “The whole family has benefited and we can all get on with whatever we want to do yet still be involved as a family and interact rather than me being shut away peeling the spuds!’’

“The children particularly love it they can sit at the breakfast bar and watch TV or do homework and research the net. It has also given us a great entertaining area and even when I am finishing off the steaks I am still involved in the party atmosphere and the open aspect to the garden we can now enjoy. Most importantly, installing Pilkington Activ Blue™ self-cleaning glass has meant that we spend hardly any time cleaning the orangery and more time enjoying it. We now have a fantastic light and airy room, which enables us to sit and enjoy the garden all year round and it’s warmer than it ever was despite the fact that over 50% of the outside wall space is now glazed.”

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