Installing bifold doors can significantly enhance your property. Their minimal sightlines and contemporary aesthetics make aluminium bifold doors a stylish and strikingly modern feature. Despite their large size, they’re also comparatively easy to install.
If you’re looking for new or replacement bifold doors for your home, you may be tempted to try fitting them yourself. Here at Alufold, we would recommend against this. Bifold doors aren’t too difficult to fit, but unless you’re an experienced DIY expert, it’s best to hire a professional. It’ll make the installation far less stressful. You’ll save money on the installation fees if you do it yourself, but you’re also more likely to cause accidental damage and take longer than hoped. Most qualified tradespeople can fit the doors within the space of a day, sometimes even a few hours, if the project is not too complex.
That said, if you’re still determined to have a go or are just curious about the process, we have put together a step-by-step guide to installing bifold doors. Bear in mind though, that there are differences in installing internal and external bifold doors.
With internal bifold doors, you have to consider the available space. When folded, the panels take up a reasonable amount of room, and this area will need to be kept clear of any other household items. It’s only too easy to let discarded shoes, toys and other items pile up, then find you can’t open your doors fully without removing them.
External bifold doors have different requirements than internal ones. They’re exposed to the elements and need to be weatherproof, or you’ll find puddles forming in your house whenever the rain comes down. Security is a factor too; your bifold doors have to resist potential intruders from forcing their way in or picking the locks. For this reason, they tend to be fitted with more sophisticated locking mechanisms than internal ones.