Are bifold doors easy to install? | How to install bifold doors, and the benefits of Vufold bifold doors
When finding the right internal or external door for your home – you need to consider many factors, such as style, cost, colour, and quality. However, one huge concern often lies in the installation of bifold doors. How long will it take to install bifold doors, and are they easy to install? What can you expect from the bifold door installation process?
Here, we discuss how long it can take to install bifold doors, the benefits of ready-to-assemble bifold doors, and answer frequently asked questions.
In this guide:
Find out how long you can expect it to take to install bifold doors, and what factors influence this.
Read the key steps for the bifold door installation process.
Read the potential additional costs of installing bifold doors.
Find out whether any adjustments are required once bifold doors are installed.
Read the key benefits of opting for a ready-to-assemble bifold door set.
We answer common queries on installing bifold doors.
How long does it take to install bifold doors, and are they easy to install?
Factors influencing how long it might take to install bifold doors include the specifications of your door, and your DIY knowledge. Whether you need to look for many tools and extra parts to install your bifold doors should also be taken into consideration. Traditional bifold doors that are supplied with no necessary tools for installation can sometimes take a long time to install, as you need to find additional and essential parts needed to fit bifold doors.
Other factors that can influence how long it will take to install bifold doors include:
Are the instructions clear?
Complicated, hard-to-follow instructions can set back even the most confident DIY experts. Ensure you choose a supplier that provides clear instructions and bifold doors that are quick and easy to set up.
How large are the bifold doors?
How long it takes to install the bifold doors will also depend on the door size and configuration you have chosen. You can expect to spend much longer installing a large bifold door with more panels than a smaller door with three panels – for example.
Are you installing the bifold door yourself?
If you are unsure on how to install a bifold door yourself – we recommend contacting an expert or getting someone to assist you. However, our bifold doors come with easy-to-follow instructions, meaning you don’t have to be a DIY expert to fit your bifold doors yourself.
You may also want to consider the delivery times leading up to installing your bifold doors. When choosing a supplier – you should always check the lead times beforehand, particularly if you are eager to install your bifold doors by a certain date. At Vufold, we offer a 3 day delivery on all timber doors and Status Express aluminium doors.
What is the correct sequence for installing a bifold door?
A step-by-step process for installing a bifold door includes the following:
- Prepare the door opening
- Choose left or right opening
- Assemble the frame
- Install assembled frame
- Fit top and bottom pivot hinges
- Hang the doors
- Fit draft seals to the doors and frame
- Fit the drop bolts
- Fit the mortice latch or lock mechanisms
- Adjust the door
- Fit the door holders to the doors.
What are the additional costs of installing bifold doors?
Additional costs can include any other essential items you need to fit bifold doors, such as fixings and hardware. Factors to consider also include whether you pay an expert to install your bifold doors.
Do you need to adjust external and internal bifold doors after they’ve been installed?
When fitted correctly, all of Vufold’s bifold doors open and close perfectly. Over time, certain things may affect how well the doors operate. Settlement or movement within a building and frequent use over a long period of time can result in less than perfect operation.
All bifold patio doors will need fine-tuning at some point in their life. Many standard bifold doors are difficult to adjust and may require a specialist. Vufold uses cutting edge hardware that makes adjusting your internal or external bifold door incredibly simple. This hardware is included as standard.
Our Ready‑to‑Assemble Door Sets can be easily adjusted for:
Can be adjusted with and 8mm allen key, or spanner and screwdriver - supplied with the door sets.
Can be adjusted with a Phillips screwdriver.
Why choose a Ready‑to‑Assemble Door Set?
Chances are you don’t want to spend hours of your time looking for the necessary tools to fit your bifold doors. If time is a priority – you may also want to consider looking for a ready-to-assemble bifold door set. Choosing a new bifold door that will save you time in the bifold door installation process, such as a ready-to-assemble bifold door, can be extremely beneficial. If you have a busy lifestyle, you likely want to find a door that you can put up quickly without wasting time looking for other necessary tools.
You might find cheaper door sets of a similar style, but they don’t include all the items you need - whereas our Ready‑to‑Assemble Sets offer you many advantages:
- Comprehensive easy to follow fitting instructions included.
- No complicated ‘toe and heeling’ of the glass required.
- Consistent high quality, so every part fits as it should.
- Competent DIYer’s may not need a specialist fitter.
- Reduced time and cost through quicker installation on-site.
- No specialist equipment needed as virtually everything's fully machined.
- No need to waste time and money sourcing fixings.
- No delays and frustration while you source essential components from different suppliers.
Frequently asked questions
How big should an opening be for bifold doors?
You will need to accurately measure the opening (aperture), ensuring there’s 10mm more in height and width so there’s enough space to fit the bifolds and the frame.
To measure for bifold doors:
- Measure the width in three separate levels (bottom, middle, top)
- Measure the height from top to bottom at three separate places (left, centre, right)
- Subtract 10mm from the smallest measurements
- Check that the aperture is a perfect square by measuring the diagonals from corner to corner
- It’s important your measurements are accurate and you have taken your flooring type and thickness into consideration, to ensure a successful fitting. If you aren’t confident in your measurements, hire a professional.
How do you install internal bifold doors?
Do bifold doors come with a track?
Vufold bifold doors come with everything, including all the essential items needed such as hinges, tracks, hardware, ironmongery, fixings and seals are included as standard.
How secure are bifold doors?
Modern bifold doors come with a host of security features making them very secure especially when compared with older styles of sliding patio or French doors that just feature a single locking point.
Bifold door hardware and track systems combined with the numerous locking points generally make it impossible to simply lift the doors out of the frame.
Multi point locking systems – Are fitted to most bifold doors on the lead or traffic door, from a single key they usually operate 3 or 5 locking points that are spread out over the height of the door. Multi point locks come in two different type’s cylinder or cylinder-less.
How much do bifold doors cost?
The cost of a bifold door will vary depending on the:
- Overall width
- The material used in construction
- Number of panels
- Glazing - e.g double glazed, triple glazed, laminated glass.
Read our full guide to bifold door costs in comparison to sliding doors to find out more.
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