Bi-Fold Door Buyer's Guide
Bi-folding Door Guide for Homeowners
Aluminium bi-folding doors are the ideal choice for your home improvement project. They are brilliant for homes that want to create large openings from the home to the garden and they’re great for internal partitions too.
aïr 800 bi-folding doors are the Rolls Royce of bi-fold doors, offering more impressive performance and captivating design than anything else on the market.
Impressive performance values
aïr 800 aluminium bi-folding doors have been engineered to offer incredible levels of security and high thermal performance levels. For lots of projects, a bi-folding door will span the width of an entire wall, so considering weather performance and U-Values is really important when you’re choosing your bi-fold.
aïr doors have been engineered to exceed standard performance levels whilst offering some of the slimmest sightlines on the market. U-Values are as low as 1.1 W/m2K and they have been tested for wind resistance up to 1800pa.
What do the badges on bi-fold doors mean?
As you research different aluminium bi-folding door systems, you’ll come across lots of badges and certification logos that prove doors have met basic standards. aïr doors are engineered to exceed these standards, so your door is more secure and more thermally efficient.
With aïr, you get PAS 24 and Secured by Design certification.
With aïr you get extreme weather proofing – tested to 1800pa for wind and 600pa for watertightness.
With aïr, you get better durability, with aïrcoat, dirt-resistant paint options.
Who manufactures your aluminium bi-folding doors?
There are many aluminium bi-folding door manufacturers to choose from. Always choose a bi-folding door manufacturer who has plenty of window and door manufacturing experience and delivers products with a high-quality finish. Talk to your local installer if you need more information.
The aïr range of aluminium doors is exclusively manufactured by Everglade Windows, the No.1 fabricator in London. They have been manufacturing windows and doors in the capital since 1980 – so they really do know a thing or two about aluminium bi-folding doors!
Exclusively manufactured in London
Only Everglade Windows manufactures aïr bi-folding and lift & slide doors, so every door has the same superior, hand-crafted finish. Every aluminium bi-folding door is made bespoke and made exclusively for you.
aïr doors also carry an industry leading 25-year manufacturer’s guarantee, to give you extra peace of mind that your door is built to last.
What does your aluminium bi-folding door guarantee mean?
It is important you understand exactly what your bi-folding door guarantee will cover. Do your research because lots of other door brands offer very limited guarantees, that may only cover certain components or paint finishes.
Only aïr aluminium doors are covered by a 25-year guarantee – that’s a quarter of a century of peace of mind for your home. All you need to do is register your guarantee through our online form when your doors have been installed. Your aïr Accredited Retailer will remind you about this when they’ve finished your project.
Find the perfect colour match for aluminium bi-folding doors
Colours options are endless with aïr bi-folding doors. Not only does the special powder-coating process protect aluminium frames from the elements, it gives you a whole spectrum of colours to choose from.
Dual colour options are also available, so you can match exterior frames to the outside of your home and interior frame colours can match your décor. You can choose from any RAL colour, with the added option of aïrcoat, the super-durable, textured, scratch-resistant powder coating.
Completing the door with the right hardware
aïr has been engineered with high-quality handles, multi-point locking systems, hinges and rollers to offer a smooth operation that you can rely on for years to come.
aïr bi-folding doors operate like no other, with a super smooth glide that makes them easy to open and close. You can also choose from a range of ergonomically-designed handles for the perfect finish.
Bi-folding door opening options and configuration choices
aïr bi-folding doors use extreme engineering to offer you more configuration and design options, so you can choose a door design that works perfectly with your space. You can choose from up to ten door sashes and choose an opening option that suits your space. For high-traffic entrance doors, you can have an access leaf, so you can get in and out of the garden easily.
You can also choose which direction you would like the sashes to open and decide whether you would like the door sashes to stack inside or outside of your home, depending on your space.
aïr – the seamless link
Bi-folding doors can be used for new home extensions, to replace existing sliding patio doors, or as part of your new-build project. aïr bi-folding doors are the perfect choice for creating widespan openings to merge the home and garden, balcony or terrace.
With slim sightlines from just 108mm, aïr bi-folding doors have less frame and more glass so that you can make the most of the views from your home. They are also available with 2 threshold options so that you can have a seamless join between your two spaces. This can take into consideration your patio and decking as well as your internal floor height.
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