The Do’s of Buying Bi-folding Doors
Buying yourself a new set of bi-folding doors is not a decision you should undertake lightly. They make a great investment, when researched and installed properly, but put a foot wrong and you could actually end up decreasing the value of your family home. So, here’s our guide to what to do when buying bi-folding doors.
Next week we’ll be looking into what not to do, but for today’s article, we’re focusing on the do’s of bi-fold buying. Take a look before beginning your project.
- 1. Make sure you know your materials
Bi-folding doors can be manufactured using a variety of materials for the framework, so it’s worth looking into which best suits your needs. uPVC many be the cheapest option, but in time, you’ll see the false economy here as frames warp and need constant maintenance. Wood is less detrimental to the environment than uPVC, but will still need annual maintenance to avoid rot. Aluminium, on the other hand, is endlessly recyclable, durable and extremely low maintenance. Whichever you decide upon, be sure to understand the properties your framework will hold.
2. Make sure you hear from other customers
Check out review sites or ask for references from your installer. Any reputable company should be more than willing to put you in touch with past customers. You can take a look at what some of Viva’s previous clients thought about our service, and our product, here.
3. Make sure your project adheres to your permitted development rights
Although it’s highly unlikely you’re living in a conservation area, area of outstanding natural beauty, or listed building, without realising it, it’s always worth double checking that the installation of your new bi-folding doors won’t call for planning permission. A good bi-folding door company should be able to advise you on this, but it never hurts to do your own research.
4. Make sure your doors adhere to building regs
If there is one thing you must do, now that you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s to ensure that the doors your eventually decide upon, adhere to the governments building regulations. At Viva all of our products meet or exceed these industry standards and we’re always happy to explain the technical information to you, for complete peace of mind.
5. Make sure your doors will be guaranteed
A ten year guarantee for your new doors should come as standard, if the company you’re leaning towards doesn’t offer this, go elsewhere. A ten year guarantee not only gives you peace of mind, but is a pledge of quality from your manufacturer or sales person. Viva offers a full ten year guarantee to all our customers, safe in the knowledge that our doors stand up against harsh weather, constant use and mother time.
At Viva, we’re more than happy to guide you through the process – if you’d like more info, you can request a call back above. Otherwise, watch this space for next week’s guide to all the things you don’t want to do when buying bi-folding doors, or start measuring up for your bi-folding doors today!