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Bi-Fold Door Costs & Quotes

Last Updated on December 23, 2019 By Jon

Bi-fold doors have become an extremely popular option for home improvements in the UK over the past few years. Pricing of these doors has also reduced significantly, allowing average homeowners to cover the cost of having them installed with ease.

What is a Bi-fold Door?

These units are manufactured from aluminium or uPVC panels that have been hinged together. When the door is opened, all of the panels slide along a rail towards a wall and fold up next to each other.

Bi-fold doors normally consist of between two and seven panels each and they can be custom manufactured to fit the area of a home that they are going to be installed in.

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Approximate uPVC Bi-fold door Costs

Below are some approximate price ranges for some of the more popular bi-fold door options:

  • 2.7 metre unit with 3 panes – between £1,500 and £1,900 without installation, and up to £2,800 with labour costs
  • 47. Metre door with 5 panes – from £2,700 to £3,200 without labour, and up to £4,200 with labour costs included

Pricing of Aluminium Bi-fold Doors

  • 2.7 metre 3-pane door – between £2,200 and £2,550 without labour and as much as £3,100 with labour costs included
  • 4.7 metre 5-pane unit – between £3,900 and £4,200 without labour and up to £5,200 including labour costs

Although aluminium and uPVC bi-fold doors can both be manufactured in a range of colours and styles, aluminium doors tend to be slimmer in design. This means that they will be able top open a little further than the uPVC units.

Benefits of Bi-fold Doors

  • They look extremely stylish and allow you to enjoy uninterrupted views of the outdoors
  • They are easy to open and close
  • Enjoy more airflow through your home during warm summer days
  • The end panel can be opened on its own if required
  • Various colour options are available
  • These doors are quite energy efficient
  • They offer space-saving functionality
  • Bi-fold doors are easy to maintain and clean
  • They can add substantial value to a home

Installing Bi-fold Doors

These doors are extremely effective when the level of a home’s floor is the same on the inside and outside. This allows for a seamless integration between these two areas.

In some cases, interior changes may need to be made to your home. For examples, light switches, power points or even radiator units may need to be relocated so that these doors can be opened fully.

DIY installation of these doors is not recommended, as it is a time-consuming and challenging project. More than one person is required when installing these doors as well, meaning that it is a project that is best left to an experienced installation team.

All bi-fold door installations will have to be checked by a building inspector upon completion to ensure that they are compliant with existing building regulations. If a completion certificate is not obtained for this project, it can prevent potential buyers from purchasing your home in the future.

A distinct advantage of hiring professional installers for this project is that the work will be done properly and efficiently. Although it may cost extra for labour, you certainly wouldn’t want your bi-fold doors to be incorrectly installed while attempting a DIY project.

It’s essential to find out if your chosen installer is affiliated with a professional organisation that permits self-certification of work compliance. Some examples of these organisations include:

  • FairTrades / TrustMark
  • The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA)
  • Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
  • Certification and Self-Assessment (CERTASS)

Comparing Bi-fold Doors to Sliding Doors

Bi-fold doors can be opened up all the way, whereas sliding doors can only be opened on the one side. However, sliding doors can be beneficial in areas that may not be large enough to cater for the folding functionality of a bi-fold door. Sliding doors can even be costlier than bi-fold doors in some cases.

Is Planning Permission Needed?

n most cases, no planning permission will be needed to have bi-fold doors installed on your property. However, if you live in a listed property, in a home situated in a conservation area or in a property classified as an “Article 4 Directive,” you will have to apply for the required planning permission.

Planning permission can be applied for online or at your local council offices.

Obtaining Quotes for Bi-fold Doors

When submitting our website contact form, you will be put in contact with various accredited bi-fold installation companies. All of them have been carefully pre-screened to ensure that they provide the best quality workmanship and products.

If you would like to obtain up to four free quotes from reputable installation companies, all you have to do is fill in our website contact form and submit it. You will not be under any obligation to accept a quote either. After your property has been accepted, you should receive all of your requested quotes within a day or two at the most.