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Tips for Installing Bifold Doors

Published 6th August 2021 by Sternfenster Categories: Sternfenster Installer Network

Installing bifold doors can be quite an ordeal, especially if you aren’t familiar with them, to begin with. Bifold doors utilise a rather complex design that requires a smooth operation in order to function properly. However, that does not mean that installing them has to be difficult. By choosing high quality designs for your business and trade, all you have to do is follow a few tips in order to become an expert bifold door installer. You can make sure all the bifold doors you fit for your clients go in seamlessly.

Bifold doors do a lot of work for homes and even commercial spaces. Not only do they create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors with their folding opening and fully glazed design, but they also help secure properties, protecting them from harmful weather and its elements. Bifold doors are extremely useful and necessary when it comes to elevating the protection of properties, which is why every component in a set of bifold doors needs to work perfectly. Not only that, but the measurements also need to be accurate, the doors need to be sealed properly, and the door has to operate smoothly.

Here at Sternfenster, we make sure that installing bifold doors becomes an easy process for any first-time installer. Not only do we supply high quality Smart Visofold bifold doors with aluminium profiles, but we offer an array of installation tips and tricks to help make your bifold installation all the more easier. After that, your business can become one of our many Sternfenster Approved Installers, making your business a trusted name within your local area. Speak to Sternfenster today to find out more about installing bifold doors!

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Installing Bi-Fold Doors: Preparation

It takes a bit of preparation before you can begin installing a brand new bifold door. Firstly, if your client is looking to replace their old doors with new ones, you will need to measure out the area your bifold doors are going to be fitted in. You should always allow a 5mm margin of error in order to allow the doors to fit seamlessly. From there, you should also measure the new bifold doors when they arrive for an easy fit.

Next, you need to remove the older doors. This can be easily done by simply removing the hinges and door leaves. Also, remember to clean up any debris you may have left behind. A great tip for removing old bifold doors is to remove as much of the frame as possible straight away – this reduces the overall weight. In order to break the bond between the wall and frame, use a sharp knife to remove the fixings and then any sealant or loose mortar.

Once the old doors are fully removed, you can begin preparing the new design and installing the bifold doors. Firstly, you should ensure that you fill the sides of the cill with sealant and fit the endcaps on them. Because of this, you’ll stop moisture from causing any issues. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be ready to start installing new bifold doors.

Installing Bi-Fold Doors: Fitting

The first step to installing a new bifold door is to fit the cill. Place it on the aperture (make sure that the cill is level, use packers if needed). At this point, remove the cill and fill the space with enough sealant to hold the design in place. This will make sure that the moisture cannot get underneath the bifold doors and cause any operational issues for your clients. Once the cill is in position, and the corner protectors have been removed, you can then begin fitting the new system in.

Place the frame in the aperture and again make sure that the 5mm margin is maintained. Next, place temporary fixings on one side of the frame 150mm from each corner. It is important not to fully tighten the fixings at this current stage – pilot drill first. It would help if you also used packers adjacent to each fixing point. Once you tighten them, these packers will prevent distortion and ensure a square fit.

Once all fixings are in place, ensure the outer frame is fitted square and level. Check the door handle and the operation to make sure your doors glide freely. Once the door is all in, make sure to remove any taping you lay down and clean the profiles to ensure a sleek finish. Finally, you’ll have finished installing bifold doors for your customers promptly and professionally.

Installing Bi-Fold Doors with Sternfenster

With these tips, installing any bifold doors is easier. However, installing Sternfenster’s market-leading bifold doors is simple for installers and beneficial to homeowners. We supply high-quality doors from Smart and deliver them to your business as your order demands. We can give these systems to you at our trade counter or deliver them nationwide as well.

By becoming a Sternfenster Approved Installer, you can offer our full range of bifold door options and provide more choice to your customers. Not only that, but you can also become fully qualified to fit our bifold door designs. Customers will be able to find you by searching for installers in their area, too, meaning they’ll see you in seconds. When your business is installing high-quality bifold doors, you’re making customers and investors happy.

Join our network of Approved Installers to start fitting the best as soon as possible. And, if you’d like to know more about how we can help your business, get in touch with us via our online contact form.

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