In the fold
Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin (origin-global.com), explores key considerations when investing in bi-fold doors and windows.
Q Do the bi-fold sashes have a size limit? A
The minimum width of a single sash will depend on the configuration you choose. Sashes can be manufactured as narrow as 325mm, as wide as 1200mm and as tall as 3000mm. Some bi-fold door sashes can have a minimum height of 1500-1700mm. However, Origin can manufacture sashes from 400mm high so that they can be used as bi-fold windows.
Q How do you work out the correct number of sashes for the space? A
Opting for bespoke bi-fold doors, which can be created in custom sizes, will offer you the flexibility to choose the number of sashes you would like in your space. But there are a few limitations.
The minimum number of sashes you can have is two. There is no real maximum, but bi-fold doors that accommodate more than eight panels generally need two different tracks, which can be coupled together during installation.
Q What should you take into account when deciding on the configuration? A
Before choosing the configuration of your doors, I’d recommend carefully considering the space available and how you intend to use the doors as part of your day-to-day life. Bi-folds can be made to open inwards or outwards, and you can also specify whether you would like them to open from left to right, or vice versa. The opening can be split in the middle or in various other configurations to suit the layout of your home. I would always recommend thinking in odd numbers with one leaf that can be used as an everyday access door.
Our bi-fold doors can also be specified as corner bi-folds, which is a great option for those looking to create a truly panoramic view of the outdoors.