With their vast expanse of glass, it’s easy to see why some believe that bifold doors make a room cold. More glass means sweeping draughts and cold infiltrating your home, and these doors certainly won’t protect you as much as a regular wall or another type of door…right?
As with any home improvement, the answer varies depending on the quality of the product you opt for. Technology has drastically advanced in the last few decades, meaning that those old bifold doors you’ve come across, as with double glazed windows, aren’t a fair reflection on today’s offering. This is reflected in the country’s Building Regulations.
One of the most used measurements of a window’s thermal efficiency is U-value, it measures an object’s ability to retain heat. The lower the value the more efficient it is. In the early 2000s, Building Regulations required windows and doors to have a U-value of 3.1 W/m2K. Today, Regulations specify that a window/door needs to have a U-value of 1.6 W/m2K.
So, how have bifold doors become more thermally efficient?
Advances in double and triple glazing technology have contributed to the improvement of bifold doors. Not only has the quality of glazing improved, but the design of the bifold doors has been expertly engineered to drastically outshine their predecessors when it comes to thermal efficiency. At Plan-it Windows, our bifold doors feature a thermal core that is 25% more thermally efficient than traditional aluminium systems. The core features a number of chambers that trap heat and prevent cold air from transferring through the profile and permeating into your home.
Our bifold doors feature triple weather-sealing on all sash interlocks and continuous weather-seals, allow them to comfortably exceed the UK standard requirements for weather tightness on windows and doors. This combination keeps draughts, the cold and the erratic Northern weather at bay and maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, as well as low energy bills.
Where can I get bifold doors for my Manchester home?
Plan-it Windows has made a name as the ‘go-to’ company for great value, high-quality home improvements across Bolton and Greater Manchester. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have about bifold doors, from customisation options to planning permissions. If you’d like more information about our bifold doors, or any other home improvement product in our range, visit one of our showrooms in Bolton or contact us online.