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Further information about Internal Folding French Doors
What are internal French folding doors?
Internal French folding doors are a type of French door that is designed to fold closed in a concertina style. They are typically used to divide up larger rooms or as an alternative to sliding doors or bifold doors, and they always feature large glass panels that allow light to flow through the home. Like other French doors, they open from a central point in the doors.
How do internal French folding doors work?
Internal French folding doors work by hingeing off of each other and folding back against the wall. The number of panels will dictate how many times the door will need to be folded in order to fully open, and most doors can be opened with just one hand.
What are the benefits of internal folding French doors?
Folding French doors offer a few benefits over traditional doors or sliding doors. For starters, they take up less space when opened since they fold back against the wall rather than sliding to the side, or swinging open into the room. This can be very helpful in smaller rooms or homes where every square inch counts.
Another benefit is that the statement glass panels mean these doors let in more light than solid doors, making a room, and the home, feel much more bright and open.
Do internal folding French doors come in different materials?
Yes, the most common being wood or uPVC (plastic). Wood is a classic material that offers a high-end look, while uPVC is a slightly more affordable option that is also durable and easy to maintain.
How are internal French folding doors opened?
There are two ways these doors can be opened – manually or electronically. Manual doors are the most common type and operate using a handle that is located on the inside of one door leaf. The electric option naturally comes at a premium, and is more commonly seen in commercial premises than residential homes. It operates using a motor that is hidden away, and the doors can be opened via a remote control or switch.
Do internal French folding doors have to be fitted by a professional?
Yes, we would always recommend that you use a professional installer for any type of door, but especially for internal French folding doors. This is because they feature complicated mechanisms that if installed incorrectly, may not operate smoothly or function at all. In addition, a professional installer will be able to take care of all the finer details such as ensuring that the doors are level and adjusting them if necessary.
Are internal French folding doors suitable for all types of homes?
Yes, they can be fitted into any type of home. The only requirement is that there is an aperture (space within the wall) large enough to install them.
How much do internal French folding doors cost?
Prices for internal French folding doors vary depending on a number of factors, such as the size and material of the doors. Generally speaking, however, you can expect to pay up to £1000 for a standard set of internal French folding doors. Expect to pay at the lower end (around £600) for a three panel French folding door, and for the price to increase with each additional panel.
How long do internal French folding doors last?
The average lifespan of a set of internal French folding doors is around 15 years, although when properly installed and maintained, they may well last significantly longer.
Can I replace internal bifold doors with internal French folding doors?
Yes, you can almost always replace internal bifold doors with internal French folding doors. This is because they both feature a number of panels (3 or more) than sit within a wider than average aperture. You just need to make sure that the new doors are the correct size for the aperture (opening).
What's the best way to clean internal French folding doors?
The best way to clean your internal French folding doors depends on the material they are made with. However in most cases a simple mixture of soapy water and a soft cloth will do the trick. For more difficult to clean materials, such as uPVC or aluminium, you may need to use specialist cleaning products.
How often should I lubricate my internal French folding doors?
You should lubricate the hinges of your internal French folding doors once every couple of months, or more frequently if you notice them becoming stiff or difficult to open and close. A light spray of WD-40 should do the trick.
My internal French folding doors are sticking, what can I do?
If your internal French folding doors are sticking, it is likely that the hinges need to be lubricated. Try a light spray of WD-40 in the hinges. If that doesn't work, you may need to adjust the hinges.
Can I adjust my internal French folding doors myself?
Yes, you can adjust your internal French folding doors yourself, but it is best to consult a professional if you are unsure how to do so.
One of my internal French folding door panels is damaged, can it be replaced?
Yes, most internal French folding door panels can be replaced without having to replace the whole door set. However, the nature and severity of the damage will determine whether just one panel, or the whole door set, requires replacing. For instance, if the frame is damaged, then the whole door set will need to be replaced.
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