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What IS a Bifold Door?!

I know what you might be thinking...surely this should have been my very first post? After explaining all the variables, all the benefits and all the reasons to have them installed, why am I now going back to basics and going over what they actually are?


Mainly because whilst they may not be a new product, they are growing immeasurably in popularity and are being installed more and more frequently into extensions and new buildings as an alternative to French doors. However, the only people who seem to know about them are builders/architects/tradespeople, which to us is a big shame. We want YOU the consumer to be as knowledgeable as your architect, so that you can make a considered and informed decision.

Why Season Change = Priority Change in the Bifold Door Market

Prioritizing is important in all aspects of life, but when making a change to your home, or a purchase such as bifold doors, it's pretty important to have some idea of what you are looking for and why. And, of course, priorities change.


This post comments on the effect of the change of seasons in the window and door industry, and what you should be aware of as a customer.

Why Condensation on Windows Isn't Always a Bad Thing

External condensation – doesn't sound like a good thing does it? It's easy to see how this could be misconstrued as something negative, or even a sign of failure of a window.


 This blog post is inspired (again) by a recent point made by DGB and aims to get rid of this myth surrounding double glazed units that condensation on the OUTSIDE of a glass unit is a bad thing.

The Importance of Being A Specialist

This week's blog post will be short, sweet and informative. It's main purpose is to emphasize the importance of choosing the right installers for your doors (I touched on this topic last week).


But I'd also like to talk briefly about the industry in general and how 'specialist' companies seem (to me at least) to be being wiped out by companies claiming to 'do it all'.

Essential Do's and Don'ts When Purchasing Bifold Doors

When taking the leap and getting any kind of home improvement work done, you really want to be sure you are doing things safely, properly, in the most efficient, cost-effective and stress-free way possible.


You want your installer/builder/architect/contractors to not only know what they're talking about when it comes to their trade, but know what you want to achieve within your project.

How We Keep Our Customer Reputation Glowing

Time to apologise to the blogosphere. Having been out of the office (shock horror) for over a week, I have somewhat neglected this little corner of the bifold blogging world. Time to remedy that!

Chip and the Bifoldsblog

This week's post covers a mixture (but an organised mixture) of topics – focusing on a thread I found interesting over on DGB's blog, a little company update and a peek at a particularly pleasant customer testimonial – and my opinions (of course) on the above.

Don't Adapt To Suit Your Home: Adapt Your Home To Suit You!

I couldn't help but share a sneak peak of these photos on twitter before writing this blog post, as the property featured is so stunning. But that wasn't my reason for blogging about it. Instead of moving into a new-built modern home, this customer has used their current property as a base and adapted and modernised the farmhouse to suit him. 


Although it is a truly magnificent renovation, the main wow factor of this particular project is the level of transformation that this property has undergone.

How To Heat Your Home Without Central Heating

This week's blog post (along with a vast majority of home improvement blogs I assume!) was inspired by none other than the popular property development TV program – Grand Designs.


Reason being, I was drawn to some of the innovative products they were using for the build – and being a bifold door blogger (and interested in all things revolutionising the home improvement industry) I thought this was relevant to Bristol Bifold, and probably to a few of my readers as well.

Take A Break - Meet The Bristol Bifold Kitten

I thought I'd take a break from "serious" blogging this week, to introduce you to our frequent office visitor – Thomas, Bristol Bifold's very own resident kitten. You will find him either sleeping in Claire's lap, batting rolled up post it notes across my desk, or patrolling the showroom.


He is about 6 weeks old (at a guess) and was found on a farm near our offices. He did have a brother or two , but sadly he is the only surviving kitten of his litter, probably why everyone spoils him so much! He's definitely made a difference here....

Sales: An Honest Opinion

As a blogger for the bifold door/double glazing/window industry, I do try and read as many other blogs concerning the same issues. Not just for ideas! But so that I can voice my own (and Bristol Bifold's) opinions on current and important issues in the industry and create a dialogue between the blogs.

mist- sliding-door

For example, for this blog post I've decided to tackle the tricky topic of sales -recently discussed by fellow blogger DGB (Double Glazing Blogger). I say tricky, I simply mean that there are a lot of differing opinions on the subject. As I have found, after seeing comments on DGB's blog from those in the industry and also after having not lived under a rock my whole life; its common knowledge that sales in this industry is a complex matter. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to explain how we sell, as a company and what our values are when it comes to selling.

July Bifold Q&A Session

Now that I've pretty much covered all that is Bristol Bifold in my last post, I thought I'd move on to answering the more specific questions about bifold doors themselves, and all of the decisions that need to be made before they are bought...and believe me...there are a lot of variables! 

Bifold Q  A Polaroid Pic

What I'm saying is that, most things on our bifold doors are customisable if you want them to be – from the overall colour, to matching handles, seals, trickle vents and more. If you wanted to, you could match your entire door – from handle to rubber gasket.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Bristol Bifold

Okay – so this post is a tiny bit self-indulgent, but honestly how many potential customers are there that have questions when using a company for the first time? If I were a customer, I would want to be completely aware of everything an installer had to offer so...I want you (the blogosphere) to know everything about Bristol Bifold!


There are several obvious points to be made initially – like the fact that we are bifold door specialists (hence the name!) meaning that bifold doors are what we do and we take pride in being bifold geeks. We know all there is to know. Secondly, we have a showroom. Simple, but effective. It's almost essential to see what you are buying and have a play with the doors before they are a part of your home.

8 Reasons Homeowners Are Dissatisfied With Their Properties - And How We Can Help!

Many property owners don't realise that there are other, worthwhile and more importantly – doable – options that work as an alternative to moving house. Particularly in this economic climate, a very popular option at the moment is not to upheave your life from one house to another, but to make your existing house more accomodating and appealing to you.


Whether it's re-vamping your kitchen, giving the exterior a lick of paint or extending your home – there are many ways to beautify and 'upgrade' your current house, without going through the stress and financial turmoil of moving house.

Blind Ambition

As you may know - we have always been able to supply integral blinds with our products, but within the last month we have (after much anticipation) started selling Origin bespoke roller blinds - which actually sit outside of the door and are designed to compliment bifold doors.

Origin Roller Blind

In April, we had these brand new Origin electric roller blinds installed into our showroom, so we are able to explain exactly how they work to our customers – and give them an idea of their aesthetic worth.

We Uprated Our Cylinders

Locking cylinders; they may seem like a bit of a tedious subject to blog about, but they are (for the door industry at least) a crucial part of developing our product and improving customer satisfaction. Although the product itself may seem a little uninspiring and fairly insignificant, the benefits it provides are astounding and far outweigh it's seemingly trivial appearance.


Ever since the BBC program, 'Inside Out' covered the issue of lock cylinder snapping, upgraded locks have been at the forefront of the door industry and also the interest of the general public. I thought it would be a good idea to explain the issue further in this blog post – as it seems like a topic that people are not only interested in, but that could prove vital when choosing an installation company.

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