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Has anyone installed a long set of folding/sliding doors in their house

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SpaceTrain Sat 07-Mar-09 22:04:21

For our extension we are planning to have the whole wall that leads to the garden (approx 6 m) kitted out with folding doors.

Our architect has recommended Solarlux doors, which do seem to be good but also seem to be the most expensive.

Has anyone had any experience with these, or with any other makes?

We've had a quote from Sunflex, and another make we are looking at is Express Bi-folding doors, which are quite a bit cheaper. However I don't want to skimp on this purchase if we are going to face significant quality issues by buying cheaper.

Another question I have is what have you done for screening the doors? Express offer integrated blinds, which seems a better option that having trailing vertical blinds on the inside.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

didireallysaythat Mon 24-Apr-17 21:29:43

Widow the 40-40-20 isn't unusual. After all if you change your mind they have doors they can't resell. But we saw the windows before we signed up.

WidowTwonky Mon 24-Apr-17 18:54:27

Hi. I'm impressed with the website, YouTube demo and quotes from Panoramic Doors (I've yet to see the actual product yet) but the thing putting me taking it further is the payment terms

Payment terms required are 40% on confirmation of order, 40% prior to dispatch of goods and the balance (20%) on signed completion of the door installation

80% before seeing anything is unusual isn't it??

cee1234 Tue 14-Mar-17 12:32:13

Folding Sliding door company - does anyone have GOOD reviews of this company? It's been recommended to me by a friend who used them, clearly she is happy but I wonder if she's just been lucky. They have a 25 year guarantee .... any updates from anyone welcome!

user1477059378 Wed 18-Jan-17 22:01:07

Hi all,

I am refurbishing my home (in North London) and I need to order a fairly big sliding door (5100 x 2750) and also some other - tilt-before-turn - windows. All in aluminum. I like the more contemporary, cleaner lines.

The biggest problem comes with the slider. I am now essentially agonizing over three products, all lift and slide:

Luxal / Reynaers - 98mm interlocking profiles (in the middle). I have read some very positive comments made on Reynaers and some friends have a slider manufactured by Luxal and are quite satisfied with it. The only issue is that their slimline solution is far too expensive for me.

Maxlight (use their own profiles, apparently) 20 mm profiles. I went to see them and their product does look good (to a non technical person like me). Not seen any comment on them yet.

ID Systems / Sunflex - 24mm profiles. Haven't seen their product yet but they get very positive reviews here and elsewhere. I like the fact that ID System also distributes the Sunflex profiles, so I am assuming they would do a very good job at it.

What I need help with is:

1.Understanding how Maxlight (Culmax) profiles may compare to the ID Systems /Sunflex.
2.If you have any experience dealing with any of the companies above, in particular Maxlight/Culmax.
3.Finally, do you think it makes sense to spend a bit more for laminated glass?

Many thanks in advance for anything you may share.

DarkBlueEyes Fri 13-Jan-17 15:00:23

@NoKidz I am reviewing this thread also as we need to do bifolds at our new house. We had ODC install Solarlux doors and windows in our last house and they were fantastic. There were a few small issues after installation but these were resolved without fuss. The quality is amazing - we had wood internally and aluminium outside - but our doors and windows were eye wateringly expensive.

I've had a quote from them to do our new house, which is a run of 3m then a run of 6m plus a reasonable sized window. Their quote was around £17k. I've done a few initial enquiries which are coming in around £11k so I think we might have to compromise on our doors as our tenders are WAY more than we can afford with our budget. I would recommend ODC if you have the readies.

becks5109 Thu 09-Jun-16 12:35:03

I've just ordered from Denis Windows in North London - they have produced their own brand of sliding doors based on Shcucco and Raeynaers systems. They came to measure up yesterday so I'll report back in a month or so. We went for slim profile 2 door sliding and a large fixed window.

user1465301177 Thu 09-Jun-16 11:33:51

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NoKidz Fri 03-Jun-16 18:15:26

I'm reviving this very useful thread to see if there are any updates from people who posted to get advice on what to choose as I imagine they have now had their doors in for a while!

I think I've narrowed it down to a choice between ODC (solarlux) and Express (schuco). Please let me know if you have any thoughts or experiences on these.

And has anyone had any problems with water or draughts coming under a level threshold door with the more extreme weather we've been having? Thanks.

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Andy403 Tue 19-May-15 11:08:45

The concept is great but NEVER USE ANGLIAN WINDOWS the doors "drop" preventing opening and closing, the plastic sealing gaskets shrivvle in most corners of most windows, the incorrect floor sealing gasket was the wrong (smaller) size. After more than 9 repeat 9 corrective visits the gaskets have still not been replaced. A second no show by sub contract engineers this morning reveals that they have to have a joint visit by "Ally UK Limited" presumably the manufacturers and Anglian contractors to discuss the faults.
The CEO and Customer Care Manager unable to influence outcomes.
Anglian is currently owned by its bankers Royal Bank of Scotland who hope to sell the company shortly on the stock market!!!! Don't touch the shares either.

Helen2000 Mon 18-May-15 10:08:11

Just adding another opinion if that's OK. We were quoted about £2,500 for 3 leaf bi-fold door with one opening independently.
Beware of the "Folding Door Shop". Once we had paid our deposit it turned out they couldn't provide the door we ordered (the one they had said they could fit) They refused to return our deposit even though it was their fault they couldn't provide it.
Customer services don't exist and no-one replied to repeated phone calls, emails and letters so we lost our deposit.
[NB: There are companies with very similar names which I am sure are great!]

KellyKelly1234 Tue 24-Mar-15 13:29:51

This blog is so useful. I had sliding bifold doors installed by my builders but they are stacking in opposite direction to my instructions and have been waiting 6 weeks to get them replaced. Builder informed me no date for this yet! I am therefore looking at sourcing replacement myself. I live in East London and none of the places are close by, but have narrowed down to either sun seekers or folding door company. I am waiting to hear back of where I can view these locally but have anyone any feedback/experience with either of these companies in recent times? Thanks. Kelly

itakemytime Thu 19-Feb-15 12:21:14

Hi, I'm new to Mums Net and new to this thread, but it is sooo useful that I can't resist joining in. I am planning to put bifolds between my living room and my new conservatory. (Why not French doors, which would be much cheaper? Cos my spaces are pretty small and I think bifolds will need the minimum of clearance space for opening and closing. And in summer I aim to leave them open mostly and use the two spaces as continuous.)
The space for the doors is only 1450 wide so I am looking for a slim profile so as to lose the minimum of light. I'm currently looking at Schuco or Alu-K doors from - does anyone have experience of them please? Thanks.

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tigger123456 Wed 18-Feb-15 12:42:42

I'm afraid I need aluminium framed windows as (i) timber frames would be too wide given the shape of the windows, and (ii) I live in a conservation area so I have to replace the existing windows like-for-like (but better) otherwise I will need to get planning permission.

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sacbina Sun 15-Feb-15 12:40:49

were going for Kloeber bifold, then saw Sunseeket slide and pivot, they suited us better

tigger123456 Sat 14-Feb-15 15:12:05

Which ones did you chose?

sacbina Fri 13-Feb-15 14:10:40

there are so many to choose from aren't there! I just emailed them all and then eliminated from there, based on price, length of installation time etc.

get together the info required and email them all. if they don't answer I tend not to go any further. I love the ones we chose, but went to see three companies I'd narrowed it down to

good luck

tigger123456 Fri 13-Feb-15 12:26:32

Hi! What a useful thread!

I'm looking for aluminium framed triple glazed bi-fold doors and replacement windows in North London.

I've contacted various recommended local firms who simply haven't replied. Another told me "I don't need triple glazed windows" and sent me a quote for standard double glazed windows instead. A high-end bespoke company turned out not to do normal windows. Aluminium clad timber frames won't work as the frames will take up so much of the available space. Duration were recommended but their quote is incomprehensible and they refuse to answer follow-up questions.


I'm starting to wonder whether getting the doors from a German or Danish firm might be the answer.

Any ideas?

Felixmummy10 Thu 22-Jan-15 12:00:05

Sadly we are still waiting for Solarluxuk to install 7 months since ordering. Delivery was stated to be 8 to 12 weeks.
We initially ordered with Fine design ltd june 8th 2014. They told us they were very busy but could not give us a date. In November 2014 we were told Germany had the order but by then we were fed up so contacted Solarluxuk who have said hoping for 1st week in March. It is cold in our house! Solarlux Scotland may be better?

sacbina Sat 10-Jan-15 00:14:29

we had sunseeker ultra slim slide and pivot doors installed a month ago. bloody love them, so much nicer than chunky bifolds I viewed. would recommend

JadeRodders Fri 09-Jan-15 21:25:37

thanks all for the reviews, this very helpful and yet I'm still very confused!confused Really disappointed about the sunseeker reviews as they would have been our first choice design wise, but moving on we're leaning towards Folding Doors 2 u and the Viso1000 door. Has anyone had any experience with them or this product?

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