Perth Bifold Doors


Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Doors

Question : What is the difference between solid doors and solid timber doors?

Answer : There is a massive difference between solid doors and solid timber doors. Solid doors can be either Solidcore or Solid construction and are made from composite material, usually MDF which is medium density fibreboard, compressed sawdust basically. Solid timber doors are as it sounds made from solid timber, there are no hidden materials covered by a veneer of any kind, these doors are what should be used in any external application, even if they are not directly exposed to the weather, anything veneered used externally have a tendency to bubble or peel.

Question : What should i look out for when buying a door for external use?

Answer : We recommend to only use proper solid timber doors for external use, a simple thing to remember is to always ask if the door is veneered. This is probably the most important question to ask as it cuts out all of the composite doors and also helps identify the timber veneered doors that are on the market, which we feel should only be used as internal doors. Timber veneered doors can still be made from solid timber and majority of them are, but being veneered they still have a chance of the veneer bubbling or peeling if used externally, so should only be used in internal applications.

Question : What type of glass do you use for your doors?

Answer : As a standard in all of our French doors we use either Australian Standards Toughened Safety glass or laminated glass. In our leadlight range we offer the choice of it being Triple Glazed, which means the leadlight is encased inside a 25mm glass block. It is the same process used in double glazing, energy efficient it also cuts out noise but also protects the leadlight itself from being broken or weathered. We have also just recently introduced Double Glazing for any door or window using clear, grey or obscure glasses for the ultimate in noise reduction and energy saving. Conventional single glazed windows have been found to be a major cause of heat and cooling loss, wasting up to about 30% of energy consumption. The use of Double Glazing greatly reduces these losses resulting in more comfortable, energy efficient windows and lower energy costs.

Question : My front door does not get any direct weather on it so do i still need to use a proper solid timber door?

Answer : YES YES YES!! It is the moisture in the air during the winter months and the dryness in the summer months that does the damage to your doors. It is the constant change in conditions from dry to wet and wet to dry, the air is always on your doors, whether you have a 3 mtr verandah covering it or not, your door is always exposed. Basically on a damp night if you open your front door and stand outside you will feel the cold and the dampness in the air, and the same during the day with the heat, it is this continual weathering that does the major damage to any external door.

Question : I have an older home and want to freshen the place up a bit, would it look out of place having a modern style door on an older style home?

Answer : There is such a huge range on offer that there will always be a style that suits your taste, the look of your home and your budget, so in answer to the question, no. What it will do is completely change the look of your home, you will find that although it is an older home, it is generally the old fittings that make it look old. Simple things like changing your entry door will make a tremendous difference on the overall look of your home, and to be honest, its all personal choice, if you think a door suits your home then it does, what one person may label a door as a traditional style, the next may call it modern.

Internal Doors

Question : I have openings in my house that have no frames and go all the way to the ceiling, can i put a door in there so that im not heating and cooling areas i don’t want to, or need to in winter and summer?

Answer : Yes, we can put doors into any area in your home, any height and any width. Openings that go all the way to the ceiling firstly need to have some studwork and gyprock done to bring the height of the opening down to a standard door frame height. The cornice then gets put both sides of the studwork and joined into any existing cornice that it meets up with so that it looks like it was there when the house was originally built. Next is the installation of the timber door frame then closely followed by the fitting of your new sliding or hinged door. Generally these jobs are all completed in a day if it is a single door, larger jobs will take longer, and the entire process is done by one of our installers so your guaranteed a job well done. Entry to laundry, passage to back bedrooms, wardrobe fronts or enclosing an open plan living and turning it into a theatre room, these are all common areas that we deal with every day, we can even knock out internal walls or put studwalls in to create rooms !

Question : I have an existing internal metal frame that is painted so will i have to paint my new French doors, i prefer the look of timber but am worried it wont fit in ?

Answer : This is probably the most common question we come across and the answer is no you don’t. Not in every case but majority of the time this will apply. When you are looking for a feature door in any part of your home, it is exactly that, a feature. Painting it similar colours to everything else around it will just make it blend in, and in a way you will lose it. Bare in mind the colours of your walls are never the same as the cornice or the ceiling, the cornice acts as a contrast to your ceiling and your wall colour, it puts a border at the top of the wall the same as a skirting does at the bottom of the wall. The metal frame is exactly the same, it continues from your skirting and acts as a border that goes around your doors separating your doors from your walls. It looks a lot more uniform than it does if you were to have a timber frame, timber frames inside do look a little too heavy and a bit much if it is stained aswell. What you will notice is the doors, not the door frame, the door frame should blend in with its surroundings as it is metal and not suppost to be a feature. A lot of clients in the past have not agreed until they have been confronted with photos actually showing them how it looks, 99% of them then quickly changed their minds and agree that it does in fact work.

Timber Bifolds

Question : I am tossing up between timber and aluminium for a bifold door and some windows, I prefer the timber look but am a little concerned with how much weather they are going to get, i assume aluminium will stand up better in the weather, is this correct?

Answer : We get asked this question a lot, and to be honest it could not be further away from the truth. Other than the small percentage of public that prefer the aluminium look, I would imagine that this is one of the most common reasons as to why people decide to go aluminium over timber. It comes down to this, timber can be maintained and keep its new look by keeping up the maintenance, aluminium cannot. A good indication is to look at your aluminium windows on your property, see if they have faded atall and if they look old, if so, your new bifolds and windows will do exactly the same and there is not much you can do to restore this. Timber on the other hand you can re seal and freshen up, it really depends on where you are and how exposed the timber is as to how often you would have to maintain it, take a worst case scenario, where we have installed timber bifolds on canal homes or coastal regions, areas where the timber is going to be under extreme conditions, the timber may have to be re coated once a year, but in areas that are more protected or less exposed, once every 2-3 years would be fine. The main thing to remember is that proper timber can be maintained and you can prolong the life and longevity of your timber doors and keep them looking great. The difference in look and value that timber bifolds or windows adds to your home far outweighs any maintenance that may need to be done to keep them looking pristine.

Question : What stain do you recommend to use on your external timber products ?

Answer : We stock and sell the Sikkens brand of stain and this is the only product we recommend to use on any of our timber products that are used in internal or external applications. Sikkens, in our minds, is the best product on the market for our climate here in WA. With all of our bifold doors and windows being made from only the best quality timbers, they really need to be sealed with a product that is of the same high quality. Sikkens is porous, meaning it allows moisture to get in and out of the timber whenever the timber needs it to, enabling the timber to breathe. This is a natural process that all timbers go through when the weather conditions change from summer to winter and winter to summer. The job of the stain itself is to control the amount of moisture that penetrates the timber, or leaves the timber, so that it doesn’t happen all at once or to quickly.

Question : What happens to my timber bifold doors when the timber expands and contracts with the change in weather from summer to winter ?

Answer : The fittings for all external bifolds that we install are completely adjustable, and can be adjusted in a matter of minutes. Everything has been catered for when the hardware was designed, obviously with the change in weather from winter months to summer months, the amount of moisture in the air changes. This causes timber to either absorb moisture or release moisture, hence the timber either expanding or contracting, this will happen to your bifold in summer and in winter. In winter the doors will expand and may be tight on one edge and in summer the doors will contract and the gap on one edge may be too big. Whatever the scenario all that needs to be done is to loosen a bolt on the pivot side of the system top and bottom, with the doors in an open position, and move all the doors either left or right depending on whether you are trying to close the gap, or make it bigger, tighten up the bolts and away you go. This entire process takes around 2 minutes and is explained to every client after installation is completed by one of our installers. Having this adjustment available makes external bifolds the best and most secure system to use when using timber doors externally.

Question : How big a span can i go with a timber bifold ?

Answer : The weight the hardware components can carry and the longest length the tracks come in, set a maximum of 8 doors and a maximum span of 6 mtrs wide for any single external bifolding system. Keeping this in mind you can however have two tracks bi-parting, two separate systems that meet in the centre, so theoretically the maximum width we can span on any bifold is 12 mtrs. This would be a very small percentage though, the most common size we do is around 2.4 mtrs which is the same size as an aluminium sliding door, easily removed and replaced with a 3 door timber bifolding system, the entire process done by us and in one day.

Timber Windows

Question : What is the advantage to having timber windows as compared to the existing aluminium ones we have in our home ?

Answer : Timber windows are an attractive looking part of any home, they will enhance the look of your home internally and externally. Aswell as the appearance another major difference would be the glass components used in timber windows. As compared to the thin 4mm glass used in most aluminium windows, all glass used in our timber windows, as a standard is 6.38 laminated clear safety glass, you can also upgrade to double glazing if preferred. Glass is a major factor when it comes to letting your heating or cooling escape out of your home, on a cold night or a hot day if you were to put your hand near your existing aluminium window you would feel the heat or cold coming in. Ultimately the double glazing is the best scenario to go, it is the same process as the double glazing used in UPVC windows and acts as a barrier against noise and weather. 6.38 laminated glass though is still a better alternative than what is used in most cases when it comes to windows, although it doesn’t have the same attributes as double glazing, it is still 2 sheets of glass its just they are joined together with a clear membrane but it will certainly make a difference as compared to normal 4mm float glass.

Question : can i have timber windows put in any area of my home, i have a corner window which is aluminium and i would like to change it for timber ?

Answer : Yes, we can remove any existing aluminium window and change it for timber. With corner windows they are still two seperate windows so its just a matter of removing each window and replacing them with timber ones, any supporting posts will be lined with timber so that the entire corner looks like its one whole timber unit.

Timber in General

Question : I don’t have much timber around the house and am worried it wont match my current decor?

Answer : Take a look through the gallery as photos speak a thousand words, it is a lot easier to see pictures than trying to visualize yourself. The great thing about timber is it ties in with anything, you even see it on the new modern homes where everything is rendered and similar colours yet they might have a timber ceiling in their alfresco or a timber deck in the outdoor area or a timber pivot front door, whatever the scenario they all act as a feature. It is the same principal as to the inside of your home, 70 % of your home is painted wall surface so having the odd bit of timber is nice and is a contrast against your painted surfaces. If everything was the same colour then nothing would stand out, it would be like living in a hospital. Timber is a very warm look and will enhance any interior or exterior part of your home.


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