When you look at the cost of bi-fold patio doors there are a few hidden costs you need to consider to get your true price. It is just like a car; there is the cost of the car, and then there is the cost of owning the care. I.e., maintenance costs, fuel costs, insurance costs, etc. And, just as with a car, the costs will vary according to the brand and model.
Note: In this post, we will consider all forms of folding patio doors to include: accordion, bi-fold, slide-and-fold.
The 3 Main Costs to Consider
1. Cost of installation
2. Cost of maintenance
3. Cost of the door
Cost of Installation
Depending on the type of bifold door you choose, there can be a great variance in the cost of installation. This is because of the complexity of the systems. Most bifold door systems are designed with hinges connecting each sash to the adjacent sash creating a “train-like” structure where one panel pulls the other. In this design it is vital that all the panels line up perfectly with the other or you will experience binding and difficulty in operating the door system. Because of this, more time is often required to ensure the door is adjusted properly.
One way around this issue is to select a door that does not rely on the sash-to-sash hinge design. The Panoramic Folding Patio Door operates without these hinges. Instead, each sash slides on wheels like a traditional sliding door, yet, when the sash gets to the end of the opening, it swings open like a swing door allowing all the panels to open up. Curious about the installation process on this type of system? Take a look at the installation videos to see how to install a Panoramic Folding Door system.
Cost of Maintenance
There was a time in my life that I tried my hand at car sales. All I can say is that I take my hat off to those who are able to do it well. I was not! However, it was a great chance to learn about the true cost of a vehicle.
The car brand was a luxury one. And, the car’s cost reflected that. What shocked me though was the cost of upkeep. The maintenance cost was easily three times that of a regular car. Where a typical oil change might be £30, the luxury model was over £100 at the dealership. And that was the most basic of maintenance items. The price just went up from there.
Unfortunately, the maintenance cost on large sliding doors and bi-fold doors can be the same. Panel-to-panel hinged doors require that all the panels work together. This means they are more prone to issues that affect their functioning over time. When choosing your door system, you will want to keep this cost in mind.
Cost of Your Folding Door
As you would assume, the cost of a bi-fold/accordion/folding door can vary greatly from one brand to another. You will find prices from around £800 – £1,500 per sash. But don’t let the cost be the guide to the quality. Because of the way doors are marketed (factory direct, through stores, through dealers), there can be different layers of people who want their “share of the pie”. In general, the closer you can get to factory direct, the better the price will be.
To get your price you will often need to contact a dealer as that is the most common method of getting doors to the market. Understand that it can often take several days, if not over a week, to get a price back from an inquiry.
Because Panoramic Doors is factory direct, you can get a quote for your Panoramic Door in less than a minute. No need to wait on someone to get back to you!
While the allure of a folding patio door can be great, the obstacles to getting one can be greater. It was for this reason that the Panoramic slide-and-fold door was created.
Panoramic Doors Are Factory Direct
Panoramic Doors is sold factory direct. This allows us to keep our prices down so that you can keep more money in your wallet.
Panoramic Doors Quoting App
Get your price in under a minute using our price quoting app. Of course, you can have a team member contact you if you would prefer us to do the quote for you. But, if you want the freedom to check different options at your own pace, our app is a simple tool to use.