Aluminium Folding Doors Survey Guide - Concertina or Bifolding sliding doors
Below is our 10 step guide to surveying your aluminium folding doors. If we are
installing your folding doors then we will carry out a full survey for you. However if
you are purchasing aluminium folding doors to install yourself, then the survey is
not included in the price and we would expect
you to provide the final manufacturing sizes.
If after reading this guide you are unsure how to conduct a survey, then
please contact us as we can provide advice over the phone. However, if you would like us
to conduct a survey for you, thenwe are able to provide this
service for a small fee.
The 10 steps are:
- 1 - Download our Aluminium Folding Door Survey Worksheet and Order Forms
- 2 - Determine style and design
- 3 - Check that the opening is square
- 4 - Measure Internal Width
- 5 - Measure Internal Height
- 6 - Measure External Width
- 7 - Measure External Height
- 8 - Determine Required Threshold and Cill
- 9 - Repeat steps 2 - 8 again
- 10 - Complete Order Form
1) Download our Folding Door Survey Worksheet
Please download our
Folding Door Survey Worksheet and Order Form. The worksheet provides a template for you to record the information you need as part of this survey. The order
form has all the relevant options that you need to determine before we are able to manufacture your doors.
2) Determine style and design
The next step is to identify the style and design of the bifolding doors. For this you will need to consider the following:
- Style - how many segments (sashes) are the aluminium folding doors split into, and which way to they fold?
- Opening direction - do the folding doors open inwards or outwards?
- Hardware colour - What colour are the hinges and handles? (Choose from White, Black, or Chrome)
- Trickle Vents - Does your fodling door need trickle vents (if you are unsure consult your building inspector)
Complete the relevant sections in the survey worsheet, and draw a picture of the folding doors in the main box. Remember that we view all our items from inside.
3) Check that the opening is square
Bifolding doors need to be fitted exactly plumb in all 3 axis (horizontal, vertical front to back, and vertical side to side). If the bifolding doors are not fitted plumb then they will not operate correctly.
Therefore ensure that all aspects of the opening reveal is level and square. If the opening is not square or level then you need to make an allowance in the final measurements
so that the bifold door can be fitted plumb.
4) Measure Internal Width
The objective of measuring the internal width is to calculate how thick the plasterline is. Measure the internal rebate
so that this measurement can be deducted from the external width to calculate the thickness of the plaster.
For open out folding doors the inside of the left and and right side frames is 60mm thick (50mm on Slimline Folding Door). Obviously you do not want the plasterline to be less than approx 15mm from the inside edge of the frame so if the plaster is more than 45mm thick on either side (35mm with Slimline Door) then you will want to add a build up to the side of the frame.
For open in bifolding doors the inside of the left and and right side frames is 30mm thick. Again you do not want the plaster to be less than approx 15mm from the inside edge of the frame so if the plaster is more than 15mm thick on either side then you will want to add a build up to the side of the frame.
5) Measure Internal Height
The objective of measuring the internal height is to determine the thickness of the
plasterline at the head of the frame and to help identify what threshold is required
(see step 7). The same principle applies to the plaster line at the head of the
frame as it does for the internal width measurement (see previous step).
If the aluminium bifolding doors are to be fitted with trickle vents then a 42mm add-on is
fitted to the head of the frame. However the vents themselves are fitted approx
20mm from the top of the frame, so the plasterline cannot be any thicker than
6) Measure External Width
The external width measurement will determine the manufacturing width of the
aluminium folding doors. Take at least three measurements
at the top, middle, and bottom of the opening. The smallest measurement will be used to calculate the width. We recommend that you deduct 10mm from the smallest measurement
to calculate the manufacturing width.
7) Measure External Height
The external height measurement will determine the manufacturing height of the aluminium
bifolding doors. Again, take at least three
measurements at various intervals and note down the smallest measurement. We recommend that you deduct 10mm from the smallest measurement
to calculate the manufacturing height.
8) Determine Required Threshold and Cill
In order to determine what threshold you require you need to measure the difference in height between the internal floor level and the bottom of the cill.
The best way to do this is by using a spirit level across the threshold and take
measurements with a tape to the bottom of where the
cill will sit and the internal floor.
Consult our aluminium folding door threshold page to identify what threshold you require. Remember that you can always lay down a bed
of cement under the cill to increase the height of the threshold if the difference
between the internal floor level and the bottom of the cill is too much, or alternatively you can always take out half a brick or similiar to lower
the threshold if the difference is too little.
At this stage you should also identify what cill you require (if any). Measure the distance from the outside edge
of the brickwork to where the back of the frame will sit and allow an extra 30mm for the drip of the cill. Available cill widths are 150mm and 190mm, however in
90% of all installations a 150mm cill is adequate.
9) Repeat Steps 2 - 8 again
It is better to measure twice and make once, than to measure once and make twice. Therefore we recommend you double check all your measurements again before proceeding.
10) Complete Order Form
Please download our order form for Aluminium Bifolding Doors. To avoid any miscommunication it is better to complete this form and to fax or email this to us rather than try to order over the phone.
Remember that final manufacturing sizes relate to the overall size of the folding doors that you require us to make. We will make deductions for
cill heights, trickle vent add-ons, frame add-ons etc if you have specified them, just provide us with the overall finished size that you require. However you will need to make
an allowance for your brickwork clearance from your external brickwork sizes (see steps 5 & 6).