Are Bifold Doors Secure?

Understanding Security of BiFold Doors

When we install up and down the country, one questions we get asked all the time is how secure are bi folding doors, sliding door and crittall doors? It’s a really good question because when you are going to install these types of doors, you want to know that your property’s security is not compromised when you install bi fold doors. The good news is that bi folding doors are very secure and you needn’t worry about a thing. In this article, we will talk about the structure of bi fold doors, what they are made of, what they can withstand, and how they are perfectly secure for any home.

When you choose the right product coupled with professional installation by an experienced company, bifolding doors are just as secure as any brick wall.

strong aluminium door

What are bifold doors made of?

Bifold doors are made up primarily of toughened glass and aluminium making it the perfect choice for security. Aluminium is the most durable element on the planet and can withstand the force of 200lb weights. The toughened glass is also very strong and can withstand the force of metallic objects such as hammers and other cutting tools. Toughened glass is thermally created to a much higher temperature which means it can withstand much more keeping your home safer and much more secure than ordinary glass. Any decent bi fold door supplier and installer will know which types of glazing to use when installing bi fold doors.

Locking Systems on Bi Fold Doors

Many bi fold doors come with multi point locking systems as standard meaning that as well as being inline (hidden away) makes it much harder to find and pretty much impossible for any intruder to take the doors out of the mechanism. Doors will be keep the aesthetic minimal look but at the same time will set to the gear on the bottom track so if they were to try to remove the doors, they would need to remove the bottom tracks that are drilled in to the concrete in the ground with steel lock pins.  The locking mechanisms just cannot be beaten and the locks cannot be picked from the outside when there is no lock! You have to remember that bi fold doors are nothing like conservatories, most conservatories are just UPVC doors and frames, these are aluminium bifold doors and are extra tough so don’t make the mistake of thinking that conservatories and bi fold doors are the same, they are not.

So when it comes to choosing your bi fold doors, you will always get the secure option because they are all designed that way. With more and more homes choosing aluminium doors and windows suppliers are rigorously testing aluminium systems.

Why Curtain Walls?

Curtain Walling – Why Should You Have It Installed?

When it comes to keeping the elements out of a building or structure, people go to all kinds of different lengths to make sure that they can protect the inside of the building and even the exterior of the building as best as possible. To accomplish this, some people often choose to use curtain walling. The introduction of curtain walling into your premises is something which will ultimately benefit hugely and is something that a lot of business should do. However, not everyone is immediately aware of what curtain walling is, and why it’s such a good idea. To help with this, we’re going to be taking a look at the benefits of curtain walling.

So, what is curtain walling?

To understand what makes curtain walling such a good idea, we need to look at what it is. The curtain wall is something which is designed to protect the building from the effects of the weather which act against it and is often employed to protect the exterior from things like torrential rain, snow and hail. It is often made of very lightweight materials, as it does not need to support any weight besides its own. As well as this, it can be paired with glass to provide a source of lighting while still protecting the exterior from damage.

So, why should I have curtain walling?

There are many benefits to curtain walling which make it a desirable product for people to have. Because it does not need much weight, you can find them built from materials like aluminium. Aluminium is good because it is both lightweight and durable, and can also take a good deal of physical punishment and keep going, not to mention that it is heavily resistant to all forms of weathering and erosion, and also does not rust. This means that the curtain wall can last a very long time without the need for repair and maintenance. You’ll also find that aluminium is a cost effective way to keep your structure safe from weathering, as the material can be recycled over and over again without damage, and is incredibly durable for what is just a thin material.

As well as this, the curtain wall protects the exterior of the building from damages. When it comes to keeping your building maintained and in good condition, most companies choose to have upkeep and maintenance work performed twice a year, with a fresh coat of paint applied and any old parts of the exterior replaced as needed. However, this method of keeping the building looking good twice a year can sometimes turn into more than that if the exterior of the building is battered by constant rain, which does contain small amounts of natural acid that can over time wear away the paint or brickwork. A curtain wall will help to protect from that, making it a very cost effective way of keeping your building in good condition.

Curtain wall system installed by Alphamet Aluminium

Curtain wall systems around our glazing installation

Besides being a passive way to protect the building, the curtain wall is designed to keep the structure safe in many different ways. It is intended to deflect the wind away from the structure, which helps to prevent the rain from reaching it. As well as this, it is built to remain stationary, and not sway due to pressure from the winds or even seismic activity, which is where a lot of protection would fall and become a hazard or ineffective.

Curtain walling is also often done with a waterproof design in mind. This is because the sealant which holds the entire structure together is waterproof, and will remain so as long as the seal is intact, which means that water can not get in through the seal. As long as you check it periodically, you’ll find that the building behind the guard is completely protected from the elements.

When you use glass, you will see that you can experience many benefits regarding energy efficiency. The glass blocks which make up the design fit into the core aluminium frame fit into the structure without any room at all, which means that they can trap air inside the building. This means that when the outside months are cold, the warm air from heaters is not lost and is instead trapped. In contrast, the cold air is kept in the building during the summer months, so you’re getting a very efficient way of keeping heat inside the building.

Furthermore, you’ll also see an improved level of light inside the building. When it comes to having a location which has good natural light, companies often look to make sure that this particular feature is one which is prominent. The advantage of a glass based curtain wall is that it allows large quantities of natural light to come into the building. This is good because natural light is much healthier for the body than its artificial counterpart, so you’ll be improving your health and well-being.

Overall, these are just a few of the reasons why a curtain wall is the best possible choice for your building. When you look at all of the different benefits that a curtain wall can provide, it is easy to see why it is such a good choice for any property. The aluminium design ensures that you have a stable structure which is lightweight yet highly robust. It is less likely to break under pressure and more likely to survive the brunt of any and all impacts. It can help to deflect the rain and the wind away from your building and also allow you to trap heat inside the structure and save money on heating bills. Regardless of whether you are a smaller business or a big company, you can all benefit from the heating benefits which can be offered from a curtain wall, and you’ll soon see that it protects your walls for a much greater period than usual.
Alphamet Aluminium are the leaders in curtain wall supply and installation with a dedicated curtain wall division, we have contracts with many leading brands and large retail property management companies throughout the UK to manage curtain wall systems so we understand your needs. If you are looking for a reliable and long established curtain wall installer then why not speak to Darren or a member of the sales team for a free no obligation quote.