Conservatories with bifold doors have become increasingly popular in recent years. They add to the value of your home and create the perfect entrance to your abode.

Conservatories are renowned for giving thieves easier access to your home, especially when they are poorly constructed.


How to make your conservatories more secured


Use toughened glass

Ensure you use toughened glass to reinforce your conservatory doors, windows or roof. Besides affording protection from weathering, toughened glass is almost unbreakable – which means it could be hard for any burglar to break through.


Opt for internal beading rather than external

Use internal beading for the rest of the glass and not just for the windows. External beading will make it possible for burglars to open your windows from the outside, which is why internal beading is the better alternative.


Install a door with an advanced locking system

Doors should be safe at all times. Bifold doors, which are becoming a popular choice for many conservatories in the UK, are complete with great locking mechanisms with inline tracking systems.


Consider installing other security locks

There are many locking system options that are ideal for conservatories. One of the most common is the shoot lock system which can be used on windows and doors.


Common bifold door problems


Here are some common bifold door problems and how to deal with them:


Doors become loose and wobbly

Bifold doors that have become loose may have come away from their track. If not, there may be a problem with the door’s top or bottom fixtures. The fixtures may be loose and this will cause the door to swing slightly.


Solution: Use a blunt object to bend the metal in the opposite direction. This will help to correct kinks in the track. You can also check if the metal parts are loose. Tighten the screws carefully and then check that the door is working properly.


Panels are becoming stiff and difficult to operate

If you notice that your bifold doors have become stiff and sometimes difficult to open or close, there may be a problem with the lock dragging on the frame.


Solution: To fix this problem, tighten the screw on the “hinge” side of the door. Check the lock to see if there are any changes. Continue doing this until you have fixed the problem.


The bottom part of the door is touching the floor

If the bottom part of the door sometimes drags the floor, this could mean that the door frame is deformed or slanted.


Solution: A DIY fix is not the answer in this case. This is a major problem and requires more than basic knowledge. It would be best to leave this to the pros.


Bifold doors from Slide or Fold ensure a lifetime of use. They don’t just add value they also provide a safe and secured shelter. Look after your doors and your doors will look after you!