An excellent choice for both residential and commercial applications, slender aluminium bi-fold doors add a sense of unmatched sophistication if installed correctly. The innovative concertina configuration delivers decades of trouble-free operation.

Working with discerning architects, developers, installers, and homeowners located across the North West, our specialised installation team have extensive experience in fitting all aluminium systems including beautiful bifolds. So, if your renovation project requires bi-fold doors in a load bearing wall and you’re wondering what needs to be considered before going ahead, these 3 tips are for you.

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What is classed as a load bearing wall?

Before we begin, let’s be clear on what a load bearing wall is. A load bearing wall is one which supports other elements of the building, most commonly the roof, the wall above, and the floor joists.

A structural engineer or surveyor should be employed to determine if a wall is load bearing. If your project requires a site survey prior to installation, we can also provide a professional surveyor.

Installing bi-fold doors on a load bearing wall

  1. Understand what the wall is supporting

Bifold doors can be fitted into almost any opening, as long as there is adequate support. You can tell whether it is a load bearing wall if:

  • the wall has posts or supports
  • there are other walls directly above it
  • floor and ceiling joists meet over the wall.
  1. Install a rolled steel lintel

Exterior bifold doors for load bearing walls require a strengthening lintel for horizontal support. Heavy-duty or rolled steel lintel’s offer the best support and suit almost any wall thickness or application.

  1. Employ a forward-thinking aluminium specialist

If bifold doors are installed incorrectly into a load-bearing wall, there's every chance they could weaken it and cause it to collapse. The safest option is to enlist the help of a professional installer.

With a combined industry experience of over 20 years, Aliview has established itself as a reliable and high-quality source of bespoke aluminium glazing solutions. Featuring in some of the most high-end projects across Britain, we manufacture, supply, and install a wide range of high-quality aluminium glazing products - from contemporary bi-fold and aluminium sliding doors to high performance curtain walling and traditional Heritage style windows.

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Have a browse through our bifold door brochure for full technical details and then peruse our gorgeous installation gallery for unrivalled inspiration.

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