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Leading trade fabricator Customade has reported a marked rise in the production of its aluminium products, with sales of bi-fold doors at an all time high. The growing number of homeowners choosing to stay in their properties, coupled with a shift towards designer style interiors, is believed to have led to a 50 per cent increase in the company’s output of aluminium since last year.

Andy Thomas, Customade’s sales and marketing director, says: “There’s been a phenomenal rise in the demand for our bi-fold doors. This has been fuelled by homeowners choosing to maximise what they have in their existing homes rather than move house. Bi-fold doors are also considered to be a must in any desirable new build property. With winter now behind us, we expect there to be a further increase in bi-fold installations as design-conscious consumers seek to increase the space and light within their homes and make the most of what the great British summer will bring!”

One of the company’s most popular bi-fold doors is the Visofold 1000 from Smart Architectural Aluminium. With its slim profile, the Visofold 1000 door is an internally beaded 70mm system which has been designed to offer good looks without compromising on security.

“As one of Smart’s largest fabricators, we consistently offer very competitive prices and superb manufacturing quality, plus quick turnarounds on stock colours of this door,” says Andy. “This door has been designed without compromise thanks to its very slim sightlines and multi-point locking system, which makes it one of the best looking and secure doors in its class,” he adds.

Created specifically for residential use, the door can comfortably achieve the wide spans required to provide a large opening which seamlessly connects the home and garden. It features a number of threshold options, including a Part M compliant low threshold and a wide choice of opening configurations to suit customer’s individual requirements.

The door has been designed with energy efficiency in mind too. It features a polyamide thermal break that enhances the thermal performance of the profile and improves the overall U-value. The profiles feature EPDM high quality gaskets and weather brushes for added weather resistance. It comes with a wide choice of glass options, which are all energy efficient and comply with the latest building regulations. Standard units are Argon filled to achieve a U-value of 1.2 W/m2K. There is also a self clean glass option, solar control option and a triple glazed option, capable of achieving a U-value of 1.1/0.9 and 0.7 W/m2K.

High security multipoint locks feature on the main opening sashes with shootbolt locking mechanisms on the floating mullions. The door is available in Customade’s stock colours of white, anthracite grey and black. There is a further choice of 200 RAL colours and dual colour options. Handles are available in black, white or chrome with black or white hinges.

Customade has 32 years of fabrication experience and currently fabricates up to 300 aluminium windows and doors a week. A member of DGCOS and an accredited member of FEEFO, Customade offers a comprehensive 25 year guarantee on paint, 20 years on glazing and 10 years on installation.

Customade adopts a simple price per pane approach making it a quick and simple process for customers to price doors in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colours. A selection of RAL colours and finishes can also be easily priced. Please contact Customade on 01453 826884 for a free demonstration version of the software or to obtain a copy of the easy to use price list.


For further information on the bi-fold door, please contact Customade’s marketing hotline on 0800 0094 203 or visit  www.customade.co.uk


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