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Vive la France! Long live our doors!

Vive la France! Long live our doors!

Trés bien, another job well done. These hardwood timber folding sliding doors were shipped to France and fitted as part of a farmhouse renovation.

Delivered by curtain sider & assisted by forklift truck. You can see from the smile on his face that we delivered client satisfaction.

 

Shabby to Chic, Before & After

Shabby to Chic, Before & After

Transform the way you live!

Studio 30 architects had the perfect visionary for their new project in South East London.

An aluminium Folding Sliding Door set was specified & installed as part of the build, with 5 doors stacking outwards to give maximum space to the newly claimed living space.

 

George Clarke - Restoration Man

George Clarke - Restoration Man

Channel 4's George Clarke helps rescue neglected architectural treasures across Britain.

Aired early 2014 this new series features a Barn outbuilding which belongs to one of our customers. Our client was keen to share the fact that our 'Folding Sliding Doors' were specified as part of the restoration build.

The doors are in production as we speak and actual filming has already begun!

Looking forward to seeing the completed project!

 

Always aiming to please our customers!

Always aiming to please our customers!

It is always nice to receive customer feedback, especially if it leaves you finishing on a high, so when one of our Sales Consultants received this email, we thought it was worth sharing. It made us smile:-)

Hi Vicky

Chris fitted the doors today, as you said a top bloke, everything went very smoothly.  The client will see them on Tuesday and I am sure will be very happy. I am very pleased with the service you have provided and look forward to working with you again. 
I hope you have a good weekend. 

Best wishes T C Watters Gainsford, East Sussex

 

Our Folding Sliding Doors go on an 'Adventure'

Our Folding Sliding Doors go on an 'Adventure'

These pictures were kindly supplied by one of our loyal trade customers and showcase a recent commercial installation and demonstrate how the doors are superbly practical.

The doors were installed at Adventure Island, the UK's No 1 Free admission Fun park! Southend On Sea, Essex. http://www.adventureisland.co.uk

 

National Field Sales Executive (New Build/Construction)

£Salary dependent on experience

Company Car Performance related benefits.

Due to our continued success in the UK market place, we seek to recruit a National Field Sales Executive. We require a candidate who is able to capitalise on this success and create solid professional relationships with the commercial and contracting sector, with a view to the supply of our products to this market.

Working nationwide, you will be required to create and maintain a portfolio of significant accounts and provide any necessary technical support where needed.

Our innovative products are high quality, competitively priced and are ideally suited to the needs of Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Construction industries.

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Keep the party flowing

Keep the party flowing

Imagine having all your friends at home for that barbeque party on a summers evening.

  • Is everyone struggling to squeeze in and out of the patio door you have now?
  • How many of them, after a few drinks, are going to walk straight into the glass? Ouch!
  • How many trip up over the threshold? .... with a glass of red wine!

Allow the traffic to flow and keep the party flowing problem free, give yourself the extra space that you need with a folding sliding door.

Don’t separate your inside from the outside, open your horizons and bring the outside in.

 

Zizzi Ristorante, individually Italian, Folding Sliding Doors, individually British made!

Zizzi Ristorante, individually Italian, Folding Sliding Doors, individually British made!

Another commercial showcase (Watford) for our Oak timber folding sliding (bi-fold) doors, proving yet again the trust in the name & trust in the longevity & durability of our product. All the restaurant fascias were produced by The Folding Sliding Door Company, fixed top windows and bi-fold doors.

 

Customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction

"Worth the wait! Everybody loves the doors and we're really happy with them. They have become the main subject of conversation around the dinner table. Once again many thanks to all at FSD for your great service, advice and support. At times I thought we were being a pest but you made us feel that it was better to ask the question than get it wrong."

Best wishes Paul and Ailsa,
ps: the dog's called 'Charlie'

 

Folding Sliding Floating Doors

Folding Sliding Floating Doors

Eco Floating homes chose to install bi-folding doors from The Folding Sliding Door Company.

They were exhibited at the Ideal Homes show, Earls Court, London taking centre stage at the exhibition.

Eco Floating homes, green, friendly, low carbon sustainable architecture with interiors to inspire calm and harmony. The Floating Homes natural wood exterior integrates into the landscape, beautiful outside and inside. The company's ethos is to construct healthy, ethical homes that enhance the countryside and deliver maximum comfort with minimum energy bills and a small carbon footprint.

Modern Living, high quality homes with exceptional interior and exterior finishes, windows, doors, fixtures, and appliances. Stylish, uplifting, efficient, and expertly built, capturing the essence of modern living.

You can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle all year round, in complete harmony with the water setting.

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Commercial Installations, Broad Street Plaza, Halifax

Commercial Installations, Broad Street Plaza, Halifax

The Folding Sliding Door Company manufactured & delivered bespoke folding sliding doors to two large restaurant outlets.

A leisure complex expected to boost local economy by £8 million has opened its doors in Halifax. The Halifax regeneration project, which began in July 2010, has created about 400 jobs within the 280,000 sq ft development. 

West Yorkshire developer Gregory Projects says the site has visibly transformed the centre of Halifax and is the most significant regeneration scheme in the Calderdale town in over a decade. 

The purpose-built £40 million complex at Broad Street Plaza, in the centre of the town, is now also home to other outlets, including Nandos, TGI Friday's, Frankie and Benny's, The Chinese Buffet, Wetherspoons, Harvester, Pizza Express and Pure Gym.

 

We can make your dreams a reality...

We can make your dreams a reality...
 

 

Job Vacancy - Sales Consultants

Sales Consultants

£Competitive + excellent commission structure

Do you have the passion and drive to want to succeed in our dynamic sales environment? Look no further, the Folding Sliding Door Company is for you!
Based in our Head Office, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, you will be responsible for the professional management of client’s requirements, from initial enquiry through to closure of sale.
You will actively promote the unique features of our products over the competition and you will provide excellent service and advice to existing and prospective clients.

We are looking for:

Forward thinking, adaptable persons with:

  • A minimum of two years ‘ sales experience in a target- driven environment
  • A strong team ethic , and high levels of personal ambition
  • Excellent IT/PC skills Ability to manage and prioritise workload Ability to accept and manage change in a fast-paced and competitive environment
  • A passion for Sales

Experience of sales in the window and door industry is preferable, but it is not essential, as comprehensive training will be given

If you would like to apply to join us, please send your CV, quoting reference SC 13 to:

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CE Compliant

From the 1st of July 2013 it becomes mandatory that all construction products including Folding Sliding Doors MUST display the CE Mark. Products not CE Marked after this date cannot legally be placed on the market!

Mandating CE Marking enforces the disclosure of performance between different manufacturers and suppliers allowing for clear comparisons of performance and enabling customers to make an informed choice!

CE Marking demonstrates a product has been tested against a harmonised standard and the performance information is reliable and has been registered by a notified body.

The Folding Sliding Door Company has produced a Declaration Of Performance and is fully CE compliant!

 

CE Compliance

What is changing?

CE Marking will become mandatory in the UK from 1st July 2013 as set out in the Construction Products Regulation 2011. Therefore any window or external door product that is NOT CE Marked after this date cannot legally be placed on the market.

Why has it changed? What is it for?

For some time all electrical and medical devices have needed a CE Mark to demonstrate safety and performance. This is simply being extended to construction products including Windows, Doors and Conservatories etc

So What? What does this mean to me? What if I buy a product that is Not CE Marked after 1st July 2013? What is it for?

CE Marking enforces the disclosure of performance between different manufacturers allowing you to make an informed choice and clear comparison between products. Would you want a heart valve or buy a TV that didn’t have a Declaration of Performance?

  • It will be illegal to supply non-CE marked Products After 1st July 2013

It is unclear how the system will be policed at the moment but some potential outcomes

  • Non CE Marked products will not meet Building Regulations hence Buildings Inspector will not sign off a project
  • Products may not meet criteria for Insurance Backed Schemes such as FENSA
  • Insurance Companies may void claims upon discovery of the installations of Non CE Marked products
  • You may be putting your own safety at risk!

 

This is the law from 1st July 2013 - If its not CE Marked DO NOT buy it..!!

Q. What is changing?

A. CE Marking will become mandatory in the UK from 1st July 2013 as set out in the Construction Products Regulation 2011. Therefore any window or external door product (without resistance to fire and/or smoke leakage characteristics) ''NOT '' CE Marked after this date cannot legally be placed on the market.

Q. Who is responsible for CE Marking?

A. Everyone in the supply chain has a responsibility to cascade the correct data, but the organisation who places the complete product on the market is responsible for affixing the CE Mark and accompanying information. In conclusion this is the organisation that brings the frame and glass together. This organisation is described as the ‘manufacturer’.

Q. I am an installer who purchases unglazed windows.

A. If you are an installer who purchases unglazed frames and glazed units separately, you are classed as the manufacturer and have responsibility for affixing the CE Mark and accompanying information.

Q. I am an installer who purchases glazed windows.

A. If you are an installer who purchases glazed frames, whilst you are not absolved of all responsibility you will not be required to affix the CE Mark and accompanying information. However you will have a responsibility to ensure that the CE Mark and information is available so that you can cascade it to the purchaser.

Q. What should I do next?

A. CE Marking becomes a regularity requirement across the EU from 1st July 2013 as a result of the Construction Products Regulation.. If your product is not CE Marked on or after this date,

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I buying from a specialist company in folding sliding doors?

The word specialist derives from the medical field, meaning “A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery”. To specialise in one particular field of the glazing industry is to have accurate knowledge and skill in that field. The term folding sliding door specialist is used so flippantly by companies that also manufacture windows, French doors, sliding patio doors, roofs and conservatories.

There are many upvc and joinery companies that believe that they can simply manufacture some rectangle panels, fit some hardware on them that they purchase from their hardware supplier and call themselves a folding sliding door specialist. We specialise in folding sliding doors only. The design and manufacture of folding sliding doors is an exact science. Do not buy from chancers.

Our doors are manufactured using our own UKAS tested profile and hardware; this has been developed over the past eight years with our three main designers offering a wealth of engineering knowledge and having over 25 years experience in the science of creating Folding Sliding Doors systems alone. Our system is manufactured to the highest standards of ISO9001:2008, thus gaining us the following accreditations:

Are all folding sliding doors the same?

We often hear customers on the telephone say “well one folding sliding door is the same as any another, isn't it?” or “I would like a folding sliding door”. All folding sliding doors are not the same. This is a bit like going into a car dealership and saying “I would like a car”. There are big differences from manufacturer to manufacturer. Materials used, hardware used, strength, longevity, function and warranty.

Why can you compete on price?

Most companies offering folding sliding doors are based in high value property areas. They pay high rates for the property they are based at. We are based in regeneration area, our rates are low and discounted as we provide local employment to over 25 of our factory staff that come from the area.

Nearly all of our competitors buy their doors from else where or buy their hardware and profiles at a loaded price through a middle man or supplier. We manufacture our own hardware at our quality assured UKAS & ISO-9001 certified factory.

We buy our aluminium profiles directly from our extruders in Banbury and Guangdong and our timber from the UK's largest importers. We do not buy through an agent or middle man. We do not have expensive sales reps. We have no need to hard sell.

What do you mean when you say "We will beat any like for like quotation"?

There are many different folding sliding doors on the market and it can be quite confusing as to which one to buy.

Like for Like refers to: specialist engineered folding sliding doors and not "I'll get some upvc, aluminium or timber, make some rectangles and stick some hardware on them" folding sliding doors. Like for Like refers to: 70mm Thermally broken aluminium, 70mm Thermally broken aluminium and timber clad and 65mm to 70mm Laminated hardwood.

Like for Like refers to: an inline folding sliding door that does not have hinges, rollers or track fixed to the face of the system. You can not see the rollers or track when the door is closed. The hinges are not face fixed, they do not have large plastic covers on them to hide the hinge and fixing screws. The system can be inward or outward stacking and still maintain security. The system can be any possible configuration of your choice.

There is not a like for like offer on Upvc as we are the only manufacturer of the inline folding sliding door, of which we have the designright until 2017.

What is the difference with your track and other tracks?

We offer an inline out of site track system, this track system is strong and secure. It is supplied to you flush as standard, however it can incorporate a sill. All our running gear is concealed and is resistant to attack from potential intruders.

You should be very cautious when choosing your door system as the track is a vital part of the security of your door. If an intruder can get access to the track, they have easy access to your home with the simple lift of a crow bar. These systems can only be inward opening. Many of these door systems do not have a water resistant flush track option.

What is the difference in delivery waiting period?

Many companies (specialists) in the folding sliding door industry have their doors manufactured in Europe and ship them to you, hence the delivery waiting period being from 8 to 24 weeks. We manufacture between 200 to 300 door sets per week and have a maximum of 3 weeks delivery waiting period. Once the doors are manufactured and quality checked, they are boxed and racked ready for delivery or collection.

An important point to note is that you need to consider what happens if things go wrong. As with any other product that you purchase, they can break down or get damaged. The question here is, how long do you have to wait for a replacement?

Our replacement policy is that customers requiring replacements are jumped to the front of the manufacturing queue to reduce your waiting time. We do not have to import your replacement parts from another country.

Do all companies selling folding sliding doors manufacture them?

No, there are many companies that buy their doors from manufactures abroad and then sell them to you. These countries include Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Turkey and even China. Some companies buy their doors from more than one country.

We have factories in Bradford UK, Orlando Florida USA, Kelowna Canada. Each factory supplies its own country.

Is the locking on all doors secure?

Many systems are fitted with aluminium rod locking with plastic cones on the top. Their reason for this is that if you were to use steel bolts it would wear the aluminium track.

Our tracking is extruded to specification "6063:T6". "T6" indicates the tempered strength of the aluminium, T6 = Very Strong. Many manufactures use "T4" or "T5". "T4" can be bent to create curved tracks.

Our company chairman was once employed by a European folding sliding door company that use this type of locking. Whilst in their employment he was shown a way to unlock a locked door in seconds with the use of basic tools. As more of these doors enter the market there is a chance that this information will get into the wrong hands.

Other systems that have appeared on the market over the last 2 years use flush shoot bolt locking that is fitted to the face of the door. As a result you have to manually lock each bolt separately. The system looks very well presented, however the running tracks on an outward opening system leave the door vulnerable to intruder attack and entry. These doors are only sold as inward opening.

Security is one of our main concerns when it come to door design.

All our locking has hardened steel hook locks, dead bolts and top and bottom shoot bolts. All our locks are tested secure and have a "Sold Secure" rating. We are a Sold Secure approved installer.

At present The Folding Sliding Door Company is the only company in the UK to submit its system to a UKAS accredited testing station for PAS 24 security endurance testing and passed with flying colours.

During the tests the doors were hammered, rammed, pounded, pulled, pushed, lifted and crow bared by forces that equalled a 20 stone man trying to force entry.

Are all door systems weather tight?

Most systems on the market are weather tight, with high performance rubber seals and brush seals. However, there are some systems that have little or no seals at all. One crude but easy test is to close a folding door onto a sheet of paper and try to pull the paper out. If it pulls out easily there is not a water tight compression on the seals.

Our system has been tested at a UKAS accredited testing station and passed the PAS23 weather test to extreme weather conditions of over 300 pascals.

We use 2 rubber EPDM seals on each side of each panel and high performance brush seals on the top and bottom of the panel.

The system also includes a tongue and groove feature to (1) prevent water infiltration, (2) keep the system stable with one panel interlocking with another and (3) to prevent attack by an intruder.

Is a folding sliding door easy to install?

As for our competitions doors, we couldn't really say. However, feedback that we have received from installers that have installed different systems, has been that ours is the easiest system they have ever installed.

Our system is supplied with easy to follow fitting instructions, (click here view our online video guide).

Do all systems come with a long warranty?

Most manufactures only offer a 12 month warranty, some a little longer.

We are so confident in our product that all of our doors come with a 25 Year Warranty.

All of our door systems are also supplied with a 10 year Insurance Backed Guarantee by Home Pro Insurance.

Are you an environmentally aware company?

Yes we are, we only buy our timber from the largest importers in the UK that are members of the following

 

All of our factory has be fitted out with sodium lighting that uses approximately 10% of the electricity that a florescent light uses and produces more light.

We reuse and recycle nearly all of our waste.

How do you dispose of your waste?

As a manufacturer that creates a lot of waste, we feel that is our moral responsibility to recycle all of our waste.

  • Our timber waste is chipped and collected by a large extraction unit.
  • The chipped waste timber is then extracted to a briquette machine.
  • The briquette machine compresses the waste with 8 tonnes of pressure.
  • Small briquettes of timber waste are formed that are nearly as hard as a cricket ball.
  • These briquettes are the used to fuel heaters to heat the factory.
  • All of our aluminium waste is placed in bins that are collected by a recycling agent.

 

 

A True Specialist

Inline folding sliding doors are best left to the experts.

Too many corners have been cut in recently launched systems. A common failing is the use of either a top or bottom running track but not both.

These design omissions can compromise the effectiveness, security and operating limits of the system.

The Folding Sliding Door Company currently manufactures doors in sizes up to 4 metres high and 15 metres wide

The Folding Sliding Door Company offers a 25 year lifetime warranty on its product. "That's how much confidence we have in our product".

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The Folding Sliding Door Company bites back!

Folding Sliding Doors Limited is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Demand has rocketed and competitors may have arrived but this complex product is still best left to the experts, says founder Paul Shearman.

It was 2001 when Paul Shearman, a joiner working in the window industry, developed an inline folding sliding door system. The main improvement over previous attempts was in the hardware. He used flush hinges, slim handles and a running track on the top and bottom of the opening for even weight distribution and ease of operation of the opening panels.

The appeal of this product was that the door leaves folded neatly to create a wider opening – perfect for cafes in summertime or rooms in the home that face the garden, to give just two examples.

Paul Shearman continued to improve his product. "We were the first to develop an inline PVC-U folding sliding door system with no face fixed hardware and concealed running gear in 2003", he says. Paul's development was an advance on the cumbersome out bound hardware that was available and the introduction of running tracks meant smooth operation and the positive support to enable the manufacture of taller and wider folding sliding doors. Flush tracks were fitted as standard, complying with Part M disability access regulations, and the absence of faced fixed hinges made the installation more secure.

Within two years Folding Sliding Doors had acquired premises and was employing 16 staff to manufacture the product, which utilised VEKA Matrix PVC-U window and door profile. Turnover had reached £1 million by 2003. This year the Bradford company is on course to achieve £10 million turnover.

Today, the company makes inline folding sliding doors in aluminium, timber, ali-clad timber and a range of PVC-U systems. In addition, Folding Sliding Doors manufactures its own range of hardware which it supplies to some major retail and commercial trade manufacturers.

The popularity of these glazed doors has soared during the company's time in business as property owners have realised the potential of wider openings in commercial buildings and homes. This type of product, often supplied by Folding Sliding Doors, has featured on many TV home improvement programmes.

The product commands a high value. Consequently many installation companies have been keen to add it to their portfolio and some new companies have tried their hand at manufacturing it. A recent trend has seen several window systems companies develop their own system in an effort to grab a share of this market for themselves.

Installation Instructions


  1. The bottom track is the most critical step. Ensure the track is fixed firm and level in both directions. For longer tracks you may require a laser level. Pre-drill the track 100mm from each end and then 500mm apart. The track port is positioned at the stacking side.
  2. The first jamb to fix is the one that the door is to stack open against. Ensure the jamb is fixed square on the track and level on both faces. This jamb must be firmly fixed to the wall to carry the weight of the door. Thermalite, breeze block or cavity fixed jamb must be firmly strapped to ensure no side to side or rocking movement.
  3. Position the top track on top of the jamb and position, place the other jamb under the top track to hold it in place. If practically possible, do not fix the top track at this stage.
  4. Ensure the second jamb is fixed square on the track and level on both faces. This jamb must be firmly fixed to the wall to carry the weight of the door. Thermalite, breeze block or cavity fixed jamb must be firmly strapped to ensure no side to side or rocking movement.
  5. Ensure the top track is fixed firm and level in both directions. For longer tracks you may require a laser level. Pre-drill the track 100mm from each end and then 500mm apart. The track port is positioned at the stacking side.
  6. Remove the top and bottom hinges from the connecting edge of the 2nd and 3rd (and 4th & 5th if applicable) panel and attach them to the rollers. Set the rollers by winding the bottom Allen bolt to 32mm for the bottom roller and 35mm for the top. The measurement is taken from the top of the black carrier to the underside of the T on the roller.
  7. Insert all the rollers into the tracks. Ensure the hinge is positioned on the right side.
  8. Lift the first panel into position. We recommend that two persons lift the panels. For easy positioning, place timber on the floor so that the top of the timber is 8mm higher than the top of the bottom track. Lift the panel onto to timber. Locate the hinges and fix to the first jamb. Check the panel for parallel positioning and clearance with the tracks.
  9. Insert the half cylinder with the keys in. Rotate the keys to position the cylinder accurately into the lock. Insert the fixing bolt and tighten. Be careful not to over tighten the fixing bolt. Mark, pre-drill and screw on the cylinder cover.
  10. Insert the shorter square bar into the lock. The bar should project no more than 5mm from the face of the panel. Mark, pre-drill and screw on the handle with the lever facing down.
  11. Using the same method as the first panel, fix the second panel. Slide the top and bottom roller onto the panel, position and fix. Check the panel for parallel positioning and clearance with the tracks. Adjustment to the rollers may be required at this stage. Note: For 4, 5 and 6 panel door sets, repeat steps 8, 9, 10 and 11. For 2, 4, or 6 panels folding in one direction, a solid hinge is attached to the top and bottom roller of the last panel.
  12. Attach the swing panel.
  13. Insert the full cylinder with the keys in. Rotate the keys to position the cylinder accurately into the lock. Insert the fixing bolt and tighten. Be careful not to over tighten the fixing bolt. Mark, pre-drill and screw on the cylinder covers.
  14. Insert the longer square bar into the lock. The bar should project no more than 5mm from the face of the panel. Mark, pre-drill and screw on the handle with the lever facing horizontally.
  15. Open the door and lock the swing panel into the track. Slide the door closed so that it is positioned 50mm from the closing jamb. Using masking tape, mark the position of the bolts. Mark, pre-drill and screw on the keeps in accordance to your bolt markings.
  16. Cut to size and clip in the fixing covers into the jambs.
  17. Seal around the frame and remove the protective tape.
  18. Clip the drip caps into the slots on the outside of the panels.

FSDC Global is an ISO 9001 and (US) NAMI Quality Assured organisation with nationally recognised accreditations such as CE Compliancy and Document Q in the UK, and Florida Building Code

    
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