Do’s and Don’ts for Buying Bi-Fold Doors

Aluminum bi-fold doors, also known as folding glass walls or accordion doors, have recently grown in popularity but purchasing these types of doors is a huge decision and investment. As such, it’s important to consider all the dos and don’ts when choosing a supplier and designing your doors.


Do follow regulations. Building regulations are constantly updated, so ask if the bi-fold doors or folding glass walls you wish to buy pass the current regulations. Solar Innovations® keeps up to date with testing and most products have attained Florida, NFRC, Miami NOA, TDI, and Acoustical credentials.

Do think about inswing vs outswing. Decide on how you want to maximize your space and communicate it with the supplier.

Do work with an experienced company. Solar Innovations® will meet your exact specifications to create the perfect fit for your home or business. Choosing a reputable company will limit your risk of getting left in the lurch with future remedial work.

Do “try before you buy.” We have an onsite showroom with all our products that allows you to see how they work, test the ease of operation, and talk with our panel of experts.

Do consider the rest of your decor. You might dream of neon green frames – but what will buyers think if/when you sell your house? We can manufacture bi-fold doors practically in any color that you can think of, but it’s worth considering how the doors are going to look with your existing decor and glazing.

Consult the experts. Ebay is not a place to ever buy doors! When buying bi-fold doors, keep in mind quality over price. Speak with our knowledgeable staff to get a bi-fold door that will last and impress.


Don’t buy a poor purely on price. The old saying “you get what you pay for” could not be truer than when buying bi-fold doors. To make the most of your investments, never judge a product simply by its price.

Don’t forget privacy. While these are perfect for opening up spaces to the outdoors, don’t forget about those times you want a little privacy or shade. We offer several screen/blinds to keep pests out and increase privacy.

Don’t buy doors with external tracks. An external track is bolted on to the bottom frame of the door – instead of being an integral part of the frame. This can cause issues in security and function since it means the door may not have originally been created as a bi-fold door.

Don’t install yourself. Part of having a functioning and beautiful system is in having a professional installer. Solar can install bi-folds in a 6 hour radius of our Pine Grove, PA facility and we have a network of dealers who can install in all other states.

So if a bi-fold door is what you are looking for, contact us today for a tour of our showroom or to start designing the perfect system for your home or business.