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Beautiful Beachside Bi Fold Doors

If you are one of many people along any of our coasts who get to live right by the beach, then there is no arguing that you should be designing and improving your home to maximise the beautiful scenery and landscape that is right on your doorstep!

When you live so close to the ocean, you want to be getting as much of that natural wonder in your home as possible, and we at Southern Cross Windows firmly believe that we have the right solution for this.

We’re talking, of course, about bi fold doors!

Let’s take a look at why they are so perfect for beachside homes.

Bi fold doors have the ability to maximise all of that natural light that surrounds your home.

Properties by the sea get to experience some of the best sunny days and bi fold doors can help to bring that sunlight right inside.

The nature of bi fold doors means that they are easily slid away to create a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors and vice versa.

When you have the natural beauty of the beach to enjoy from the comfort of your own backyard, you might as well maximize that effect as much as possible.

There is a great deal of easy access to be gained from bi fold doors, which is perfect for when you are entertaining outdoors and want to create an open pathway between, say, the kitchen and the garden area.

This can be beneficial if you are barbecuing and want to go back forth a lot.

Even with all of these great benefits, something that clinches it for many people is that bi fold doors are really easy to care for and maintain.

They don’t require much elbow grease to stay in shape, and the cleaning side of things is reminiscent of any window in your home.

So, if you live near the ocean and those benefits sound like something that you want to incorporate in to your own home, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to explore what kind of bi fold doors we can install for you.

If you’re living with an ocean view but have yet to feel the benefit of bi fold doors, then you simply aren’t getting the full value experience out of your home!

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Have You Considered Bifold Doors?

When you get to experience such glorious weather as we routinely do here on the Gold Coast, then something that deserves much more consideration than you might first think is the quality and style of your home’s windows and doors.

You want your living environment to compliment the climate as much as possible, and here at Southern Cross Windows, we happen to think that bifold doors are the perfect solution.

If you don’t know what bifold doors are, then simply put, there are doors that are comprised of a number of panels that are hinged together, allowing for full retraction and stacking to the sides. This type of door brings with it lots of different advantages and benefits, here are some of the best.

 

  • Bifold doors give you the chance to receive as much natural light from the outdoors in to your home as possible.
  • The versatile nature of the folding doors makes it really simple to combine two rooms into one larger room for functions and special parties.
  • The doors are incredibly easy to manoeuvre and stack away to one or both sides, making for a smooth and problem free operation whenever you want to change the dynamic of the room.
  • The doors have an outward track system, which means that they are very easy to maintain and clean any grit, sand, or other debris away from.
  • The access panels have a four-point locking system which ensures that you experience as much security and safety when they are locked as freedom and spaciousness when they are open.
  • The doors come in a wide variety of colours to fit any kind of interior home décor.
  • They are powder coated to ensure much better strength and durability, an incredibly important feature when you are talking about windows and doors.
  • With a maximum height of 3.1 metres and a maximum width of 8 metres, we can pretty much guarantee that our doors can be manufactured to fit any kind of space that you need to be filled in your home.

So, if those reasons appeal to you, and you think that bifold doors might be a great addition to your own home, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call, one of our dedicated team members will be more than happy to discuss options, quotes and details with you.

Transform your home with the help of our quality doors today!

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How to Update Your Home with Modern Windows

Although they often go unnoticed, windows and doors are vital parts of all buildings.

Whether the family home or the office block, they are quite complicated interfaces between the inside and outside worlds.

Just because they have been in place for decades doesn’t mean they should be taken for granted.

Whether you are staying put or thinking of selling, you should take a good look at window and door replacement.

With the right help, these can both have huge benefits.

Old To New

It is quite often very easy to replace old with new. Window frames are fitted into standard sizes and shapes.

If you’ve had a leaking hinge for years but didn’t want to alter the look of your property, fear not.

Especially here on the Gold Coast, wooden window and door frames suffer over time.

There are materials and designs available today which give you the option of making changes without it being obvious.

If you want to keep the look of your home or business, you can. But you can also make it cheaper to run and nicer to live and or work in.

On the other hand, you might decide to go with a brand new look. You might want to open up a whole wall area to let more light in.

Or you might have an idea that your property would be worth more if it had bigger windows.

These kinds of decisions are made every day.

There is no shame in wanting to move forwards, but it doesn’t have to mean ruining a good looking property.

Fitting Options

As experienced window and door replacement specialists on the Gold Coast, we know just how good your options are.

Depending on your budget, you can have a huge effect on your home with minimal disruption and expense.

Retrofitting is a very popular way of updating homes with modern windows.

It is not always possible, but is the easiest and most cost effective way of fitting new windows and doors.

With this method of replacement, your new windows are fitted into their existing casings.

Brick to brick replacement means taking your entire window casing out and replacing it.

This is more time consuming than retrofitting and causes more disruption during the job. It is also more expensive.

While retrofitting is cheaper in the short term, in the long term you may lose money through higher energy bills.

Ageing casings are inefficient and let warmth out. Brick to brick replacement is the most energy and cost efficient option in the long term.

Find Out More

If you’re thinking about window and door replacement, get in touch.

There are probably many options out there.

Why not start by visiting our website to contact us or give us a call on 07 5534 3300.

You may also find our previous post of interest to you:

 

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Do You Need To Replace Your Windows Or Doors?

Window and door replacements should not be overlooked to revamp the look of your property.

As property owners, you can spend a lot of time and money redecorating and buying new furnishings in an effort to update the look of your home.

Then, there’s the money you spend on heating and air conditioning units to ensure your property is comfortable all year round.

Outdated, poorly fitted or damaged windows and doors could sabotage any cost savings you may make from energy efficient units, with drafts that bring in the cold in winter and gaps to let in the heat in summer.

Not only that, if you have a stylish interior the look could be negated by old and worn windows and doors fitted in the facade.

Damaged or warped frames and fittings

If you find you have issues either opening or closing your windows and doors it be the results of warped frames.

Over time, especially with newer homes, properties are susceptible to movement, this isn’t a major concern as it’s part of the building process.

However, movement combined with the hot Australian weather can soften and eventually warp the window and door frames.

Wood Framed Windows and Doors

Due to changeable seasons and harsh weather conditions, timber-framed windows and doors require annual maintenance and treatment, without it they can quickly become rotten and in some cases quite dangerous.

If you have wood-framed units, consider window and door replacements made from PVC or aluminium for greater flexibility and efficiency.

Poorly sealed or broken windows

You spend time and money heating and cooling your property, but for greatest efficiency your property should be sealed to avoid heating and cooling loss.

If a window or door has suffered a seal break or deterioration, or if a window unit is broken, your heating or air conditioning unit will have to work harder.

This can result in increased utility bills of about 25% each quarter.

Historic buildings and aesthetic makeovers.

Making an investment in new windows and doors could pay off if you are considering selling your property.

An aesthetic makeover along with the cost-saving green efficiency of new units have been proven as key selling points for new homebuyers.

If you have an historic building and require new windows and doors, you can look at modern units in classic and traditional designs.

Modern manufacturing techniques can provide you with windows and doors that are sympathetic to the style of your building yet come with the full benefits that modern units provide.

Speak To Us Today

For all of your window and door replacements, Southern Cross Windows in Currumbin Waters will provide you with a solution that is right for you and your home.

Call our office today on 07 5534 3300 and speak to a knowledgeable member of our team, we offer no obligation, free quotations and come with a wealth of advice and experience.

You may also find our previous post of interest to you:

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Benefits Of Our Different Doors

There are a lot of different types of doors and styles now available on the market, and selecting the right one for you and your home can be challenging.

The first thing to do is to take a look at the different types on offer, such as bi-fold doors, sliding doors, stacker doors and hinged options.

All doors are locally made and custom built, available as a standalone product or a value installation package.

An abundance of Choice

Bi-fold Doors

Comprise of a number of framed panels, hinged together.

The doors are opened with a smooth gliding action with the panels stacking neatly against each other.

Allowing unobstructed exterior views and access to natural light and ventilation.

Easy to keep clean this is a versatile option that enables you to combine rooms and entertainment spaces in your home.

This will also work to open up your garden area to the outdoors during the warmer months.

These doors can be made to fit a wide range of openings.

They will be manufactured and delivered to your home and installed to your requirements by one of our professional installation team.

Sliding Doors

There is a large range of streamlined sliding designs on offer, with modern flexible styles and concealed fixings giving a clean finish and appearance.

Rounded edges prevent curtain snagging and a precision Euro track roller system allowing for easy operation and a smooth sliding action.

Stylish handles complete with mortice locks means superior security.

Manufactured to suit your homes requirements, they can be supplied and delivered or if you prefer we can install for you using one of our highly skilled tradespeople.

The Signature range is available for specialised environments.

Stacker Doors

Two panels that slide behind one fixed panel, when the panel connects with the next, they interlock and slide together.

These are a versatile option allowing them to be used for any home environment.

Stylish handles complete with mortice locks provides superior security. High quality seals offer improved weather proofing performance and security.

The Essential range suits most spaces in the home and the Signature range will accommodate specialised environments and bigger spaces.

This means offering enhanced acoustic and thermal performance.

They can be made to measure for your exact specifications.

Hinged Doors

Turn your homes entrance into a feature with a variety of styles, snap-on door stops, full locking options.

This will help ensure security and safety and full joint sealing for maximum weather protection.

The hinged option will enhance any home. Low maintenance and high durability, complete with our options of in-swing or out-swing door frames are available.

Contact Us

At Southern Cross Windows we expertly manufacture and install all aluminium windows, doors and stunning bi-fold doors.

We go the extra mile to exceed your expectations.

Call 07 5534 3300 for a free quote or visit our website to fill in our form.

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Bring the Outside in with Bifold Doors!

The glorious weather on the Gold Coast is a big reason to embrace outdoor living.

Bifold doors could help you experience your yard in a unique way and make the most of the hot weather without sacrificing your comfort.

What Are Bifold Doors?

Bifold doors consist of different panels that are hinged together. The panels stack against each other when you open the doors. The doors feature aluminium frames with glass panels to give the room a full view of the outside.

Thanks to the design, these doors allow sunlight to enter the room without any obstructions.

Expand Your Space

One of the biggest advantages of bifold doors is they can give the impression of a bigger room.

The presence of natural light can open it up and make your living space blend in with the exterior. If you open the doors fully, you will enjoy an environment where the inside and outside of the home work together to give you the best of both worlds.

These doors are perfect if you love entertaining or if you enjoy alfresco dining.

These doors are very easy to use and to maintain. The panels slide and stack smoothly so anyone can operate them.

You simply need to clean the glass panels regularly and clean away sand or grit from the track system.

You can choose among a large range of colours to complement the existing décor of your home. The frame is powder-coated to make the system more durable.

The bifold model has a 4-point locking system to give you security and peace of mind.

The doors are customisable, and you can choose between single or double side stacking. You can have a single-entry door as well for added convenience without having to give up the benefits of a bifold door.

The maximum height for these doors is 3100mm and a maximum width of 8000mm so they can fit most openings.

If you are looking for ways to make your home more attractive whilst letting your family enjoy outdoor living, get a quote from Southern Cross Windows.

We are proud of the excellent services we offer, and we will make sure you are happy with your choice.

For expert advice on the design and installation of your new bi-fold doors or windows, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Glass Doors and Windows on the Gold Coast.

We have a large range of frame colours and glass tints available.

You might find our previous post Why You Need Bi Fold Doors This Summer of interest:

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Why you need bi-fold doors this summer

In summer, we tend to spend more time outside, entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Bi-fold doors gives you the flexibility to enhance your summertime fun, whilst cooling down even the most sauna-like homes —and the benefits don’t end there!

What are bi-fold doors?

Made up of a number of durable aluminium-framed panels, bi-fold doors glide along a track to provide an uninterrupted view of your entertaining area or yard. The panels are hinged together, allowing for them to be easily opened and closed on either side of the track.

By installing bi-fold doors, you’re getting so much more than a secure, stylish entry and exit to your home.

Here are just some of the positive ways bi-fold doors will enhance your lifestyle:

Save money on your power bills with bi-fold doors

It feels like we always have the air conditioner on for either cooling us down in summer or warming us up in winter. With the double glazing in bi-fold doors (and windows), you can keep your home the perfect temperature all year round—saving you money on your power bills.

Leave your bi-fold doors open to allow the cool breeze to drift through, or keep them closed to let natural light in while insulating your home.

Expand your entertaining and living area with bi-fold doors

When open, bi-fold doors provide uninterrupted views of your outdoor space. Not only does this create a picturesque setting, you can enjoy a more seamless entertaining space that looks and feels much larger than it really is.

The smooth gliding tracks make folding back the doors easy. This allows for simple access to and from your yard or entertaining area, while still being highly secure when locked.

Add value to your home with bi-fold doors

Something about the warmer months inspires people to buy homes.

Installing bi-fold doors prior to listing your property may help increase its value, as well as attract people to your bright, spacious-looking home.

The original investment is well worth the return you’ll receive.

For expert advice on the design and installation of your new bi-fold doors or windows, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Glass Doors and Windows on the Gold Coast.

We have a large range of frame colours and glass tints available.

You might also find the following article of interest if you are considering bi-fold windows: What is a Bi-Fold Window

 

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Are all Bifold Doors Created Equal?

The short answer is NO. With Bi fold doors becoming popular in home renovations, people need to be aware that not all bi fold doors are created equal. A rule of thumb I always tell people is “You get what you pay for and generally speaking if you don’t pay for it now you will eventually pay for it later, plus more”. There are companies that use thinner frames, cheap components and the product is generally inferior, all so they can sell it to the consumer at rock bottom prices. Yes you will get a bi fold door, but will it work in 6 to 12 months – who knows. Another point is who will repair the door if you have any issues? As a consumer you need to do your research.

Questions you should ask any supplier are:

  1. Where is the product manufactured?
  2. What warranty comes with the product?
  3. Why should we use you?
  4. If any issues with the product, who can help fix it?
  5. Is it a complete product? (Include all components and locks etc.)

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Bifold Doors

On top of this we recommend people GOOGLE reviews on the different companies to gain a greater insight to the organizations track record of delivering a quality product and being able to service your new bi fold door. When you are looking to invest in bi fold doors, please just don’t go on the price otherwise it could come back to bite you.

Southern Cross Windows answer to the above is simple, I encourage people to come down to our factory / showroom on the Gold Coast and see our bi fold doors first hand to appreciate the superior quality and understand the value behind the price tag. All our bi fold doors are custom made here at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. We have a team of bi fold door specialists who manufacture and service our bi fold doors to meet all Australian standards and ensure superior quality and workmanship.

I love bifold doors and think they are fantastic to create the ideal transition from the inside living areas to your outdoor entertainment area on the Gold Coast. That is why we utilize a heavier duty bi fold door system with stainless steel components, the door is built to last and our bi fold doors can transform almost any space into a luxury indoor-outdoor experience. For more information regarding our bi fold doors please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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Screen Solutions for Bi-Fold Doors

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Bi-fold doors and windows are great all year round, but they really start to shine in the summer months. While your bi-fold products will love the sun, they won’t appreciate the insects, bugs, and other irritants that come with summer.

Until recently there hasn’t been an easy way to design and install a screen that could properly cooperate with bi-fold doors. Now there is:

Introducing the Centor S1E Eco-Screen

The S1E Eco-Screen from Centor is an eco-friendly screen solution that has long been desired by bi-fold door lovers. However, this is no ordinary fly-screen. This eco-friendly retractable insect screen comes complete with solar control and thermal controls. If there were insects and air in space, this is the screen solution NASA would use.

At the touch of a button, the S1E ensures homeowners have absolute control over their living environment. Bi-fold doors revolutionise your home, but this screen solution ensures that it is protected. Just like your other bi-fold products, your screen can retract until it is barely visible.

That way, when you are not enjoying the serenity the screen provides, you don’t have to look at it at all.

If you’ve ever dealt with door blinds before, you’ll know of the hassle of constantly having to wind them up and down. The S1E has built in mechanisms that enable the blind to be left partially open. This means that you can still enjoy the easy access that your bi-folds are known for.

Multi-Functional

When it comes to door screens, you usually have to choose between a sun filter and an insect screen. Now you can have both. Centor’s two-in-one screen solution can filter the direct sunlight as it hits your home in the morning and then barricade the home from pesky insects at dusk.

If you’re really into multi-tasking, you can also choose a white background screen that can be used with a projector. What better way to watch the Maroons fend off the Blues or your favourite movie than in a well-protected indoor-outdoor space.

Best of all, the S1E can be fitted to your existing bi-fold doors to become one single integrated unit.

Screen solutions for bi-fold doors have been a troublesome area for a long time. The Centor S1E Eco-Screen has ensured this problem is a thing of the past. For more information about screen solutions, talk to the professionals on the Gold Coast: Contact Southern Cross Windows.

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Why Hire Professionals to Install Your Bi-Fold Doors

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Bi-fold door installation is precise work and it requires professional experience to get it right. The presence of moving parts and other specific requirements means that installation can be quite tricky.

While the DIY process can be rewarding, it doesn’t suit every task. You’ll be using your bi-fold doors every day and they will affect the overall look of your room, so it’s important to get the installation right.

Fortunately, most reputable door companies like Southern Cross Windows, include installation in the cost of your door. This means the process will be professional, easy, and affordable.

Here are just a few reasons why you should avoid DIY door installations.

Right Tools

Like with any installation process, bi-fold door installation requires an array of tools. If you’re attempting DIY bi-fold door installation, you’ll need to own all the required tools.

Not only are these tools expensive, but there’s a good chance that you won’t use any of them again. Instead of making an expensive, one-off investment, hire the professionals and get the job done for less.

The Frame

One of the most common problems with door installation is that the existing doorframe is not properly square. This usually results in poorly-fitted doors, which leads to inadequate installation and insufficient clearance. This causes scraping against the floor or tracks as your doors move, resulting in a harmful, noisy installation.

A professional installer is able to re-fit the doorframe or even trim the door. This will solve all these problems and save you a headache down the track.

Hinges

The door hinges of bi-fold doors need to be precisely positioned so the doors are parallel. If this is not done properly, the doors will not fold together. Moreover, if the hinges are not properly recessed, the doors won’t fit properly into the opening.

The Tracks

The upper track of your door must be parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the sides of the opening. This is another precise action that, if miscalculated, will result in the failure of the doors. In addition to this, hardware materials such as pivot plates need to be positioned on the upper track and floor brackets. These processes are not easily followed in a DIY manual.

Peace of Mind

With a reputable renovation specialist like Southern Cross Windows, you can count on professional craftsmanship every time. Southern Cross Windows not only sells and installs the products, we manufacture them too. When it comes to all things doors, we are well known for our personalised service and high-quality installations.

The intricacy involved in installing bi-fold doors means that using professional installers is really the only option. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the open-air provided by your new bi-fold doors. Get an obligation-free quote on the manufacturing, supply, and installation of your doors. Contact Southern Cross Windows today. We are your experts on the Gold Coast.