Following the National lockdown announcement by the Prime Minister on the 4th January 2021, our showroom will remain closed until National restrictions are lifted by the UK Government.

Construction & manufacturing is permitted throughout this lockdown period so we will continue to attend site to carry out the installation & maintenance of our bespoke products.

We have strict COVID secure practices in place including PPE, enhanced hygiene & cleaning measures, and social distancing in affect throughout our entire operation.

We ask all our customers to respect the guidelines issued by the Government & to ensure the safest possible environment for any member of our team that enters your home or building site. If we are working inside your home we ask that your home is well ventilated, you keep your distance & that you cancel any appointment if you or anyone in your home is showing any symptoms or has been advised to self-isolate.

Despite the showroom being closed you can contact our team by email or on the telephone should you require any assistance.

We are still here to help & work with you towards creating your dream home in 2021.

How a Traffic Door can Answer your Bifold Door Problems

Bifold doors are a fantastic solution for integrating your indoor living space with your garden. But one of the biggest bifold door problems is that you can’t get in from the outside when the doors are internally locked.

Luckily, there is a way you can solve this problem. Ask your bifold door specialist to design you a traffic door.

What is a traffic door?

A traffic door is just like a normal door, but it is built in as a part of your bifold doors. It opens and locks independently from your bifold door system. That means that you can keep your bifold doors shut when you just need to pop outside. Lots of homeowners who have bifold doors report this as one of the most irritating bifold door problems.

A traffic door gives you easy access to and from your garden without having to open your bifold doors up. It also means you won’t get locked outside if someone locks your doors from the inside!

Why might I want a traffic door?

Bifold doors give you a perfect view into your garden. They also let lots of light into your home. But what you won’t want to do is open your full wall-length doors to the elements in the winter.

With a traffic door, you can nip into your garden without letting the cold in by opening your bifold door. You can also get into your home from the outside even when your bifold door is locked. All bifold doors lock from the inside, otherwise you could open up your home as a target to burglars.

Do I need a traffic door?

You won’t always need a traffic door to complement your bifold doors. A traffic door will solve your bifold door problems if you don’t have any other way of getting in and out of your garden. But if you have another door that allows you to access the outside, you might not need one.

Even if you do have another external door, you might still want to include a traffic door in your bifold door design. It’s more convenient to have a door that you can open independently. And you might even find that it improves your experience of having bifold doors.

Whether you’ve decided you want a traffic door or not, our bifold door specialist can help you find the perfect design for your home.

If you would like to see bi fold doors with a traffic door we would welcome you to our Essex Window and Door Centre Showroom at The Brentwood Garden Centre, Vicarage Close, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5GR

Or call us on 01277 233513 for friendly help and advice.

Planning permission for bi folding doors?

Bifold doors are a fantastic way to create a seamless transition between home and garden. They are very popular, especially in homes with patios or decking. Bifold doors will open out onto these areas, creating a beautiful open plan effect. Bifold doors will generally not need planning permission as they are covered by permitted development rights. If your bifold doors are part of a new extension, they will need to be included in the plans.

What is planning permission?

Planning permission allows local authorities to approve building work in their area. The system means that for some kinds of building work you will need to apply for permission from the local authority. The local authority will make sure that the building work is in keeping with the area. They take a range of factors into account for each decision. Some of these include the size and design of the work as well as any impact on neighbours or parking spaces.

Bifold doors and planning permission

If you want to install a bifold door as a replacement for an existing door, this will not usually need planning permission. There are no restrictions on the style or material you can use for your bifold doors. However, you must make sure the bifold doors follow building regulations.

You may need planning permission to widen an existing opening for your bifold door installation. It’s usually worth checking with your local authority if you plan on significantly altering a door opening. In general, this will be covered under permitted development rights, but in some areas, you may need planning permission. If you are altering a door opening and installing bifold doors, you will need to make sure the existing opening is structurally capable of withstanding the extra weight.

If you are adding a new opening for your bifold doors, you are likely to need planning permission. This would generally be classed as a major alteration to your property. Speak to your local authority for advice.

Listed buildings and conservation areas

If you live in a listed building or conservation area, you will normally need to apply for planning permission to install bifold doors. You may also need listed building consent. There may also be restrictions that affect the materials and styles that you use. In some areas, aluminium bifold doors are not considered to be acceptable. This is because the appearance of these doors is not in keeping with the local area. In this case, timber bifold doors are more likely to be acceptable.

If you are in a conservation area or listed building and want to install bifold doors, speak to the local authority or conservation team. They will be able to offer you advice on the materials and styles that are acceptable in the area.

The restrictions on bifold doors will not usually affect your project. However, it’s worth being sure as local authorities can enforce the regulations. If you’re not sure if your bifold door installation will need planning permission, you can check with your local authority. To find out who your local authority is, use the government’s search tool.

Dual colour bi-folding doors, sliding doors and windows!

Dual colour provides an array of benefits to homeowners, but most importantly the ability to have two different types of style, inside and out.

At Essex Window and Door Centre we can offer our products in dual colour to help you customise your home, whatever the style of your property.  Spice up your home’s aesthetics and get the neighbours talking!

Essex Window and Door Centre can help you design your own bespoke bi-folding or sliding doors

We understand that everyone’s taste is different – your ideas and requirements may be totally different to someone else's.

So why not pop into our Brentwood showroom to discuss your requirements and view the different options on offer.  Alternatively, if you would like to book an appointment please get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to hear from you!


Busy during the week?  Then why not pop in and see us on a Saturday?

At the Essex Window and Door Centre we understand that it can sometimes be difficult to come and see us during the week at.  We are open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (no appointment necessary).  One of our friendly team will be more than happy to discuss your project and provide you with a free, no obligation quotation.

Christmas opening hours

Planning on visiting us over the Christmas period?

We are working hard right up until the end of play on Friday, 20th December, so feel free to pop in or call us to arrange an appointment.  We will be back in our Brentwood showroom on Monday, 6th January.

If you’d like to contact us over the Christmas period please email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Essex Window and Door Centre