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Keep up to date with the latest news, updates and images from IDSystems. Learn more about our team, our projects and our products, including the exhibitions we attend and the initiatives we are running for our customers, architects and partners.

Behind the scenes for Homebuilding & Renovating Show preparations

Monday 12th March 2018

Behind the scenes for Homebuilding & Renovating Show preparations

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March) starts next week and our preparations are right on track for the build of our biggest exhibition stand of the year at the NEC. There is still time to register for two free tickets and if you are heading to the show you'll find us close to the main entrance on Stand B131.

Behind the scenes for Homebuilding & Renovating Show preparations

Selfbuild & Design Show | Peterborough

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Selfbuild & Design Show proves big success

Despite the heavy snow leading up to the weekend the Selfbuild & Design Show at the East of England Showground in Peterborough proved a big success for IDSystems with the event exceeding expectations. The IDSystems range of products, including theEDGE2.0, proved a real draw to the visitors who had braved the freezing temperatures to attend.

Selfbuild & Design Show | Peterborough

Selfbuild & Design Show | Peterborough

Thursday 22nd February 2018

IDSystems set for Selfbuild & Design Show debut

After nearly twenty years of exhibiting it is very rare that we do anything for the first time, but next weekend will see IDSystems make their debut at a Selfbuild & Design Show when the event takes place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.

Selfbuild & Design Show | Peterborough

Bifold Door Buying Guide | Timber vs Aluminium vs uPVC vs Composite

Friday 16th February 2018

Materials | What to look for when choosing bifold doors

When IDSystems was founded nearly 20 years ago the choice between bifold door products available was very small indeed, indeed it took a number of years before 'bifold door' even became a term. However in the last ten years the number of systems on the market has exploded and there is more choice than ever before.

Bifold Door Buying Guide | Timber vs Aluminium vs uPVC vs Composite

theEDGE20 turns heads at Build It Live

Tuesday 6th February 2018

theEDGE20 turns heads at Build It Live

IDSystems' new ultra-slim sliding door system theEDGE2.0 proved an instant hit at Build It Live Show in Kent last weekend, with its ultra-slim sightlines of just 20mm proving an instant head turner for visitors to the show. The innovative sliding door system, making its exhibition debut at the show, was the first thing that self-builders saw as they entered the John Hendry Hall at the Kent Event Centre near Maidstone and the prominent position of the stand perfectly showed off the systems sleek frames and stunning aesthetic appeal.

theEDGE20 turns heads at Build It Live


Friday 26th January 2018

IDSystems at Build It Live

Our first exhibition of the year is almost upon us as IDSystems heads for the Kent Event Centre near Maidstone for Build It Live on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February - and it is not too late to register for a pair of free tickets. A 'must visit' for anyone considering a self-build, extension or renovation project, Build It Live will see theEDGE2.0, our ultra-slim sliding door with incredibly narrow sightlines of just 20mm, make its exhibition debut.

Happy Christmas from all the team at IDSystems


Friday 19th January 2018

IDSystems awarded 'Best of Houzz'

IDSystems has been awarded “Best Of Customer Service” for 2018 by Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. We were chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.

Happy Christmas from all the team at IDSystems

Happy Christmas from all the team at IDSystems

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Happy Christmas from IDSystems

Whilst there are still a couple of working days remaining before the festive period we already know that 2017 has been a record breaking year for IDSystems. We've installed more products in more extensions, renovations and self-build homes than ever before in the seventeen year history of our business, and 2018 is already looking like another busy year!

Happy Christmas from all the team at IDSystems

NEW theEDGE2.0 with 20mm sightlines

Monday 11th December 2017

NEW | theEDGE2.0 with 20mm sightlines

IDSystems launch theEDGE2.0 our new, highly engineered, ultra-slim sliding door with incredibly slim 20mm sightlines. Developed from theEDGE, our award-winning system, the new doors feature minimal intermediate sightlines and are designed to not just look good, but to perform perfectly time after time, year after year.


Two IDSystems projects shortlisted for Homebuilding & Renovating awards

Thursday 30th November 2017

Two IDSystems projects shortlisted for Homebuilding & Renovating awards

Two of our recent projects have been shortlisted for the annual Daily Telegraph/Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Broxholm Road (designed by Selencky///Parsons) is in the running in the 'Best Contemporary Renovation' category, while Church Hill Barn (by David Nossiter Architects) is in the running for the 'Best Conversion' award.



Monday 13th November 2017

New Glass Balustrades brochure

Our frameless glass balustrades offer the ultimate combination of design, functionality and safety, providing a seamless design solution for balconies, landings, staircases and terraces. Each balustrade is designed and manufactured specifically for your project, whether that is a high-rise apartment complex or a Juliette balcony, and all tested to meet and exceed the loads required under Building Regulations



Wednesday 1st November 2017

Harrogate plays host to Northern Homebuilding Show

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place this weekend at the Harrogate Convention Centre and IDSystems will once more be attending the show with our stand containing examples of our innovative sliding doors. bifold doors and glazing systems.



Tuesday 24th October 2017

New Flat Rooflights brochure

Our stunning minimalist flat rooflights offer a perfect solution for creating light-filled spaces, whether used as part of a new-build, extension or renovation. They provide the perfect combination of visual appeal and performance, with the frameless system maximising the amount of light that reaches the room below. Each rooflight is handmade by our skilled teams to meet your exact requirements.



Monday 16th October 2017

Dedicated Cambridge projects team launched

With Cambridge set to remain one of the fastest growing cities in the country, plus it being right on the doorstep of our base in Norfolk, we have put together a dedicated projects team supported by a brand new Business Development Manager to work with architects, developers and homeowners in and around Cambridge. 



Monday 9th October 2017

Grand Designs Live heads for Birmingham this week

Grand Designs Live returns to the NEC in Birmingham this week with the exhibition guaranteed to be packed full of innovative ideas for new-builds, home improvements and renovation projects. If you are heading to the show you will find IDSystems on stand B560 in the Build Hall.



Tuesday 26th September 2017

London Homebuilding & Renovating Show smashes records

IDSystems enjoyed a record breaking weekend at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in London, with more than 2,500 people visiting the stand to view bifold doors, sliding doors and glazing products in just three days.


vistaline slide and turn doors

Friday 20th September 2017

vistaline slide & turn doors launched

IDSystems unveiled the brand new vistaline slide & turn doors at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in London and the innovative Swiss designed system proved an instant hit with visitors to the show due to its advanced engineering and ultra-slim profile.


Adam Knibb Architects - Beckett House

Friday 1st September 2017

Vote for Adam Knibb Architects at the Build It Awards

We were thrilled to discover that one of our favourite practices, Adam Knibb Architects, have been shortlisted for the Best Renovation/Extension Architect award at this years Build It Awards. Their Beckett House project, which features in the case study section of this site, saw a traditional farm workers cottage on the edge of rolling Hampshire countryside completely transformed from a small dated property into a stunning contemporary home despite incredibly restrictive planning regulations.



Tuesday 22nd August 2017

New Timber Bifold Doors brochure

Designed and manufactured in Germany the SUNFLEX SF75h timber bifold doors have the slimmest sight lines in Europe, just 122mm. Each highly engineered door is manufactured from three timber sections which are bonded back together with opposing grains to make the doors significantly more stable than traditional timber doors..



Friday 11th August 2017

#BuildItAwards | SUNFLEX SF20 shortlisted for Best Glazed Door award

The sheer versatility of the SF20 makes it a hugely popular choice, whether utilised as a room divider for open plan living spaces, for walk in wardrobes or en-suites, to surround patios to create garden rooms or to surround balconies.



Thursday 10th August 2017

#BuildItAwards | Leka GRP roof shortlisted for Best Roof System award

Originally designed and developed as a solid roof solution for replacing conservatory roofs, the LEKA roof system has been adapted and evolved to provide an innovative pitched or flat roof for extension and renovation projects



Wednesday 9th August 2017

#BuildItAwards | SUNFLEX SF75 shortlisted for Best Glazed Door award

Evolved from more than 30 years of SUNFLEX door technology the SF75 offers the perfect combination of visual appeal, advanced thermal efficiency, industry leading weather performance, tried and tested technology and cost effectiveness.



Tuesday 8th August 2017

IDSystems shortlisted for unprecedented THREE Build It awards

Following on from successes at the 2015 (SUNFLEX SF55 named Best Glazed Doors) and 2016 (theEDGE named Best Glazed Doors) Build It awards, IDSystems is thrilled to announce it has been shortlisted for not one, not two, but three awards at this years ceremony!



Thursday 27th July 2017

New product confirmed for launch at Homebuilding & Renovating Show

For nearly twenty years IDSystems has led the way for innovation, firstly we brought German made bifold doors to the attention of the UK mass market, then more recently we successfully launched theEDGE our award-winning sliding door system.



Friday 21st July 2017

Dedicated extensions project advice proving popular

With more than seventeen years of experience IDSystems has supplied and installed bifold doors, sliding doors and glazing to a wide range of extension projects - from ultra contemporary urban homes to traditional rural properties.



Monday 10th July 2017

Two-panel set of theEDGE sliding doors in DB703 available

IDSystems has an unused two-panel set of theEDGE ultra-slim sliding doors that were manufactured for a customer who then significantly altered the design of their extension and no longer required the doors.



Thursday 29th June 2017

New Composite Bifold Doors brochure

Our highly engineered timber clad aluminium bifold doors, designed and manufactured for us in Germany by SUNFLEX, offer the ideal combination of a hard-wearing aluminium exterior frame and the natural beauty of a timber on the interior face of the door


IDSystems project wins prestigious RIBA award

Tuesday 13th June 2017

IDSystems project wins prestigious RIBA award

The stunning Hunter's House project, designed by Bury St Edmunds' based Modece Architects and built by CMC Contractors, picked up the prestigious RIBA Suffolk Design Award 2017. This uncompromisingly modern, eye catching new home was built on the edge of historic Bury St Edmunds overlooking the meadows beside the River Linnet.



Friday 2nd June 2017

New Sliding Doors brochure

Our highly engineered sliding doors offer the best of British design and take the humble term ‘patio doors’ to the highest possible level. The ability to transform homes by maximising the amount of glass, whilst not compromising on the security, performance and weather tightness of the systems, is at the heart of our versatile and impressive sliding door range.



Wednesday 31st May 2017

ITV seeking coastal projects for new Robson Green TV series

ITV is looking for people and homes on the coast, to feature in Robson Green's Coastal Lives, a brand new television series that is being filmed this summer. If you are an IDSystems customer and you are currently undertaking a coastal renovation or building project (large or small) that’s close to completion then the researchers for the show would like to hear from you.



Friday 19th May 2017

Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Surrey next for IDSystems

After three hugely successful exhibitions to start the year, IDSystems will be heading for Sandown Park in Esher for the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show from 1-2 July - and you can register for free tickets to join us!



Friday 12th May 2017

IDSystems continues support for Build It Awards

IDSystems will continue its sponsorship of the 'Best Self Build or Renovation Project' category at the annual Build It awards. The awards are the most prestigious awards in the self-build industry and recognise the very best products, services, suppliers and projects across a wide range of categories.


Grand Designs Live

Sunday 7th May 2017

Grand Designs Live a huge success for IDSystems

With the widest range of industry leading products and inspiring system configurations on display, it was no surprise that the IDSystems stand at Grand Designs Live at ExCeL in London proved to be a huge hit with visitors to the show.



Wednesday 26th April 2017

Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards

IDSystems is proud to sponsor the 'Best Contemporary Renovation' category at the 2017 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. For more than twenty years the awards have recognised the nation's best self build, extension and renovation projects.



Tuesday 18th April 2017

IDSystems all set for Grand Designs Live

The largest exhibition of the year for IDSystems gets underway at ExCeL in London on Saturday 29th April. The nine day show will feature IDSystems stand (B200) at the entrance to the Grand Build hall of the show, one of six distinct sections of the hugely popular show.



Thursday 13th April 2017

New Aluminium Bifold Doors Brochure

For over thirty years SUNFLEX has led the global market for the design, development and manufacture of bifold doors. Today they are widely regarded as the most advanced systems available, with each product handmade to the highest quality and featuring a wide range of unique features and system options.



Wednesday 5th April 2017

New low-threshold track for bifold doors provides additional option

Choosing between a flush track, seamlessly connecting the interior and exterior of your home; and a weathered track, providing the ultimate protection from the wind and rain for bifold doors has always been a consideration for our customers purchasing the SUNFLEX SF55/55c systems - but now there is a third option.



Tuesday 28th March 2017

Homebuilding & Renovating Show smashes records for IDSystems

With a brand new 120sqm stand IDSystems had high hopes for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC last weekend, but the show exceeded even those expectations to break records both for number of enquiries made and sales completed at the show.



Tuesday 14th March 2017

New stand set for debut at Homebuilding & Renovating Show

IDSystems will unveil its brand new, and largest ever, exhibition stand at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Birmingham. The exhibition, the largest of its type outside of London returns to the NEC from the 23-26th March, with IDSystems stand (B131) enlarged by nearly 50% to 115sqm.



Monday 27th February 2017

Self-build successes for IDSystems

IDSystems has seen a significant increase in the number of self-build projects it has worked on over the last twelve months, following the establishment of a dedicated self-build projects team. From rooflights and balustrades, to award-winning bifold doors, sliding doors and windows, our glazing systems have been supplied and installed on a range of projects.



Friday 10th February 2017

Build It Live proves huge success on venue debut

Build It Live's debut at the Kent Event Centre near Maidstone last weekend was a huge success for IDSystems, with a record number of enquiries received over the two days of the show, and a real strength of the self-build market demonstrated by visitors to the show.



Tuesday 7th February 2017

NEW BROCHURE | IDSystems launches innovative new brochure

The brand new IDSystems brochure is now available to request and download, as we continue to refine and develop marketing material that is useful to our customers. The new brochure has been put together in response to customer feedback, and provides a detailed overview of IDSystems as a company, our background and our industry leading expertise.



Friday 13th January 2017

Restoration Man TV series features IDSystems project

The new series of Channel 4's Restoration Man presented by George Clarke focuses on a Berkshire couple's attempts to convert a 1930's water pumping station into a contemporary four-bedroom family home featuring IDSystems Grand Slider sliding door system, French doors and four large fixed frame windows.



Wednesday 4th January 2017

2016 - A record breaking year in numbers

Whichever method you use, whether it is the number of installations, volume of products manufactured or simply value of sales 2016 was a record year for IDSystems. Our installation engineers covered more than 250,000 miles, installed more than 7,000 products using more than 60,000 metres of gasket and nearly 15,000 square metres of glass.



Thursday 23rd December 2016

Happy Christmas from IDSystems

On behalf of the entire team at IDSystems we would like to wish our customers, specifiers and partners a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. The IDSystems offices, showroom, factory and installation hub will be closed from 1pm today until 9am on Tuesday 3rd January for the festive period. If you have an enquiry during this time please email and one of our team will be in contact with you in the new year.


Monday 19th December 2016

Project Inspiration | Extending Your Living Space

Adding valuable living space to your home has never been more popular, and with the widest range of glazing solutions on the market including glass roofs, bifold doors and sliding doors; IDSystems has plenty of ways to inspire you - whether you are planning a garden room, a single storey extension or an open plan kitchen and living space renovation.



Tuesday 13th December 2016

Unique Features | Technical knowledge, quality and experience

Our bifold doors, sliding doors and glazing systems are designed and manufactured with features that make them unique - just like us! We know that choosing between suppliers when all the products look the same can be confusing - which is why we don't just say we supply the best bifold doors and sliding doors, we give you practical examples and unique features that stand our products apart from the rest of the market.



Monday 5th December 2016

IDSystems on stage at the National Theatre

Appearing on stage at the National Theatre is a proud honour for any actor or actress, and not one that is normally bestowed on a glazing company from Norfolk, but that is what has happened.

In sixteen years at IDSystems we have installed our doors on boats, in iconic buildings, in the homes of film stars and on remote islands...but it isn't every day our doors form part of a set on stage for a major theatrical production.



Monday 21st November 2016

Unique Features | Weather ratings, security and quality

The phrase 'we lead, others follow' has never been more appropriate than with our glazing products. Being a technically led company that has been in the industry longer than most of our competitors there is a good chance that features that are now industry standard were first seen on one of our bifold doors or sliding door products - and the constant research and development that we carry out ensures that our products will continue to lead the market for years to come.



Thursday 27th October 2016

New SF55v Versifold Doors turn heads at Grand Designs Live

The innovative new SUNFLEX versifold door systems, the SF55v, was a constant head-turner on the IDSystems stand throughout the hugely successful five days of the Grand Designs Live exhibition in Birmingham.



Tuesday 11th October 2016

Sunflex bifold doors awarded prestigious BSI Kitemark™

The Sunflex range of thermally broken aluminium, timber and composite bifold doors have become the first and only German designed and manufactured bifold door systems to secure the distinguished BSI Kitemark™ certificate.



Tuesday 4th October 2016

Thousands visit IDSystems stand at Homebuilding & Renovating show

The three day exhibition at ExCeL in London posted record attendance figures - both in terms of visitors to the show and for IDSystems visitors to the stand and customer enquiries.



Monday 26th September 2016

theEDGE wins Build It magazine's 'Best Glazed Door' award

IDSystems innovative ultra-slim sliding door system theEDGE was named 'Best Glazed Door' at the 2016 Build It Awards, following up our victory in the same category at last years' ceremony.



Wednesday 14th September 2016

FAQs | Choosing between bifold and sliding doors for your project

Modern glazed doors are an increasingly popular option for people building new houses, completing renovations or planning extensions. When we talk to customers the question often arises - should they go for bifold or sliding doors?



Tuesday 30th August 2016

Unique Features | Tracks, clips and catches

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at IDSystems. Each bespoke design for a bifold door, sliding door or glazing product is individually made to bring our customer’s vision to life. Choosing IDSystems means you’ll also benefit from the most technically advanced features...



Wednesday 17th August 2016

IDSystems launch innovative online Architects Showcase

IDSystems has launched an innovative online Architects Showcase to highlight a small selection of a large number of architectural practices that are experienced in specifying IDSystems bifold doors, sliding doors and glazing systems within their projects.



Monday 1st August 2016

Channel 4's Inside Out Homes features IDSystems' theEDGE ultra slim sliding doors

Inside Out Homes, Channel 4's newest home improvement and renovation television programme has proved a huge hit. The six part series follows architectural genius Zac Monro as he works alongside different architects and designers to turn dull and uninspiring houses into bold and individual homes that stand out from the crowd.



Thursday 28th July 2016

FAQs | U-Values, Sight lines and Weather ratings

When it comes to frequently asked questions, U-values and sight lines are always ones customers want to know - but there is a third question every customer should asked about a system before they buy.



Thursday 21st July 2016

IDSystems theEDGE shortlisted for Build It 'Best Glazed Door' Award

We are proud to announce that IDSystems has been shortlisted in the Best Glazed Door category at the prestigious Build It Awards.

Our industry-leading theEDGE sliding doors, an ultra-slim system which features the narrowest profile of its type on the market, has been recognised by the judges - with the winner of the award announced at the gala ceremony at the Hilton Bankside in London on 22nd September.



Friday 8th July 2016

How to choose your materials for your bifold or sliding doors

There has never been more choice for customers when it comes to the selecting bifold and sliding door systems. With choice comes decisions, and as market leaders we will use this blog to answer some of the more frequently asked questions we get asked.

When it comes to choosing materials for your bifold or sliding doors there are three options.



Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Secured by Design Award for IDSystems

IDSystems is proud to announce that it has received the coveted Secured by Design Award for its bifold doors, with the systems achieving Police preferred specification for design and manufacture.

The Secured by Design initiative, owned and managed by the Association of Chief Police Officers, aims to reduce crime by ensuring the effective design and installation of products to meet police-approved security standards.



Friday 27th May 2016

Graven Hill, the biggest self-build project in the UK

On a former MOD logistics base on the edge of Bicester a self-build revolution is getting underway. More than 1,900 homes will be constructed over the next ten years and to assist these self-builders with their sliding doors, bifold doors and window requirements IDSystems has established a dedicated Graven Hill project team.



Monday 23rd May 2016

Frequently asked question: triple or double glazing?

Over the last five years we have seen a steady increase in the amount of triple glazing that we using for sliding doors, bifold doors and windows. This is primarily as a result of more glass being used in projects, but also the requirements for lower u-values and increased thermal efficiency.



Tuesday 10th May 2016

IDSystems team all set to Race for Life this weekend

Four of our brilliant IDSystems team are running the Race for Life at the Royal Norfolk Showground this weekend and you can support their fundraising activity by sponsoring them in aid of Cancer Research UK.



Monday 9th May 2016

theEDGE sliding doors 'star of the show' at Grand Designs Live

The nine busy days of Grand Designs Live at ExCeL in London has finished and for IDSystems the show has been a huge success with interest in bifold doors and sliding door continuing to grow.

The star of the show for IDSystems was theEDGE sliding door system, with the product catching the eyes of the visitors as they entered the Grand Build section of the show. The innovative doors, with their industry leading narrow sightlines, were in significant demand throughout the show.



Monday 18th April 2016

Homebuilding & Renovating Show a record breaker for IDSystems

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC over the weekend has broken all previous records for IDSystems bifold doors and sliding doors enquiries and quote requests. The four day exhibition in Birmingham was busy from the moment the doors opened on Thursday morning and the IDSystems stand was full of new and existing customers wanting to talk to our experts about their planned projects, including...



Friday 8th April 2016

Timber clad aluminium bifold doors prove popular

One of the biggest trends for 2016 so far has been the popularity of composite timber clad aluminium bifold doors. Internally clad with timber, the doors provide the ideal solution with aluminium to the outside, providing the strength and structural stability.


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