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Bi-fold doors VS Sliding doors.

When it comes to bringing that extra bit of chic into your homes, you don’t need to consult Grand Designs to come up with whacky and expensive ideas! A Bi-folding or Sliding door is an easy way to help flood your home with natural light as well as giving you a panoramic view of surroundings from the comfort of your home. Whilst both of these are fantastic options, it can often be a tricky question to decide just which one best suits you and your home’s needs. Let’s take a deeper look into the features of each and how they can be best utilised to bring the most value to your homes.

Sliding Doors

The sliding door is the tried and tested option: said to have originated from the Romans, it has been a staple in many homes for centuries. Flash forward to the modern era and wood has been replaced with Aluminium and paned glass, allowing for a long lasting, elegant product that provides spectacular views of what lies beyond with minimal obstruction to your sight.

They are typically composed of two large panes of glass framed by aluminium and placed on a track, this allows them to effortlessly glide open horizontally and stack upon each other. Once open, sliding doors on average open about 65%, easily giving you enough space to allow people to easily get past each other coming in and out of the house but also allowing plenty of air to breathe life into your home. The beauty of in-line sliding patio doors lies in their ability to provide virtually unhindered views of the great outdoors while being unobtrusive within your living space.

Bi-folding Doors

The bi-folding door is often thought of as the sliding doors more modern and fashionable sibling, consisting multiple framed panes of glass or “leaves” that fold in a concertina fashion along a hidden rack in both the roof and the floor until they stack either within the interior of the home or the exterior.

The main difference between the bi-folding door and the sliding door is that whilst closed, bi-folding doors will often have more obstructions to the view of the garden as there are more frames getting in the way. However this is a double edged sword, whilst there is more obstruction to the view when closed, when open these bi-folding doors can completely open up whereas sliding doors can only open up around 65% on average. This means that you are given the potential to turn an entire wall of your home into a gateway to your garden allowing you to take full advantage of those beautiful British summers- when we have them!

So which option is right for me?

Well there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account when deciding whether to go with bi-folding or sliding doors but the most important factor to consider is what is physically possible with the existing structure and space of your home. Sliding doors require the use of large panes of glass to function, it is very possible that you will not have enough space to bring these panes to the area where the doors are being installed meaning that they are just not practical! Adversely bi-folding doors, whilst can be folded into either the interior or exterior of your home, will still require at least 1 metre of space in order for them to stack up. This means that if you have a smaller garden or lack space inside your home then bi-folding doors may not be an effective use of this space and so not practical!

The other largest factor is your own personal taste, as with any major changes in your home, you need to take into account what you prefer. Whether this means you prefer to use these doors to primarily view your garden from indoors then sliding doors will provide you with a much less obstructed view than bi-folding doors so would possibly be more suited to your needs. On the other hand - if you are more likely to be leaving your doors open during the warmer months to allow some much needed air into your home to cool things down, bi-folds are capable to open up 100% so will might be the right choice for you.

Whatever your need, we will consult with you to determine what will work most effectively to bring your home to life!

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