What is best, a Bifolding door or a sliding door?

Whatever the project one popular design feature in many homes today is the large glass door. Homeowners today want maximum light and a feeling of space. To achieve this bifolding or sliding doors are ideal. Both door options provide lots of natural light thanks to their large glass panels.

Deciding between a bifolding or a sliding door.

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At Open Living we help homeowners with a wide range of home improvement projects. These range from simply replacing an older set of doors to those extending their homes or building new ones.

Whatever the project one popular design feature in many homes today is the large glass door. Homeowners today want maximum light and a feeling of space. To achieve this bifolding or sliding doors are ideal. Both door options provide lots of natural light thanks to their large glass panels.

Both bifolding and sliding doors will be perfect for opening up your home and connecting your inside and outside spaces. What you’ll need to consider is the aesthetics of the doors when closed as well as how these doors work differently when fully opened.

A bifolding door will always consist of more panels. This is because bifolding doors cannot be made as large as sliding door. Sliding doors can be made well over 2 metres wide and with some doors up to 3 metres high for each sliding panel. With a typical opening of three metres you’ll have much more visible glass to look through with a 2 pane sliding door than with a 3 or 4 panel folding door.

With the British climate you’ll find your folding doors closed for the majority of the time. Therefore you may want to consider that when your bifolding doors are closed there is more visible metal. Vertical mullions on bifolding doors will be much more obvious than with a sliding door.

Bifolding doors come into their own when they open. Because they’re designed to fully fold back this means that virtually all of the available opening is open to enjoy.

By comparison sliding doors operate on a track therefore some of your opening will be lost when the doors are open in the area where the sliding panels slide. For new extensions this can be overcome by having a sliding door that slides completely into the wall. However for the average home this may not always be feasible.

It’s worth considering the space both types of doors take up when open. On a folding door, when the panels are all folded back they will encroach on either the inside or outside space in some way. Sliding doors operate on their own tracks therefore don’t take up any space in the room or outside on the patio or garden when open.

What features do folding and sliding doors have?

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Our complete range of bifolding or sliding doors feature the latest in design and innovation. Our aluminium profiles feature insulated profiles thanks to the thermal breaks that make these doors thermally efficient. So whether you choose a folding or a sliding door this is a standard feature of both.

Aluminium is well known for it’s inherent strength and wide colour choice. Another advantage of aluminium is that it is much slimmer than PVCu. This means both bifolding and sliding doors from Open Living are some of the slimmest available on the market.

Bifolding doors are now available in a choice of two right up to 8 leaves. This means a choice in how your doors work, which direction they can slide in and whether you want access leaves built into them.

Sliding doors today also feature double or triple tracks. This give you flexibility in which direction your sliding panels can move to giving more versatility to modern sliding doors than ever before.

Let Open Living help you choose your ideal door.

So if you're still not sure whether to choose a folding or sliding door, why not visit our showroom and look at the doors in action?

At Open Living we have many years experience in providing all types of doors for many different types of houses. We can help you choose what is right to suit your budget and your home. Contact us and speak to one of our friendly staff or visit our Showroom and find out more.

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