What is best, a bifolding door or sliding door?

How do you choose between a bifolding door or sliding door? Whatever the project one favourite design feature in many homes today is the large glass door. Homeowners today want maximum light and a feeling of space. To achieve this, a bifolding door or sliding door is ideal. Both door options provide lots of natural light thanks to their large glass panels.

Our folding sliding doors collection for opening up your elevation.

Standard, minimal or contemporary sliders for the best possible views.

Deciding between a bifolding door or sliding door.

Bifolding door or sliding door

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.

Both a bifolding door or sliding door is perfect for opening up your home. Both door types connect your inside and outside spaces. What you’ll need to consider is the aesthetics of the doors when closed.  Furthermore considering how the doors look closed and open helps you choose better.

A bifolding door always consists of more door panels. This is because bifolding doors need more panels than a sliding door.  Sliding doors come at well over 2 metres wide. Some doors also come up to three metres high for each sliding panel.  With a typical opening of three metres, you get more glass to look through as a result.  Therefore a two panel sliding door gives you bigger glass than say, 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 with closed bifolding doors, there is more visible metal. Vertical mullions on bifolding doors will be much more evident than with a sliding door.

Open and closed bifolding or sliding door considerations.

Bifolding doors come into their own when they open. Because they’re designed to fold back fully, 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 is lost when the doors are open in the area where the sliding panels slide. For new extensions, one way to overcome this by having a sliding door sliding entirely 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 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 its 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 thinnest 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 gives you flexibility in which direction your sliding panels can move to provide 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 bifolding door 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.

Published on March 31, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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