Most people are familiar only with sliding patio doors, and they are certainly a way to go. However, you should take the time to consider other options, such as bifold doors. Most homeowners aren’t even aware they are an option, but they come with a whole host of benefits.
Here are just a few signs you should fit bifold patio doors instead of sliding patio doors.
You’re After Larger Openings
When you fit a sliding door, glass will always cover part of the opening – it is possible to cut holes in your walls in which sliding doors can be stored, but this is extremely expensive. Bifold doors don’t present the same issue. Instead of sliding one pane against the other, bifold doors concertina inwards and can then be slid up against the wall. That means you’ll be able to fully open up a section of your room to the great outdoors. If you want unobstructed views over a larger area, bifold doors are almost certainly the way to go.
You Fancy Thinner Frames
When you’re considering any kind of glass door, you need to think about how thin the frames are going to be. In general, sliding doors use two large glass panes, so their frames need to be quite thick to take all that weight without buckling. Bifold doors use more framing to support more glass panes, which means the framing can be made much thinner. When the patio doors are shut, those thin frames won’t get in the way when you look outwards – you’ll barely notice they are there.
You Want Added Flexibility
Sliding doors can be slid open by degrees, and that’s it. In most cases, only one door will be able to slide, so you won’t enjoy much in the way of flexibility. In contrast, bifold doors are significantly more versatile. You can have them folded inside or outside your home, in one direction, both directions, or just from the middle. If you have a curved or corner section of wall, bifold patio doors can be installed without issue.