Imagine a snowy winter day, hours spent outside making snowmen and enjoying the picturesque landscapes with family or friends. At lunchtime, everyone piles inside to a warm cooked meal around the table. Unfortunately, no one can really enjoy the snowy scene due to there only being a small window, misted with condensation.
Now imagine the same scenario, but this time imagine the house has bi-fold doors. Imagine the person doing the cooking being able to see everyone enjoying the snow outside. Imagine everyone around the table having a clear view of the snowy garden, freshly made snowman and trees decorated with lights. Imagine a brighter and happier atmosphere.
Bi-fold doors create the perfect setting with their long, panoramic view. In summer they are useful for creating a cool and airy inside atmosphere. In winter, they can help eliminate that ‘cooped up’ feeling that can occur over the holidays when it is too cold to go outside for long periods of time. Keep cosy and warm inside while still enjoying the outside view and maximising on the low light levels.
You don’t need to worry about opening the entire bi-fold door to allow people to enter and losing precious heat, with bi-fold doors you can open just a single door as normal. Buying a large Christmas present or bringing in extra furniture for guests? A bifold door allows easy access for large items. No more attempting to navigate narrow doorways and crushing fingers while risking dropping the item.
The Bifold Door Shop supplies bifold doors with many options to choose from. These options don’t just include the material and colour, but the functional operation, number of panels, size of panels and opening configuration.
We are often asked which of the options are better. The answer is always it depends on your situation. One person may be better off with timber folding doors, whereas you may be better suited to uPVC bifold doors.
How to choose the options of your bifold door
Wooden bifold doors vs aluminium bi-fold doors vs uPVC folding doors
- To start with, what are the rest of the windows and doors in your house made of? If you chose a bifold door in a different material to the existing, would it look odd? Sometimes, a bifold door needs to match the rest of the windows and doors in the house to look right. Other times, it does not matter too much – for example, if there is a pergola or climbing plant that separates the bifold door from the rest of the house.
- Secondly, you need to work out your budget. Timber folding doors are more expensive than other materials, so having a limited budget may rule out this option. Instead, you could choose a uPVC bifold door with a woodgrain appearance.
Bifold doors opening in or out?
- This is a matter entirely of personal preference. There is no difference in quality between opening in bifold doors and opening out bifold doors. The only difference you may experience is on very very wet days, or after having windows washed but not dried, opening in bifold doors would allow the water to drip inside the house. This is only really an issue if the room is carpeted and you live in a very wet area, otherwise it is easily avoidable.
- Things to consider: what is inside and what is outside around your door? Remember that the folded back panels will stick out whichever way you choose for them to fold – ensure that they do not block a vital passageway or anything important that could limit use.
In many situations, the reason folding doors are preferred over french doors or sliding doors is the size of entrance they create. For example, six panel bifold doors can fold back to create an entrance that is nearly the width of six doors, whereas french doors can only open up to create a double doorway, and sliding doors create even less due to the entire door needing to remain within the frame. Folding doors offer the freedom to have almost any entrance size you desire. Want to open up an entire room by replacing a wall with bifold doors? No problem. Most modern bifold doors have the structural support within the frames that allows for such large openings, without compromising the building. This structural support allows for even two walls to be removed and replaced with folding doors that meet in the corner, without the need for a central post. This gives endless possibilities to architectural design and how a space is used. Inside spaces can be opened up to create seamless integration with outside spaces. When it is too cold, the folding doors can be closed to create a wall of glass that gives the room an incredible light atmosphere that does not feel claustrophobic.
With the Bifold Door Shop offering folding doors with up to sixteen panels, even long rooms, showrooms and warehouses can benefit. Seamless bifold doors reduce the chances of accidents from tripping over thresholds, ideal for work places, where health and safety is a priority, and to families with vulnerable members. The strength of aluminium, combined with modern engineering and superior quality hardware, create bifold doors that operate smoothly and faultlessly for many years. Little maintenance is required to keep the doors looking their best.
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