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Patio versus bi-fold doors

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With summer in everyone’s sights as we battle through these final cold months, homeowners up and down the country are looking to maximise the potential to ‘bring the outdoors in’ with open spaces and glass doors. Rather than simply creating an extension, nowadays a number of people are opening up the backs of their homes with sliding patio doors and bi-fold doors, allowing for wide, easy access to the garden.

When deciding which type of doors would better suit your property, there are a number of considerations to make, both in terms of aesthetic and practicality, which is why we’ve listed some of the pros and cons for both type of door to help you to make a fully informed choice.

 

Sliding patio doors

Pros

  • large glass panes can be fitted to let in large amounts of light
  • fewer structural demands are in place for the installation of these doors
  • do not protrude as they operate in line with your house’s wall
  • more traditional-looking so fit in more easily
  • work well with both curtains and blinds
  • a wider overall width is available

Cons

  • the large panes are not always compatible with certain sites’ condition or location
  • a narrower opening than bi-folding doors
  • less convenient than bi-folding doors when it comes to frequent opening and closing

 

Bi-fold doors

Pros

  • a better choice for smaller doors with an opening under 2 metres
  • more clear opening space when folded back fully, allowing for easier access to the outdoors
  • integral blinds for these doors are available for purchase
  • a greater number of configuration options available
  • easy to fit for sites which have difficulty of access

Cons

  • can be intrusive when it is open inwards
  • less glass and more framework, so less light can stream into your property

As is evident, both types of door have a wealth of benefits they can offer the properties they are to be fitted within, but both offer a very different effect so it is well worth considering your space and individual requirements when choosing one for your property.
 
Here at Windows Direct London, we are proud to provide both sliding patio and bi-fold doors to our customers. Offering only the highest quality of products and the most expert installation process, you will not be disappointed in our service, so get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about these or any of our other products and services. We’ll be happy to help with any enquiries you may have.

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