Bi-fold vs Sliding Doors

Bi-fold and sliding aluminium doors are two of the most popular options within any home. Not only are they both known for allowing superior levels of light to enter a room, but the use of modern manufacturing methods ensures that these doors are durable and aesthetically pleasing. Still, should you choose bifold or sliding doors? In order to make the appropriate decision, let's examine the features of each.

A Quick Look at the Design and Benefits of Bi-Fold Aluminium Doors

The best way to envision bi-fold doors is to imagine a concertina. In other words, they fold up in order to achieve an accordion-like configuration when open. These doors are equipped with a certain number of leaves which are set within runners in order to ensure a smooth gliding motion.

One of the main advantages of bi-fold doors is that the entire configuration can be equipped with what is known as a "traffic" door. Even when the entire assembly is closed, individuals are still able to enter and exit through this portal. Such a feature is not often seen in other variants.

The best bifold doors are associated with other amenities such as double-glazed glass panes and weatherproofing so that they are perfectly suited to be used as borders between the interior and exterior portions of a home (such as the entrance to a deck or garden patio). It should be noted that bi-fold door systems are just as ideal for commercial environments as they are for the average home. It is therefore clear to see why many property owners choose this option.

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Bifold or Sliding Doors: What are the Differences?

As the name already suggests, sliding doors will slide along an installed track as opposed to folding up similar to an accordion. Much like their bi-fold counterparts, sliding models will allow light to enter into a room and modern versions are equipped with double-glazed glass. The width of each pane is likewise quite impressive; up to three metres when certain configurations are chosen.

Having said this, it should be noted that each pane of a sliding door will normally provide a maximum opening of three-quarters of its total width. On our sliding doors, another thing to consider is that each of the panes is able to slide… for example, on a two panel door both panels will be able to move. The other main difference between these models and their bi-fold counterparts is that they are not designed in such a way as to provide an unfettered opening between two different locations.

Should You Choose Bifold or Sliding Doors?

In truth, this is a rather subjective question and it will be partially based around your design requirements. One of the main considerations involves the size of the partition between two different spaces. Extremely large apertures are often associated with sliding models and yet, it is often possible to order custom-made bi-fold doors to achieve the same results. In fact, the best bifold doors can be custom-fit to accommodate a host of discrete dimensions. It should also be mentioned that bi-fold doors can sometimes be designed to include a separate "pocket" that will store all of the leaves when the barrier is opened completely.

In terms of bifold or sliding doors, it is clear to see that each is associated with its own specific set of benefits. Still, the bi-fold models have become increasingly popular in recent times due to their inherent sense of versatility as well as a decidedly flexible nature.

Do you have additional questions or would you like to know which model is the most appropriate for your property? The experts at Elephant Windows are only a phone call away; give us a call on 01843 850 100!