Over the last few years bifold doors and large patio doors have been installed to many properties as part of refurbishment projects as well as new builds.
Bifolding doors are popular for living rooms, family rooms, kitchen extensions and renovations. Their ability to flood a room with natural light, offer large views into the garden provide that seamless transition between inside and outside spaces are the major reasons why they are the must have door product today.
The Bifolding Door and particularly with the slim aesthetically pleasing lines of aluminium is today one of the most desired products in any home improvement project.
There are a wide variety of bifolding doors available in the marketplace today and anyone interested in having a bifolding door fitted has the choice of many colours, styles and designs to suit any kind of property.
Now your bifolding doors are installed and the room is finished, what about shading?
Whilst you do not want to obscure the excellent view into your garden, patio, terrace or even swimming pool, there will invariably be times when you need your doors to provide you with privacy. Bespoke blinds for bifolding doors are available in many forms and provide solutions.
It is important to remember that modern bifolding doors are thermally efficient and offer very good weather performance. Therefore in choosing blinds it will not be the cold you are trying to keep out but more a case of additional privacy when you need it.
If you are fortunate to live in a property with a garden that is not overlooked, you many not find it necessary to have door blinds fitted.
But even if you don’t need privacy, it is well accepted that fabrics and textures in a room can add that feeling of warmth and cosiness. Again bifolding door blinds can help.
Whilst the building work has been carried out, it may have been difficult to visualise the finished room. You will have dealt with all the building materials, dust and ongoing work. Now this work is complete your room will be decorated, furnished and accessorised.
With your finished room and new bifolding doors, are you intending on leaving your bifolding doors without any form of covering? Typically modern renovations with bifolding doors are of a modern nature with natural colours, minimal clutter and an overall contemporary look, feel and theme.
Any covering you choose will need to retain the theme that not only looks good but also works with your overall decor.
There are a wide variety of bifolding door blinds available.
Fabrics and Materials
There are materials available that can completely completely obscure the light if needed and give you total privacy.
There are also materials available that perform brilliantly in reducing heat and glare through the glass but still allow a view outdoors. These types of fabrics will be particularly useful if you want to continue enjoying the excellent views your bifolding doors provide but wish to prevent too much light coming in.
Examples where these more transparent materials are useful is reducing the glare during the daytime onto a television screen or computer monitor. If you have placed a sofa or chair directly by the doors there may be times when it may be too hot to sit by them. Again these types of blinds and fabrics work very well.
Whatever your requirements, you will also find a diverse range of textures and fabrics that can perfectly complement the finished room and your new bifolding doors.
Fabric technology and manufacturing techniques have progressed over recent years and now there are large blinds available with minimal joints or seams as well.
Manual or Electric Blinds?
Both types of blinds have their advantages. With manual blinds the cost is invariably lower but if they are to be used several times a day (depending on how your bifolding doors are used) you may find motorised blinds more convenient. There is also less wear and tear on an electric motor for the long term than there is on a cord or chain operated manual blind.
If you have young children who are inquisitive and may play with manual blinds, the electric option may be more suitable. Similarly if you are planning on renting your property out in the future (and as your property may have several tenants over time) motorised blinds may prove more reliable with different people using them.
Mains powered or Battery Operated?
Your choice of mains powered or battery operated will again depend upon your particular installation and situation. Battery operated blinds have the advantage of not requiring additional wiring or the placement of wires. This is useful on existing rooms where you don’t wish to have any further disruption to your finished decor.
Whatever option you choose both types offer reliable long term operation and you can programme the motors to open and close all the blinds together or individually.