If you are replacing an old patio door with new bifolding doors, then you will already have lived with your patio doors for a length of time and you will have your reasons for changing them.
Perhaps they are an older system that is still in a hardwood subframe with a simple locking mechanism and maybe prone to condensation? Modern Patio doors are now available in direct fix systems without the need for hardwood frames, are highly secure, thermally efficient and have come a long way since the patio doors of old. Seek advice from a reputable installer and go view the current range of patio doors available. Modern patio doors are slim, light in operation and a very attractive product generally.
Similarly there is a huge range of bifolding doors available. It is the hardware not just the quality of the manufactured product that will give your doors a long and trouble free life.
Origin Doors for example are the only bifolding doors on the market presently with a 20 year guarantee due to the high quality of manufacture and the top quality hardware fitted to their doors.
Another premium and superbly well designed folding door is the Air product. This is a bifolding door manufactured by one of the longest established aluminium manufacturing companies in the UK, Everglade Windows. Air bifolding doors have a 25 year guarantee.
To the best of our knowledge only Air and Origin folding doors come with this long-term guarantee.
Similarly there are other equally good products that are slimmer, can go taller, are more flat in appearance and more thermally efficient. There is a huge range of quality products in the marketplace and it pays to research.
You should consider how the doors will affect your outside or inside space when open.
One other factor to consider between sliding folding/bifolding doors and sliding patio doors is that bifolding doors when open will encroach into your inside or outside space. If you are limited on outside space then your bifolding doors may have to open in.
Think about your interior and whether the bifolding doors when open will interfere with your living space. By comparison, patio doors are on a single, double or triple track and when open will not take up any of your inside or outside space.
If you are constructing or replacing doors to a large opening, you will probably have more than three door leaves. Modern patio doors are now available on double, triple or even quadruple tracks.
Today’s modern patio doors enable two, three or four leaves to slide on separate tracks so they can equally give you the versatility that bifolding doors can. Again look at how you will use your room, look at the functions and operation of bifolding doors compared to patio doors and make an informed decision.
If you live in a flat or apartment with a small balcony again patio doors may be more suitable depending on the size of your balcony, size of the aperture and whether it is your only outside space.
If you would like more information on patio doors and bifolding doors, please contact us.