Bi-fold doors or Sliding Folding Doors are one of the most popular home improvement products. Also referred to as concertina doors, accordion doors, folding doors, or multi folding doors they allow the creation of glass walls and open up to create a seamless transition between inside and outside spaces. But the bifolding door has been around in other countries for many years already.
The rise in the popularity of bifolding doors may put down to the lifestyle and home design programmes such as Grand Designs. Others say it is down to the change in living environments. Homeowners have adopted the trend for open plan living, more family rooms and combined spaces in the home. Another reason is the recent changes to property trends with homeowners choosing to improve and renovate the home instead of moving house.
Even if you currently have a standard set of french or patio doors, they can easily be replaced with bifolding doors. Whatever the reason bi-folding doors are currently very attractive, and this is evident by a significant number of manufacturers and installers now in the market and bespoke door manufacturers.
Bi Folding Doors Enhance Living spaces
With a bifolding door, the main advantage with the ability to open up an entire space when open. When closed, bifolding door enables the same extensive views outdoors associated with patio doors. Capacity to create flush floor levels and a seamless transition from inside and out is another benefit.
With the broad range of products in the marketplace the consumer has a huge choice when it comes to bifolding doors with several benefits over french doors or patio doors:
- Some doors will create a 90% clear opening.
- They are a fantastic alternative to French doors or patio doors which only offer a 40% opening.
- They enable open plan living areas and can convert two rooms into one.
- Improved light thanks to large glass panels.
- High security.
- Available in a wide variety of colours and finishes.
- Inward or outward opening.
- Wide variety of opening combinations
- Bifolding doors add value to property.
Who are the main providers of aluminium bifolding doors?
Bifolding doors today are available with many different aesthetics, colours, hardware choices and specifications. Most window and door systems companies now have bifolding doors to their product range. There are over 50 different bifolding door brands in the UK. Some of the best bifolding doors in the UK include:
To choose the best type of bifolding door, consumers now have access to more information and dedicated bifolding door showrooms. This very website is unique, providing independent and impartial information about bifolding doors. Finding the best bi folding doors can be a challenge when faced with so much information. The Aluminium Trade Supply Website can give you advice on all aspects of bifolding doors. Contact us for further information.
Bifolding doors are complicated to engineer, design and fabricate. A good installation means bifolding doors operate reliably. Many of the perceived problems associated with folding doors are usually down to installation.
While PVCu bifolds also have their place in the market, aluminium is the preferred choice.
Many pvcu double glazing companies choose not to supply PVCu bifolds alongside their pvcu window ranges. While fit for purpose, pvcu bifolds have much thicker sight lines than aluminium, heavier looking hinges and are not as attractive a product. Additionally, PVCu bifolding doors can suffer thermal expansion particularly in south facing elevations giving them problems in use and ongoing service issues compared to aluminium bi-folding doors.
Aluminium bi folding doors can be made larger and taller than their PVCu counterparts. In aluminium, bifold doors have far less obtrusive and more attractive hardware. They can also last much longer. Furthermore, their slimmer sight lines, especially since the doors are closed most of the year, enable larger glass areas compared to pvcu.
Aluminium bifolding doors when correctly made and installed, provide long service life with little maintenance. The non-welded construction of aluminium (compared to pvcu) means that individual sections can easily be replaced should any damage occur.
Bifolding doors are one home improvement product that can contrast with the entire home.
While white remains the best selling colour in replacement windows, it is now vogue for to purchase bifolding doors in bolder, contrasting and even different colours inside and out. The powder coating of aluminium profiles enables virtually unlimited colour choice, durability and protection.
We help thousands of homeowners and industry professionals every year choose the right bifolding door from the best suppliers. Contact us today.
Featured image shows Smarts Bifolding doors fitted by Cheam Windows of Surrey.