If you have seen any home renovation programmes the chances are you will have seen bifold doors in action in one or more of them. These are a modern creation that can make a huge difference to a property.
Below you can find out more about them and what they can offer you in terms of practicality and appeal. You’ll also get a better idea of how much you might pay for them.
What are the benefits of bifold doors?
Imagine walking into your living room and being able to fold back the doors that open out onto the garden. Instead of having just one or two doors opening, you can literally open up the entire wall space and bring the outside in – and vice versa. It’s a great option if you entertain a lot since you can make a large area for people to enjoy, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
If you find your living room is usually quite dark during the day if the sun isn’t out, you’ll appreciate the vast amounts of light bifold doors will bring in, even when closed.
Another advantage concerns the versatility of the doors. You don’t have to open them all the way for example, regardless of how many or few panels you have. For instance if you have a three-panel bifold door you can open just the first section, or slide them back all the way if you wish. This versatility makes both your room and your garden more appealing in lots of ways.
Are they better than French doors?
They can be in many circumstances. Of course much of this is down to personal choice, but people with mobility issues would definitely benefit from bifold doors. This is because the track they run on can be sunk into the floor. The indoor and outdoor areas can be on the same level as each other, making for easy access via a wheelchair. The only caveat is for the exterior surface to slope downhill so as not to attract water.
You’ve also got a more minimalist design to appreciate with bifold doors. This means no clunky door frames or surrounds, even when the doors are fully open. French doors do enable you to open a double door section, but you will still have a sill to step over. This might be a tripping hazard for some people and for kids. Bifold doors guarantee the maximum amount of openness regardless of how many panels you have.
What could you expect to pay for bifold doors?
This varies depending on how big the space is to be filled. Buying good quality bifold doors is definitely advisable, so while you will see prices starting from around £1,200, most experts advise paying more. One source estimated a cost of between £1,200 and £1,600 per metre. This did not include VAT but it did include the cost of installing the doors. This is a broad figure and you may find you pay more or less than this depending on where you live as well. Clearly the specification has a big effect on the final price. Better quality locks and security measures are always worthwhile, and the materials used in construction will affect the final price as well.
As always the best option is to search out a selection of quotations from suitable companies near to you. Make sure you decide on the type, style and size of doors you require so you can get like-for-like quotes from each provider. Once you know the cost you can choose the preferred company and look forward to a whole new look for your home.