Bi folding patio doors have become very popular in recent times. They regularly pop up in home renovation shows and new build projects, and it’s not hard to see why.
Here we take a closer look at these doors so you know what to expect and whether they’d be right for your home.
Why consider buying bifold doors?
Firstly, a bi folding door provides a nice alternative to having either one or two standard doors. Instead of opening them out where they’d still be in the way, bifold patio doors are designed to fold back right out of the way.
They can also provide a completely different look and feel for your property. Nowadays it is very appealing to be able to open up a large portion of one room so it meets the outside, making the interior space flow into the garden. It certainly beats having regular patio doors.
What are the advantages of bi folding doors?
Where shall we begin? These doors offer many perks, some of which you may not have thought of before. For example the doors slide easily within a small channel at the top and bottom to keep them in line. The design means the floor level will be the same inside and outside your home. This is ideal if you or anyone else in your home uses a wheelchair. It’s also good if you have toddlers or young children who don’t always look where they’re going before going outside! With no step to worry about these doors are very practical indeed.
Another key advantage is the width of doors you can have. While they use the term ‘bi’, which generally makes you think of two doors, they can actually be anything from two panels to several more. This means you could have almost one entire wall of the room facing your garden fitted with these doors. Imagine being able to open up your entire room on a warm day, so you can enjoy the inside and outside spaces equally. It brings a whole new feel to your home.
How many finishes are available for bi folding doors?
Once you start looking around for these doors you will see a variety of options available in terms of the finish. You should be able to get something to suit the appearance of your home, regardless of whether the doors will be a new addition or whether you are renovating (or building) the entire property.
For example you could get uPVC bifold doors to match existing uPVC windows if you have them. Alternatively you may want to opt for wooden bifold doors if you would like a more rustic natural look. Yet another option would be to get aluminium bifold doors.
The finish you choose will depend on several factors. For example you will want to get something to match existing doors and windows if this is a new installation. You might also want to consider your budget though. Doors made from uPVC are likely to be cheaper than ones made from solid wood. In this case even the wood you choose could have an effect on the final price you pay
Aluminium Bifold Doors can be very versatile and can be bought in several colour finishes. In every case you should consider the quality of the particular materials being supplied, since it can vary between suppliers and manufacturers.
Another point to consider is the amount of upkeep you’ll want to be involved with. Both uPVC and aluminium doors are simple to take care of and neither need any regular treatment. However wood requires staining or varnishing, or painting if you wish, and this will need to be maintained whenever required.
Which is best – supply only or supply and fit?
The answer to this depends on whether you could fit the doors yourself, or whether you can find a cheaper option when it comes to finding someone else to fit them. Many people find it easier to go down the supply and fit route. However it could be you are having building work done already, or you know a good installer who can do the job at a reasonable price. In this case the supply only option might be better for you.
How to find the right company for you
Folding patio doors are offered by all manner of different companies up and down the country. Some will only operate within their local area, whereas others can take on jobs over a wider area. They may have different offices or outlets in different parts of the country.
As such you need to do your research and see what the options are where you live. Many people like to either use a local or well-known national company, it ultimately comes down to price and personal preference.
The main thing to bear in mind is not to opt for the first company you come across. Compare a handful of them and take a look at what they each have to offer. Can they provide the service and door designs you need? Look for testimonials as well to see how popular they are with previous customers.
How much will you pay for your new bi fold patio doors?
Prices will vary depending on the quality of the doors, how big the company is, what the doors are made of and how big you need them to be. Clearly, a two-panel door made from uPVC will be much cheaper than a seven-panel door made from solid wood.
Whatever you need and want, make sure you get quotes for your requirements from at least three companies. You can then compare what you will get from each company, how long you will need to wait for the doors to be made and how long you will wait for installation too. Once you have these quotes you can make the best choice for your needs.
In the end, these bifolding doors could be the ideal way to brighten up (and open up) your home.