With many of us choosing to extend and renovate our homes, one very popular design feature today is the large glass door.
Home renovation programmes, magazine features and elsewhere in the media feature properties with large glazed elements in the home. One of these is the glazed door.
Homeowners today want to maximise the feeling of space and as much natural light as possible. For this, bifolding and sliding doors are ideal. But what is best for you? A sliding door or a folding door?
What is best? A folding or a sliding door?
At Basfords we’ve worked with a vast number of customers each with different properties and different requirements. Many are extending their homes with a new kitchen or living space. Others simply want to replace their old timber, metal or existing doors with something more current.
Both folding and sliding doors are designed to open up a space and provide large glass areas with plenty of natural light. Combine these with a lantern roof or as part of an Orangery and you can make a huge difference to the home.
In choosing between a folding or a sliding door it’s worth considering how these doors differ. When fully open and closed both doors are different.
A bifolding door will usually consist of more panels than a sliding door. Typically each bifolding door is made between 900mm and 1200mm per folding panel.
The reality is that your bifolding doors will be closed most of the year. Therefore it’s worth considering that when your doors are closed, you’ll have much more visible aluminium.
The bifolding doors we offer are some of the slimmest you can buy so this helps minimise the sight lines. However the nature of all bifolding doors means that when closed all the panels are stacked together.
When fully opened and folded back, bifolding doors can open up more than 90% of your structural opening. Patio doors can’t do this.
The biggest advantage of sliding doors is that they can accept far larger glass panels than bifolding doors. Therefore in the closed position you look through far more glass with a sliding door than a bifolding door. Sliding doors have more glass and less aluminium.
Our Schuco sliding doors as one example can be made with each sliding panel 3 metres wide and up to 3 metres in height. Therefore with a typical domestic opening of three metres wide a sliding door gives you much more glass. . Vertical mullions on bifolding doors will be much more obvious than with a sliding door.
In the open position it is often the case that your sliding doors will need to slide behind the other panels. Therefore they won’t open up as much of the available opening as bifolding doors.
Sliding doors operate on a track so you will lose some space. If you’re building a completely new extension, it is possible to design these so that the doors slide into the wall. This of course overcomes the loss of space but it’s not ideal if you’re replacing old doors with new ones or for the average home.
It’s also worth considering how valuable your inside or outside space will be. Folding doors stack together therefore will take up space when folded back. Sliding doors won’t because they all work on one, two or three tracks in line with each other.
Three things to consider when choosing a sliding or a folding door.
- In the closed position sliding doors give you more glass to look through.
- In the open position folding doors open up a bigger space.
- In the open position sliding doors will take up no space inside or outside the home.
Let Basfords help you choose your perfect door.
Whatever product you choose, all will have their own features and advantages. All of them are manufactured from slimline and thermally efficient aluminium. All our doors come with long guarantees and are tested to the very latest security and weather standards. And all our doors come with flexible opening options and huge colour choice.
So if you’re still not sure whether to choose a folding or sliding door, visit our showroom and let us demonstrate both types of products to you. We always recommend you view these large glazed doors to help you choose.
We’ve a wealth of experience in providing the latest in sliding and folding doors to many different types of homes. Contact us and speak to one of our friendly staff.