Are you looking to improve, add value or reconfigure your home? Have you recently brought a property and are designing its refurbishment? If so, please read on as I want to give you all the information on a home improvement that is becoming increasingly popular: bi-folding doors. While normally used to replace existing patio doors or an external rear-facing wall, they are also an option internally to divide large rooms or close off specific spaces. Their easy-to-use opening mechanism and versatility mean that when used to their full potential, they can transform any home and day-to-day family life.

What Are Bi-folding Doors?

This great home improvement consists of any number of glazed floor to ceiling panels which, when opened, slide on tracks and fold together until the folded panels reach and are secured on the far wall. When in the closed and fixed position, one of the panels functions as a normal opening and closing door; this is referred to as the travel door. Bi-folding doors are manufactured in several different materials and a range of colours and finishes, giving a wide scope of design choices. It is often mistakenly thought that installing bifolds is a security risk, but multiple locking points and modern locking technology mean security is actually increased when bifolding doors are part of a property.

The Different Materials

Bi-folding doors are manufactured in four main materials, Timber, uPVC, Aluminium and Composite, each with its costs and characteristics, which are –

  • Timber – this sustainable material is versatile and is chosen by many for its natural look; it’s also a great insulator but does need more maintenance than other materials.
  • Upvc – this material is the budget option with decent thermal qualities; unfortunately, it is limited in the range of finishes and not environmentally friendly.
  • Aluminium – is often thought of as the best material for bifolds, its structural strength, low maintenance, and wide range of finishes ensure its popularity, but it’s also expensive. It doesn’t score highly in the thermal insulating category.
  • Composite – this modern development uses a mixture of materials to create the perfect mix of excellent performance in all categories; this also means it is the most expensive.

It all depends on what is most important to you, and your project, budget, finish, thermal efficiency, and maintenance must all be considered when making your choice.

The Pros and Cons of Using Bifolding Doors

As with any major change or improvement to your home, there are benefits and some possible problems which demand evaluation before making your final decisions in the design process. Let’s take a look at some of these issues now, firstly with the advantages –

  • Installing bifolds increases the amount of healthy natural light in your home.
  • They give you a perfect indoor/outdoor space in the summer months.
  • Bifolds increase the value of your home.
  • Enhanced security and energy efficiency.
  • Your home is transformed into better looking, stylish family home.

The possible issues that can occur from installing bifolding doors can include –

  • Poor installation can mean drainage problems.
  • Wrongly positioned bifolds can mean privacy issues.
  • When used in large homes, they can be expensive.
  • Larger frames can mean obstructed internal views.

The majority of these problems are alleviated by a proper design process using all the experience of your chosen installation specialist; take a further look at bi-folding doors today!

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