Now more than ever, it is important to homeowners to make sure the indoor of their home blends seamlessly with their outdoor space – which explains the surge in popularity in sliding and bi-fold doors.
Both bi-fold doors and sliding doors epitomise indoor/outdoor living by creating a smooth transition between the inside and outside of the home.
But when it comes to deciding between the two, people can often get the two confused and the decision can be difficult.
In this article, we take a closer look at and compare bi-fold and sliding doors so you can make the best choice for your home.
Bi-fold or Sliding door – which is which?
Despite being similar in appearance, the main difference between both sliding and bi-fold doors can be seen in the way that they open.
Consisting of several panels which are joined by hinges, bi-fold doors ‘fold’ away against each other along a concealed track on the floor or ceiling – or, sometimes, both.
On the other hand, sliding patio doors are usually made up of two or more large glass panels that slide open sideways to the end of the frame.
A key difference between these two types of doors is that sliding doors don’t require the same space as bi-fold doors as they don’t project outwards.
Benefits of sliding patio doors
- Flood your home with natural light
The large panes of glass that make up sliding patio doors mean you are able to illuminate your home with natural light – creating a space that is not only bright and airy but also gives a greater sense of space. So, if your home is lacking in space then a bit of added light might just be what it needs.
- Embrace the outdoors
Sliding doors are the perfect way to draw the outside in – blurring the lines between your home’s indoor and outdoor space. Thanks to their large glass panes that make up a sliding patio door provide enhanced views so you can enjoy your garden from the comfort of your home no matter the weather.
- Save space
If your home doesn’t have much space to spare than a sliding door is a great option. As it doesn’t open on a hinge, no extra space is needed for the door arc as the door simply opens by the door sliding over another panel.
Benefits of a bi-fold door
- Greater aesthetics
A bi-fold door will give your home a more sleek and modern look making a a stylish addition. With a huge range of different styles, colour options and materials available, it has never been easier to find the perfect bi-fold door for your home.
- Enhanced security
As far as security is concerned, bi-fold doors are not only stylish but they are a more secure option than conventional sliding patio doors as bi-fold doors generally feature multi-locking systems and high-security hinges, as opposed to other glass doors that typically tend to have just one locking point.
- Indoor/Outdoor flow
As a bi-fold door is able to fold right back that essentially opens up an entire wall, you can get a greater flow between the outdoors and the inside of your home than you can with other doors. This means you can truly encapsulate your home’s outside space throughout your home.
Which is best?
Before you are able to answer which is the best option for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. These include:
- Natural light
As far as natural light is concerned, both of these two types of doors are a great way to maximise light in your home. With that being said, if maximising the amount of light your home gets is a priority then a sliding door is a slight favourite. Why is this? Well, thanks to their larger glass panels means that the light is unobstructed and free to flood the room with sunlight.
In essence, when it comes to maximising natural light, the greater glass to frame ratio the better, which makes a sliding door a better all-round choice compared to bi-fold doors in terms of light.
- Indoor/Outdoor living
Indoor/outdoor living has boomed in recent times which would explain why both sliding and bi-fold doors are becoming so popular with homeowners as they are perfect for creating a seamless transition between the outdoors and interior of your home. However, a bi-fold door has the edge over the sliding patio door when looking to create a truly open space, as, unlike sliding doors which only slide open about 65%, a bi-fold door is able to completely fold away which entirely opens up one wall.
Now to talk about money. When it comes to price, there isn’t that much between these two types of doors. But, this can depend on the width of the door unit. For example, just by increasing the width of a sliding door even by a few panes, will impact its price as large single glass panels can be costly.
As you can see there is no clear-cut winner between these two types of doors as it really comes down to what you’re trying to achieve and your personal preference For example, if you’re looking for a door that opens up wall space and can open fully then a bi-fold door is the best choice. But, if natural light is what is what counts then a sliding door edges it.
Whichever you choose, it is important that you choose a trusted installer to ensure a quality installation.
At Barnham Windows, we take great pride in our work which is why our expert team is dedicated to providing each of our customers with a first-class service supplying the finest products. With extensive experience in the industry, you know when you choose us, your home is in safe hands.
If you’re looking to install either a bi-fold or sliding door in your home in Bognor Regis and the surrounding area, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your options.