Aluminium Bi-fold Or Sliding Doors: Which Are Better?
Both bi-fold and sliding doors are a complement to any home. Offering beautiful views to the outside world and allowing plenty of natural light in, both doors are attractive, easy to use and secure. But which is the better option for your home?
In this guide, we’re discussing the pros and cons of each option to help you make the right decision. As is often the case, one isn’t simply ‘better’ than the other – but one may be more suitable for your needs.
Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors
Bi-fold doors have a distinctive appearance from inside and out. They utilise multiple panes of glass housed in sleek, sturdy aluminium frames. The frames are a striking design feature in themselves, but they do mean that the view out is interrupted a little when the doors are closed.
When they’re open, however, bi-fold doors come into their own. Unlike sliding doors, bi-fold doors can open fully, allowing you to connect with nature like never before. If you love the idea of experiencing the sights and sounds of your garden from the comfort of your armchair, bi-fold doors are hard to beat.
Their lightweight makes them easy and quick to open and close, too, though they do take up some space when folded together. Fortunately, because they can be configured to fold up either inside or outside your home, this isn’t normally an issue.
Aluminium Sliding Doors
Aluminium sliding doors look sleek and minimalist, utilising large panes of glass and thin (but tough) frames. Though they can’t open fully in the same way as their bi-fold counterparts, the fact that they have fewer frames means that the view out when the doors are closed is virtually uninterrupted. This means that they allow more natural light in too, which is useful during dark British winters!
Despite the weight of large sliding doors, cleverly designed mechanisms make opening and closing them a breeze – although they’re rarely quite as effortless as bi-fold doors. They can be more expensive too.
If you can’t decide which route to take, speak to the experts here at Klosen. We have years of experience installing both sliding and bi-fold doors, and are more than happy to offer recommendations based on your requirements. Speak to us today to get your questions answered and to receive a tailored quote.