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19Dec/15
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When Should You Choose a Bi-Folding Door?

When deciding which type of door to use for your renovation project, you have many options. Yet your decision will affect how use the space both inside your home and in your garden. It is also likely to affect the way your property looks from both the inside and outside.

If you make the right choice, this could increase the asking price if and when you come to sell your home. With all of this in mind, the choice between a French, patio or bi-folding door is not one you should make lightly. Here is some information to help make your decision a little easier…

Aesthetics

Deciding which doors to choose may well depend on the type of property you own. For example, many argue that French doors are most suited to period properties. This is because they can be customised with small window panes to reflect Edwardian, Victorian, or Georgian styles. If you are going for something that is truly authentic, then French doors may indeed be the best option.

However, despite being associated in the minds of many people with modern properties, bi-folding doors are becoming an increasingly popular choice on period homes. A bi-fold door will help to save space and offer the perfect solution to those looking to add subtle modern aesthetic touches which blend in well with their surroundings.

Configuration

While French and sliding doors do offer different configuration options, bi-folding doors are much more flexible in this regard. They are available with varying numbers of door leaves. You can customise the door leaves to open in one direction, or to open in the middle of the opening. In fact, a bi-folding door gives you many other options. It can also be designed to fold inwards or outwards, and you can place it in bay or corner areas.

Threshold

A big difference between French, sliding and bi-folding doors is their frames. French and sliding doors tend not to lie flush to the ground. This creates a step which can act as a tripping hazard. The step can also create a noticeable separation between the inside and outside of your property.

Bi-folding doors are the only option that offers a level threshold option and lies almost flush to the floor. This removes any danger of tripping due to the lack of a step effect. Choosing a bi-folding door will remove any such barrier and offer a seamless transition between the inside and outside of your property. While this can make it easier for rainwater to sweep inside your property, you can avoid this by ensuring that the floor outside your property slopes away from the door.

Cost

French doors are the cheapest option, whereas a bi-fold door is the most expensive to install. This is due to the fact that they are larger and have more leafs. Yet many believe bi-folding doors are well worth the extra money because they add greater curb appeal to a home, as well as being much more practical. In many cases, this makes the addition of a bi-folding door a very wise investment.

So if you are looking to add aluminium doors to any renovation project, make sure you do not inhibit the use of the space by getting the wrong ones.