Pros & Cons of Bifold Doors

When you introduce bifold doors into your home, you’re doing far more than standard home improvement. They are just doors, it’s true, but the positive effect they can have on everyday life is significant. More natural light and fresh air, the seamless blending of home and garden and the potential added value to your home are all reasons you should consider them as an option. But are they right for you?

Pros of Bifold Doors

Easy Installation

Whether you’re looking to install doors in a small opening or replace an entire wall of your home, bifold doors are ideal. You can install any number of doors from 2 upwards.

They can be easily installed in most sites, including corners and bay windows, making them a realistic option for most (if not all) homes.

Day to Day Functionality

If you do opt for a wall replacement a ‘traffic door’ can be included in the structure which means you can still make quick entrances and exits without the need to open or close every leaf.

Some patio doors need to be fitted onto raised tracks which means a raised threshold. This can be a potential trip hazard and also acts as a barrier between the indoors and outdoors. Bifolds, however, can be installed flush with the floor level which removes these worries and, also, makes for a far more attractive finish.

Open up your home to natural light and fresh air while going about your day; it’s the perfect way to combine the best of both worlds

Bifolds can be installed with a variety of safety finger-safe and anti-bump features to prevent accidents which is particularly relevant for homes with small children

The doors are fitted on tracks with several folding points which stack really neatly when opened up so you won’t have doors protruding

Keeping aluminium and UPVC bifold doors in good condition is much easier than you might think. Just an occasional wipe down with and everyday cleaning fluid just as you would for your normal windows.

For times when you want privacy or want to shut the outside world out, you can easily source bespoke blinds for your bifolds.

Versatility

There is a misconception that bifold doors are only suited for contemporary homes. On the contrary, there are a huge variety of styles, configurations and designs that look fantastic in traditional homes.

The flexibility of the bifold structure means you can chop and change as often as the British climate. Whether opening all the way for sun or battening down the hatches for storms, bifold doors can accommodate.

Bifolds can enhance both large and small homes including completely bespoke designs to suit unconventional layouts.

When the doors are folded back they can either do so towards the inside or outside, so you can choose which set-up suits your home best.

Style

There are several materials to choose from when it comes to the frame. Aluminium is a great choice as it’s strong, light to manoeuvre, easy to maintain and lasts a long time. If you’re after a more classic finish, timber frames are also an option but they will require more maintenance and may need to be strengthened with an aluminium core.

Once you’ve chosen your material you can select the finish and colour that will suit your home’s style. Woodgrain, metallic or powder coating in the colour of your choice are all possible and can really enhance the look of your home.

Security

Bifolds are some of the most secure patio doors available, especially when made from aluminium, as they include multiple locking points across the structure. They should be fitted on completely enclosed tracks so no intruders can gain access by lifting them out of their track.

Cons of Bifold Doors

More frame than glass?

Each folding pane of glass has its own frame which, when closed, can mean an obstructed view. This can be remedied by making the frames as slender as possible and avoiding dark coloured frames which highlight the structure.

No threshold

Although the lack of a raised threshold is a positive in many ways, it also presents a potential issue if not installed correctly. With no barrier between the indoors and outside ground, water on the ground could be blown / swept into the indoors. This can be prevented by introducing a drainage system and / or creating a slight slope away from the doors.

Stacked doors

If the bifolds concertina into the home then they will fold and stack inside. This could be intrusive if you have limited indoor space so ensure to ask your installer for their advice.

Cost

There’s no denying that bifold doors are the most costly option on the market. This is because they are usually large installations involving a large amount of glass and framing. On average, you are facing around £1000 per metre.  In addition, many installations need to be bespoke designs which raises the cost. The materials, type of glass and finish will all affect the price, and the price of installation will vary from supplier to supplier.

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