It’s no secret that bi-fold doors are currently all the rage. If you take a look at any design programme, these concertina-style patio doors are being used to open out and expand homes all over Britain.
They instantly add the illusion of space by creating a clear wall that opens out into an outdoor space.
If you’re looking at ways to design the ultimate patio or hosting space, here are some benefits of bi-fold doors.
Glass wall effect
Bi-fold doors are the ultimate way to create an open panoramic effect at the back of your home. You can start with anything as small as three panels and broaden out to as many as eight if you have the space to do so.
This is a superb way of creating an open expanse of space in the summertime, which is useful if you like to use your home for barbecues and other social events.
Even if you’re not a party animal, it’s still a comfortable way of enjoying the fresh air from the comfort of your indoor furniture.
Bi-folding doors are also ideal for transforming a dark room. Instead of adding regular French doors to a small study or spare bedroom, add bi-folding doors for a uniquely bright feel.
Adding a curtain rail will ensure that you and your guests experience privacy as well as lightness.
If you’re worried about a glass wall letting in too much cold in the winter months then don’t panic.
If you opt for a quality manufacturer, bi-fold doors should be double-glazed, meaning they will be extremely effective at insulating heat.
Bi-fold doors should carry out the same function as any other window or door in your home; they should simultaneously be able to let in fresh air and trap warm air when shut.
Just because bi-fold doors are a modern concept, it doesn’t mean that the materials you have to work with are limited. You can get bifold doors with uPVC, aluminium and even timber frames.
While the overall effect of bi-fold doors might be quite a contemporary and futuristic one, you can find designs with older materials that make them blend seamlessly into older homes.
Being clever about how you use your frames will help you create a look that is both stylish and right for your home.
Aluminium frames are lightweight and ideal for larger panes of glass, while uPVC frames are perfect for those who want longevity and want to keep as much heat out as possible.
It’s also important to know that uPVC doesn’t corrode in high-sodium environments, so beach-dwellers may want to consider this as an option.
Bi-fold doors have a number of tricks up their sleeves. Whether you’re interested in the various materials that they come in or how the adjustable panes work, or you are curious about embracing a glass wall illusion, it’s no wonder they’re so popular.
Your home doesn’t even have to be a futuristic modern creation for them to feel instantly at home in your property, either.
Our article on colours and styles is also relevant to bi-fold doors.