Bi-Fold Doors Or Sliding Doors?

When choosing between bi-folding and sliding doors, it’s important to consider the role they will play practically and aesthetically. Consider what you want your new doors to achieve. Is it to have a better view of outside? Do you want to increase the amount of natural light? Or do you want to improve the way you and your family use your home and garden?

To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of each product and the winners for each category:

Sliding Doors

Bi Fold

Wide Opening

Bi Fold

Bi Folding doors have a wider opening when fully folded; this means that the home and garden can be fully integrated.

Sliding Doors

Sliding designs have a smaller opening than folding doors, reducing the accessibility between the home and garden.

Winner

Bi Fold doors take the easy win in this category – these doors are perfect for homeowners who want to integrate the beauty of the garden with their home and extend their living space.

Practicality

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors move easily on their tracks and are opened with minimal effort. But do consider the chance of the door getting stuck if the tracks are not kept clean.

Bi Fold

If the space limits the door configuration options, you will have to keep an area clear for the folding doors to function, which can be impractical for smaller rooms and gardens. However, a traffic door can be included in the design so that you have access in and out, just as you would with a back door. This can be particularly useful in the colder weather.

Draw

The ability for Bi Fold doors to open dramatically increases the practically of them, however there must be an external or internal area for the doors to be stacked. The versatility of the traditional sliding door is suitable for any sized room of the house but offers less functionality.

The View

Sliding Doors

The traditional sliding style offers a large glass surface when the door is closed, providing a better view of the exterior environment. However, one door slides behind the other when the door is in use which could somewhat disrupt the view of outside.

Bi Fold

The Maximum width for each panel is increased with Bi Fold doors, offering better views and more natural light. However, the framework needed for this style is typically wider than traditional designs, so the exterior view may be affected when the folding doors are closed.

Winner

Sliding doors are the winner here, as they offer a larger glass surface. Whilst our bi-fold products are designed with slim sight-lines, many customers choose the style of  sliding or lift and slide doors over the functionality of folding doors if their home offers beautiful views.

Increase Re-Sale Value of Home

Bi Fold

Increasing in popularity, these aesthetically pleasing doors add a modern twist to your home. They produce a better visual appearance and are likely to increase the value of your property.

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors can add beauty and elegance to a home and can effectively increase the amount of natural light, making smaller rooms feel bigger.

Draw

Both products effectively improve the look and functionality of a home, easily increasing a property’s value when it comes to selling up. Additionally, each Lite Haus door is designed to be thermally insulating, an important consideration for anyone purchasing their next home.

Still not sure which doors are suitable for your home? Speak to our team of experts today! Call us on 024 7646 0115 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.