Should I choose aluminium bifold doors or sliding doors?

Feeling connected to nature does wonders for our health and wellbeing, and as such many homeowners are looking at ways to be closer to the outdoors in their own home. Whether you’re undergoing a refurb or taking on a new project, both aluminium bifold and sliding doors will allow you to bring the outside in, creating a pleasant transition from your home to the garden.

We explain the benefits of each door type to help you choose which style is right for you.

Aluminium Bifold Doors

Aluminium bifold doors have experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, as a stylish alternative to more traditional patio and French doors. The bifold design has multiple panels connected by hinges, that fold back on themselves in a concertina style along a track and stack together. This allows an entire wall to be opened up with a flush threshold, creating a seamless transition from your room to the outdoors. Homeowners with bifold doors enjoy uninterrupted views and lots of natural light, as well as a great sense of space and flexibility in the home, particularly when entertaining.

With an array of configurations, aluminium bifold doors can be customisable to your specific design needs. These space saving doors can fold from right to left or left to right, creating a standard entrance that is easy to open and close, or you can opt for a design that opens from the middle outwards. A ‘traffic door’ or access leaf is always an option too, giving you even more control over the door use.

At Sussex Glazing, the latest designs showcase super slim frames, while ensuring the doors are durable and energy efficient, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our aluminium bifold door frames can withstand wind speeds of up to 100mph and come with secure multi-point locking mechanisms for added safety and security.

Aluminium Sliding Doors

Aluminium sliding doors are a popular choice for homeowners looking for a happy medium between traditional French doors and modern bifold doors. This style has large panes of glass which slide sideways over each other to an end frame, in line with the wall.

Opening to approximately 65 percent, you do not experience a completely open wall. However, this style may be more appealing if you like to partially open the doors during the warmer months. Because of the large panes of glass and fewer panels, sliding doors have a less interrupted view when closed and, similar to aluminium bifold doors, let in lots of natural light.

Modern aluminium sliding doors are slim and stylish with greater durability than their PVCu counterparts. At Sussex Glazing, our sliding doors are long lasting and require less maintenance than other designs, making them more cost effective.

Bifold door or sliding door – which one is right for you?

Choosing between a bifold or sliding door really comes down to the aesthetic you want and the space you have. Aluminium bifold doors certainly deliver the wow-factor but sliding doors may be a more practical choice for you. For both styles, the cost will depend on the amount of glass panels and frames, though the two can be fairly similar in price. The right door for you is one that meets your personal preferences and the style of home you want to create.

Let Sussex Glazing help you choose the right doors for you

If you can’t decide between bifold or sliding doors, Sussex Glazing’s friendly team of experts are on hand to guide you through the process. Speak to us today for expert advice for your home improvement needs.

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