Essential Guide to buying Bi-Fold doors

Bi fold doors have become a must-have feature in the design of modern homes in recent times.

They regularly pop up at home renovation shows, on DIY programmes, in new building projects and extensions in the domestic and commercial markets. If you watch any episode of Grand Designs you will quickly notice that BiFold doors are the most popular designer’s choice.

By installing sliding room dividers you will not only catch up with the latest trends, but also create a seamless transition from your home to the garden. They will dramatically change the feel of your home and add value to your property.

If you are thinking of buying and installing bi-folding doors, read on for excellent tips and insights on how to choose the best doors for your home. Or jump to a section within this guide:

WHAT ARE BI FOLD DOORS?

The concertina design of bi-folding doors allows to open up the whole wall of glazed panels which fold and slide along a track.

Glass sliding doors can have between two and seven panels, which means you can have an entire wall of the room fitted with these doors to create a stunning open space with a beautiful view of your garden.

Bi-fold doors are a great alternative to patio doors or French doors – combining more innovative solutions, better performance and unimpeded view.

Check out Todd Doors’ range of bi-folding doors with cutting edge features, excellent performance and stunning finish options to make a remarkable addition to your home.

Todd Doors Bi-Fold White (Kitchen)

BENEFITS

Bi fold doors offer countless benefits to your home, some of which you may not have thought of before.

Wide use

Bi-folding doors have a wide range of uses; from opening up dining rooms and lounges, brightening kitchens to creating a fashionable look with Bi-Fold shower doors.

Beautiful modern design

Glass sliding doors will add a wow factor to your home with timeless aesthetics, innovative design, superior engineering and premium quality.

Flooding your home with natural light

Bi folding doors can be a stunning design feature that will fill your home with natural light, giving the house a real sense of energy, freshness and wonderful view of outside.

Bespoke Bifold Doors (Swimming Pool) by Todd Doors

Maximize your space

In smaller properties, bi fold doors are perfect for creating extensions, giving you the illusion of space. They will allow you to maximize the natural light, which comes into your home, whether they are open or closed, making a room look and feel larger.

Link between inside and the garden

Installing bi fold doors to your garden is an easy and unsurprisingly popular way of making the most of your garden all year round.

The seamless transition from the inside to the outside should encourage kids to play outdoors and bring family and friends outside to enjoy the garden in summer.

Todd Doors Bi-fold Prestige Plus Range - Oak

In the colder months, you can enjoy your outdoor space and the comfort of being indoors at the same time.

Accessibility

The design of bi fold doors make floor level the same inside as outside sweeping away the boundaries between your home and the outside.

It’s a particularly useful feature when you have small kids or a wheelchair user at home.

Superior compatibility and flexibility

Bi fold doors take up much less space than traditional French or patio doors, offering the benefit of opening up your wall completely.

You can even have them stacked outside if you don’t have space in the room. Bi fold doors offer great flexibility by enabling rooms to be expanded or contracted easily.

Efficient thermal performance

The high quality of double glazed panels in bi folding doors offer great thermal efficiency and help reduce heat loss to keep your house warm and cosy especially in winter time.

MATERIAL CHOICE

Your home is your personal statement so choose doors that will fit your style and personality best.

Bi fold doors are available in a wide range of finishes, colours and designs to perfectly match the rest of your home or stand out creating a wow factor.

Alzira Wal1l Lounge BiFold Door

They can be made from aluminium, hardwood and timber. If you like a more rustic, natural and traditional look, then our beautiful oak bi fold doors would be an ideal choice for you.

Hardwood and aluminium doors would suit contemporary homes perfectly; providing a more modern look, low maintenance and great strength.

CONSTRUCTION

Bi fold doors can be installed in several different configurations. They can be folded to the left or the right, and can be opened on the inside or outside. They may have panels all folding the same way or split with a number folding to each side.

Folding sliding doors are complete with a main traffic door that functions individually, which allows the continuing use of the bifold doors without having to push all the panels back. They usually require highly engineered hinges and rollers.

You might want to think about the ironmongery details to beautifully match the style of your home.

Bi fold doors offer amazing flexibility in design and are remarkably easy to operate. They are light weight but extremely draught-proof and strong.

At Todd Doors, every set of bi-folding doors can be made bespoke to the exact size and style requirements, so you can create the look you want.

COST

Bi folding doors are rather pricey, with cost starting from £1000. However, the good quality bi fold doors will look good, work smoothly and effectively and last for a long time, which makes them well worth the initial investment.

The price will vary depending on factors such as: quality, material and size.  The frame is the most expensive part, so less panels and more glazing is the cheapest solution.

Find out more information on bi-folding doors pricing.

FAQ’S

To make your decision even easier, we covered the most often asked question about bi folding doors.

Are bi fold doors secure?

Bi fold doors are very secure. Their construction and a multi locking system with anti-drill key cylinders offer a great level of security when compared to other standard glazed doors. Also, the high quality double glazing panels are incredibly tough and hard to break.

Is it quick and easy to install bi fold doors?

Bi fold doors are not difficult to install, but they do require due care and attention when installing them. With professional services, bi fold doors can be installed in one day.

Can bi-folding doors be covered with curtains?

Bi fold doors can be dressed with curtains or with very-on trend integrated blinds for bi-folding doors. The blinds are available in a variety of style, colours and fittings so you can easily transform the feel of your home. They are perfect for adjusting the amount of light that comes in to the room giving you privacy when you want it.

Are bi-fold doors worth the money?

Even though the good quality bi fold doors can be expensive, they are well worth the investment. Installing bi fold doors will not only enhance the feel and look of your home but will also provide you with multiple benefits such as bigger space, better protection from elements, increased security, minimal maintenance and durability.