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Why bifolding doors are best!

Bifolding doors are ‘in’! Originally designed as internal doors for use in confined spaces, such as closets and laundry rooms, as home owners and property developers endeavoured to make the most of all available space, bifolding doors have now found their place as an modern exterior door option.

Get more connected to your wonderful outdoor space

Bifolding doors are the perfect solution if you’re looking to open up your living space and make it feel more connected to your garden or patio, which makes them well worth considering if you’re planning an extension or wanting to make better use of the space you have.

The flexibility of bifolding doors gives a real advantage over standard doors too. They can be fully opened, partially opened, or kept completely closed, giving you greater control over how much additional space you want to create. And because of the amount of glazing – rather than solid wall – you can achieve a much more visually appealing result because the view onto your garden will become much bigger.

Even when the doors are shut on a cold day, you won’t feel shut off from the outside.

Then there’s the extra natural light that will flow into the room, something that can make all the difference to a small space – the simple choice of bifolding doors can easily create a wonderfully airy environment.

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A flexible and practical door solution…

Of course, some people will always argue that sliding doors are better because of the large expanse of glazing in relation to the frame. Yes, they do have the advantage of creating an unbroken view of the outside, but that’s about it – and it’s a limited view. Sliding doors will only open to less than half of the overall width and they simply do not offer the same versatility as bifolding doors. If you can form two sides of an extension with fully opening bifolding doors, then the frames become a small compromise.

The beauty of bifolding doors is that you can pretty much choose what you want according to the available space. They are generally designed so that there is one main traffic door opening outwards, with all doors folding back one way or, with wider door combinations, two hinged doors split centrally which fold back each way, but there are many possible permutations!

Durability isn’t an issue. Exterior bifolding doors are manufactured to high quality standards and must comply with regulations for insulation, safety and security and weather ratings so you can be assured that leaks and draughts won’t be an issue. Dorking Glass install the ‘Schuco’ profile, acknowledged within the industry as being one of the highest quality aluminium bifolding door systems available. Each door leaf can be manufactured up to 1200mm wide and 3000mm tall, which is just not possible with other systems.

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The perfect option no matter what colour you are after!

There are also plenty of colours to choose from – the doors can be powder-coated to any standard RAL colour, so whatever the style of your room there will be a set of bifolding doors to suit.

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If you’re planning home improvements or an extension to your property and would like to find out more about how bifolding doors might work for you, contact Dorking Glass and we’ll be happy to discuss the options with you.

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published: October 22, 2013

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