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The trend for opening up your home to the outside and making a seamless flow from living area to the garden is one that is here to stay. Innovations in the style of doors available over the last 10 years have made this possible with high performance bifold and sliding doors becoming the norm.
One of the most frequently asked questions by potential customers is ‘should I choose bifold doors or sliding doors – which is better?’. The short answer to that question is that both are equally desirable in a property, but the choice is entirely personal.
Kloeber advise customers to go through the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of each choice to ensure that you have explored all the available options and made the right decision for your property.
Kloeber's bifolding and sliding doors come in a range of materials and colours and really add the wow factor to your property. They bespoke make all their doors to order using the best quality profiles, ironmongery and glass.
As a general rule, bifold and sliding doors doors are available in a choice of aluminium or three types of engineered timber – pine, hardwood or Oak. Sliding doors usually have the added choice of composite.
To enable yourself to make the right choice you need to consider how you’re going to use the room as well as the external space beyond the doors. Here are some of the questions you should be posing to yourself:
- Is there another exit door near the bifolds/sliders or will this be a main point of entry and exit to the garden?
- A bifold with one master door leaf that can be used independently may be more suitable for a frequently used door. How wide is the aperture? If it’s smaller you may want to be able to open up the whole space with bifolds. Bifold doors offer a 90% opening when folded back. If you have a larger opening, say 5 metres +, you may only need to open up part of the space therefore a slider may be more suitable.
- If the doors are going to be shut most of the time do you need the functionality of a folding door? and would you rather have the bigger expanses of glass that a sliding door could provide giving you an unbroken view of your environment.