A Beginner’s Guide to Bifolds

How do bifold doors work?
Bifold doors have fast become a firm favourite with UK homeowners. They allow you to bring masses of light into a room, while giving you unprecedented access to the outdoors. As the bifold door has evolved, it’s become more versatile and strong, so you can have bifolds in practically any home.
If you’re new to bifolds, here’s everything you need to know.

How a bifold door works

A bifolding door consists of a series of large, glass panes. The panes are connected so that they form a concertina arrangement when open or closed. The doors slide along on a runner, and are very easy to open and close.
Bifold doors benefit from multi-point locks, and can be manufactured in uPVC, timber or aluminium. You can choose from a range of neutrals and wood tones, or go choose from hundreds of RAL colours for the frames.
Doors can also be made with a flush or low threshold, where the bottom rail is low to the ground, or sunken completely into it. This option may not be available in some buildings.

Why go for bifolds?

Bifold doors are a great way to introduce large expanses of glass into a building. Whether you have a single-storey extension, or you’re simply opening up the back of the house, all that extra light can transform the feel of your home.
In most cases, you can choose where the bifolds will split, so you can have doors that open in the middle or on one side. You can split the doors after one pane, and benefit from a single traffic door on one side. You also have the freedom to choose whether the doors stack inside or out.
We tend to associate bifolds with large, open spaces, but even in a small house, they work well. They open up a room, and help to elongate your garden by creating a continuous space that continues through the home.

Blending in

You don’t have to have an ultra-modern home to choose bifold doors. In many cases, bifolds have been added to listed buildings because they make it obvious that the extension is not original. This combination of classic looks and contemporary glazing is an extremely popular way to modernise a home.
If you prefer your bifolds to blend in with the rest of the house, simply choose white uPVC frames. They’re a little wider than aluminium frames, but they are a very economical option that doesn’t look out of place with the rest of the house.

Getting creative

Bifold doors can be used to span straight spaces or corners, and can even create a clear opening on two sides of a room. At Your Price Bifolds, we can create a range of configurations, including bifolds that fit a bay opening.
To explore your options and get some bifold door prices, get in touch with our team. Even if you’re not sure what you need, we’ll guide you through the process, from the order to the final installation.

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