In this post MPS explain the difference between Bi-folding and Sliding Doors and how both can be a benefit to your home renovations or newbuild, allowing you to make a more informed decision.
What’s the difference?
Bifold doors fold back against themselves, concertina-style. Typically, more than two panels are connected by hinges and run along a track within the door frame. Sliding doors tend to be made of two or more large panes of glass which slide sideways to the end of a frame. Due to the bi-fold opening up the aperture to create a seamless transition between indoors and out, the doors will require space for the panels to be stacked to one side or both sides, either indoors or outdoors. Sliding doors will always remain within the track, taking up less room but not allowing you to open up the complete space.
Above is an example of a four section bi-fold door. The existing patio has plenty of room to accommodate the door leaves when open, transforming the space with a seamless transition between indoors and out.
Above is an example of two six-section sliding aluminium doors. Two sections sliding in to the third either side, giving a large open space without the intrusion inside or outside the property.
We offer many, many various colour and finish options to suit your home. Weather it’s subtlety or statement, we are sure to have what you’re looking for. For aluminium bi-folding and sliding doors you have the choice of hundreds of RAL colours as well as textured finishes. uPVC is a little more restricted but still a vast array available from modern shades to traditional woodgrain finishes. All colours are available to view in our showroom.
What materials are available?
We manufacture both bi-folding and sliding doors in aluminium, which is a premium product and now the go-to material for newbuild homes and extensions/conservatories. Homeowners are seeing the benefits from the ultra slim and sleek look that aluminium offers and you only have to look at the samples in our showroom to see why it’s the product of choice. We also offer sliding doors in uPVC, which is a more cost effective option. uPVC is more restricted in both size and colour but still a great option is you’re on a tighter budget. One of the more popular colours in uPVC is Anthracite Grey, giving the modern look of aluminium. Although not as slim and sleek profile as the aluminium alternative, it’s still a great option and one to consider. We do not offer bi-folding doors in uPVC due to the insufficient performance.
How much are they?
uPVC is more cost effective than aluminium and a popular option for replacing an existing door. As with most projects, your sizes and specifications will dictate the overall cost. With various colours, furniture finishes, tinted glass colours, thermal/acoustic glass options, integral blinds and installation type, it’s difficult to give an estimated cost without knowing your exact requirements. We are happy to provide an accurate quotation online through our contact form, or we can arrange to visit your property at a date and time to suit you. We are aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advise as market leaders for 30 years.