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Sliding or Bi fold Doors

The pros and cons of sliding versus bi fold doors

visual comparison of sliding versus folding doors when closed

Sliding Doors

Pros

  • large glass panes possible
  • Wider overall width available
  • Open and close in line, not protruding
  • More traditional as a replacement
  • Up to two thirds opening
  • Narrow frame widths
  • Works well with curtains and blinds
  • Has less structural demands

Cons

  • Site conditions or location may prevent large panes being installed
  • Wide deep track (particularly on triple runners)
  • Not such a wide opening as bifolding doors
  • Doors less convenient to open and shut frequently

visual comparison of sliding versus bi fold doors when open

Bi fold doors

Pros

  • Useful for smaller doors, less than a 2 metre opening
  • Wider clearer openings possible which improves sociability between the home and the garden
  • Greater choice of configuration options
  • Separate ‘traffic door’ allows the single door to be used as a back door
  • Integral blinds readily available
  • Easy to install on sites with access difficulty
  • Wider opening when fully folded back

Cons

  • More framework, less glass
  • Intrusive when open inwards

In summary the sliding doors offer a larger glass area whilst the bi-folding doors offer a wider opening. The costs for both systems are similar ultimately it comes down to which you prefer. Viva offer you a wide choice.