One of the most popular choices of patio doors is our Aluminium Bi-folding doors. There are lots of different systems on the market but how do you know what patio door is right for your project?
When designing your project always take the following into consideration. The maximum width of a Bi-folding panel is 1.2m (1200mm), so to maximise the amount of glass and minimise the amount of frame it is always good to take these measurements into consideration. For example, if you wanted to have a 3-panel Bi-folding door then the maximum size of the aperture should be 3.6m (3600mm). Please bear in mind that some Bi-folding door manufacturers will only make panels to 1m (1000mm) in order to provide you with a guarantee. This is all again depending on what system you would like to use. The standard profile width of a Bi-folding door panel is 70mm. You can achieve smaller sightlines but please bear in mind that the price may increase the slimmer you go. All Bi-folding doors consist of 2 panels that have a hinge in the middle to help them fold. We always believe it is best to have an odd number of panels as this will create the possibility of having a lead door that can be used more in everyday life and will also create more options for configurations.
Whichever Bi-folding door system you choose will create an opening that will allow lots more light and space to your project. Bi-folding doors are available in UPVC, Aluminium and Timber.
Another option for your patio doors is our sliding doors. Again there are lots of different sliding door systems on the market and this option tends to be slightly more expensive than the Bi-fold option. The reason for this is that the glass panels can be a lot larger with sliding doors because there is no hinge for the glass to weigh down on. There really aren't many limitations for sliding doors and the sizes they can go however you do have to take into consideration installation logistics. The maximum size of a pane of glass that can be lifted by 4 men is approximately 2m x 2.5m (take into consideration when designing openings). Anything bigger than this and you would then have to factor lifting equipment into your budget and even the possibility of dispensation for delivery. Frame sizes again are standard 70mm profile, however, slimmer sightlines are available but again the slimmer you decide to go you will notice the price tends to increase. If you have large panels it may be an idea to go for a lift and slide system which essentially has a handle that will lift the panel as it slides in order for less force to be used and a smoother movement. Different systems have different mechanisms and you will find that the options can be overwhelming but as long as you think of how you will use the doors in your everyday life it will help you considerably when making your decision. The sliding panels are made telescopic so each panel can slide behind the other. One of the most important things to know is that the more panels you have sliding, the thicker the track will need to be on the floor. Too many panels would create an unsightly amount of guides and tracks on the floor. As the glass can be bigger on sliders it will always create a lot more light into a room than a Bi-fold door ever could but remember with sliders there will always be a pane of glass blocking the aperture. Sliding doors are available in UPVC, Aluminium and Steel.
All across the country people are upgrading their homes with either of these systems and enjoying the benefits.
Patio Door Options
Bifold doors are the show stopper in any property. Howe owners are updating their homes with Bi-fold doors as they are great way to transform any room.
If you want more glass and less frame then Slimline sliding doors are the way to go. If done correctly, Sliding doors really can offer the wow factor.
French doors are available with add-ons to make sure they can match as close as possible to the units they may be replacing. A popular choice for extensions
Entrance Doors / Front Doors
Entrance doors can come in all different shapes and sizes not to mention the different materials, we have a wide selection to choose from.