During the warmer months, bi-fold doors are perfect for entertaining. One of the biggest benefits is that they help remove the barrier between the garden and indoors, creating more open space. For larger properties, bi-fold doors can provide you with a completely unrestricted opening, something you cannot achieve with other external doors.
In the winter months they allow you to look out onto your garden from the warmth of your home.
Bi-fold doors can behave as a wall of glass, allowing maximum sunlight to enter the room through the glass panels. For smaller spaces with few windows, bi-fold doors can transform the room, allowing a large amount of light inside and creating the illusion of the room being more spacious.
Flexibility and practicality
By folding and stacking neatly to one or both sides when open, bi-fold doors are often more practical than sliding doors.
Bi-fold doors provide greater flexibility than French doors, allowing you to open the doors as much, or as little, as you like. If required, you can also choose to include an access door providing you with quick, easy access by allowing one section of the door to open independently.
Timber doors often have a longer lifespan than other materials. Timber is also very energy efficient due to it being a naturally insulating material. This helps protect your home from the cold weather during the winter months.
Assuming the timber is from a sustainable source, it will be also be more environmentally friendly than other materials. Wood used from sustainable forests means that trees are planted to replace any that are cut down. Look out for FSC, or equivalent accreditations, to check that the timber is from a sustainable source.
Installing a timber bi-fold door
When installing a new bi-fold door, there are a range of different timber, glass, ironmongery and finish options that you can choose from.
Accoya is a popular timber choice due to its high stability and being very durable. Different types of glass can offer different benefits. As bi-fold doors are likely to have glass lower than 1.5m from the floor, they will require safety glass which is designed to reduce the risk of accident.
If you are replacing an existing bi-fold door you may wish to replicate your current door. A specialist bespoke timber door company should be able to help you achieve this.