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To Fold or not to Fold? That is the Question...


Published: 20/06/2017   Last Updated: 02/11/2018 12:47:13   Author: Shelbie Wells    Tags: Bifold Doors, French Doors, Sliding Doors, Rennovation, Homebuilding, Natural Light, Hazelwoods, Sut

To Fold or not to Fold? That is the Question...

Whether starting from scratch or renovating your home, there are many choices of doors to consider. The desire to ‘bring the outside in’ is certainly appealing to those surrounded by nature and landscape views as well as those who want to inject some natural light into small spaces to create that light and airy feel. Hazelwoods has put together some key information for you to consider when choosing doors for your home.

Bi-fold Doors 
Known as folding sliding doors, made up of a set of glass panels. These doors have become increasingly popular over recent years and provide an impressive finish overall. A key advantage of these doors is the whole wall of glass that opens an entire wall and their ability to open left or right, inside or outside and to fold around corners providing unrestricted access. Bi-fold doors more commonly have a step however they can now be made to lie flush within the floor providing level threshold.
Average prices for Bi-fold doors start from around £1,000 without fitting.

Sliding Doors 
Still a popular choice in contemporary homes these doors are usually made up of two or more large glass panels and open and close on a track line, sliding behind each other. A huge benefit of these doors is their narrow and practically invisible frames that allow for a generous amount of natural light to seep into the room. If comparing to bi-fold doors, there are no sections to fold back and so these sliding doors can save on space and appear as visibly cleaner. They can now also be designed to slide away into wall cavities when opening, providing you with ‘pocket doors’!
Average prices for sliding doors start from around £700 without fitting.

French Doors
French doors, known as the more traditional doors now come in a variety of designs and materials so can sit perfectly within contemporary homes. They consist of two outward or inward opening doors and are fitted with panels of glass either side to provide additional glazed areas. Due to their slightly smaller dimensions they can bring less light into a room compared to your bi-fold or sliding doors although adding in sidelights or simply positioning them within a run of glazing will combat this issue. A huge benefit of French doors is the simplicity of opening and closing them providing you with quick access to the garden when you might not necessarily want to open a whole run of glazing.
Average prices for French doors start from around £590 without fitting.