With the popularity of garden rooms, modern conservatories and orangeries going through the roof since lockdown, we’re often asked which is better for outside living, bifold doors or sliding doors? Of course, this all depends on what you value most; ranging from existing interior design and budget to insulation and security.

To help you make your mind up, let’s take a closer look at each door style along with a couple of frequently asked questions on the subject.

Bifold doors vs sliding patio doors for outside living

  • Bifold doors: Perfect for open plan living

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Neatly stacking to one side, innovative bifold doors can provide a 90% unobstructed opening to seamlessly unite your home and garden as one continuous, flowing space. Smaller homes and gardens also benefit as the full opening creates the illusion of more space. Another pro of bifold systems for seamless outside integration is they have a much slimmer track compared to sliding doors. Available with 2 to 7 panels, our versatile range of bi-folding doors come with a variety of customisations.

  • Sliding doors: Perfect for smaller spaces with far reaching views

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Although bifold doors are perfect for both small and large homes in the Midlands, sliding patio doors don’t require the space needed to stack the bifold panels. Larger glazed areas up to 3 metres wide provide uninterrupted views and a greater sense of space. If you’re going for a sleek, contemporary look, another crucial point to bear in mind is that sliding doors feature notably thinner frames than bifold doors. Installed with 2 to 6 panes (depending on the material), you can choose from an array of bespoke configurations, colours, and designs with sliding doors from Wolverhampton Glass.

Do bifold doors cost more than sliding doors?

Standard sized bifold and sliding door systems tend to be similarly priced. Very wide sliding doors often cost more than ample bifold door systems as single large glazed units are generally more expensive.

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Are bifold doors more secure than sliding doors?

A common misconception is that sliding doors are less secure than bifold doors, however this isn’t the case at all. Thanks to advancements in door security technology, the age-old issue of old sliding doors being lifted off their tracks is a distant memory now. Our bifold and sliding door products are equally matched in the security stakes, both fitted with advanced locking mechanisms as standard, including the latest multi-point locking systems and toughened glazing for complete peace of mind.

Discover the best outside living space ideas with Wolverhampton Glass

Get a quote, contact our team of experts, or visit our Kingswinford showroom to get a real feel for the quality of our beautiful bifold and sliding door products whilst getting your home improvement queries answered once and for all.

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