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The decision between whether to choose bi-fold doors or sliding doors can sometimes be very tricky. They’re both beautiful door types that bring the outside in, they both provide ambiences of natural light, and they’re both an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home. So, which option is best for you?

Let’s talk you through some of the main differences between these types of doors.

What are bi-fold doors?

If access is more important then bi-fold doors are for you, as they open the whole space and are better for creating a level threshold between the outdoor and indoor space, whilst allowing wheelchair users ease of access.

anthracite grey bifold doors

Constructed using the very latest technology for maximum security and thermal insulation properties, aluminium bi-fold doors are made up of a minimum of two door leaves and a maximum of ten door leaves, which, when opened, fold back against themselves in a concertina style. Regardless of how many door leaves you have, you can guarantee beautiful bi-folds will add a feeling of space and natural light into any room.

Bi-fold doors from Stormclad can be manufactured at a height of up to 3 metres tall and 1.2 wide per leaf, depending on the space available.

We understand that the safety and security of our loved ones is key, which is why bi-fold doors from Stormclad come complete with a unique and advanced eight-point multi-point locking system. Combined with toughened glass, a glass that is up to 5x stronger than normal glass, and heavy-duty hardware, you can rest easy knowing that your East Midlands property is protected.

Available in over 150+ RAL colours, from Anthracite Grey to Jet Black, you have the chance to match your bi-fold doors to your home’s décor and even your windows too!

What are sliding doors?

If it’s all about the view, then a sliding door may be the best option for you. In comparison to bi-folding doors, sliding doors open by sliding the panels from one side of the room to the other with each of the panes sitting behind each other on several tracks. This makes them the perfect option where space is limited, such as a balcony, because they don’t require room to manoeuvre inside or out.

bifold doors

Unlike bi-fold doors, you can’t fully open your home with sliding doors as there will always be a fixed panel, meaning the maximum opening will be around 75%. However, because of the larger expanses of glass, when pulled open these sophisticated sliding doors create a lovely seamless gateway to your garden; or if closed, you can take advantage of uninterrupted outdoor views as the view isn’t impaired by any thick frame lines.

Another benefit of sliding doors from Stormclad is that, with A+ rated energy saving properties you could save up to £110 a year on your energy bills – something we know our customers love!

Which option is best for me – bi-fold doors or sliding doors?

We’ve told you about some of the main choices, now it’s decision time! So, why not design your dream door online today? Both styles are suited to any conservatory or orangery, and in any property, but to further enhance the personalisation you can even customised your chosen door with a great selection of colours, glazing options, and even hardware too! Or, if you’re still stuck, give our team of specialists a call on 0115 970 8077 who will be happy to help you decide.

Quality front and back doors in Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester

Our variety of residential entrance doors are available in several styles, from bi-fold doors to French doors and front doors, all of which are available in a number of materials and colours to provide you with endless personalisation possibilities. We’re confident that we can help you – get in touch for a free quotation or contact our team of experts today on 0115 9708077 – let’s create your ideal replacement door today.

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