You want to open your home to the garden with a piece of bespoke glazing that’s stylish yet flexible enough to meet practical needs. So how do you choose between sliding patio doors or high quality bifolding doors?
It depends upon what kind of access you want, says Reynaers at Home Head Hugh Moss. “A simple but key consideration is garden access. Aluminium bifold doors can be installed with double doors or a single traffic door, allowing you to nip quickly in and out of the garden.”
Bifolding doors also offer the flexibility to install doors that open inwards or outwards to suit the space they are in, the surrounding home and furnishings or other design features. Most people choose to have the doors opening outwards so that when they are wet from the rain, they don’t drip inside the room.
Hugh Moss adds: “Sliding patio doors offer greater control, allowing you to vary the opening more easily. Open them an inch for a fresh light breeze, a couple of feet to pop outside, or open them all the way to let the outside in.”
Reynaers at Home offers both bifold and sliding patio doors up to three metres in height and its new ultra slim-framed Hi-Finity door can even stretch to 3.5m in height. Hugh Moss says: “As bi-fold’s are made from several glazed door leaves, a certain amount of their aluminium frame will be on show. Sliding patio doors however are different in that they can support vast panes of glass to offer unobstructed views.”
Adaptability is a key advantage of sliding doors, but bi-fold openings offer the luxury of being able to fold back the whole wall. Bi-folds concertina to reveal an aperture of around 90% of the space in which they sit. The leaves fold back against a single wall or split and stack on both sides, helping to create that seamless transition between home and garden.
Hugh Moss says: “For something truly breath-taking Reynaers at Home can supply sliding patio doors on adjacent walls that meet at a right angle. As the door doesn’t need a corner post, views can remain unobstructed when the doors are open and the ceiling over the corner appears to float.”
Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website www.reynaersathome.co.uk
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