Style & Design
Bringing the outside in allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the immediate surroundings of your home and floods living areas with natural daylight. This concept applies to both closed and opened doors. With this in mind, minimal sight lines and large glazed areas are key to achieving the desired effects.
While French, bi-fold and lift and slide doors will all improve your indoor / outdoor connection, the sliding doors quite simply have the higher glass to frame ratio and so come out on top in this respect.
One of the greatest advantages of installing a bi-fold door is the fact that, when it is fully open, the wall between your living space and garden becomes almost entirely clear.
French doors that fold back on themselves completely also have the ability to create this opening - but on a smaller scale. The open space created by a lift and slide door is approximately 65-70% of its total size. When comparing like for like in this context, bi-fold doors provide a real wow factor and allow for fluid indoor / outdoor living.
Bi-fold doors require slightly more space when they are open, as they fold back against themselves concertina-style. Again, these can be fabricated to open inwards or outwards, which provides a degree of flexibility as to where the leaves stack. Our lift and slide doors on the other hand do not project either in or out: they slide sideways to the end of the frame, so the sashes take up relatively less space than the other two options when the door is open.
If you are working with a smaller room and opening, then our composite French doors are a great option. They can open inwards or outwards and, if specified, have the ability to fold back 180 degrees.