Given the bi-fold door has reigned supreme for many years in the residential building sector, New Homes looked into what made this style of door so popular and if there were any alternative options worth considering.
Otherwise known as concertina doors, bi-folds are a style of door that folds in on itself in an accordion-like fashion. Usually used to connect an indoor area with the outdoors, Jason Windows Head of Sales Brett Dwyer said it was easy to see why the bi-fold door was widely referred to as the entertainer’s door of choice in the industry.
Having worked in Western Australia’s aluminium window and door industry for more than 30 years, Mr Dwyer is frequently called upon by local builders and homeowners for his specialist advice and guidance around product selection.
Discussing what made the bi-fold door so appealing, Mr Dwyer said it was most likely because of the way a bi-fold door connected two separate spaces and made them feel like one.
“The bi-fold door is a series of panels that fold along a seam until they stand at one end together,” he said. “Because of its clever design, bi-fold doors can be opened fully or partially, meaning you can determine the level of outdoor atmosphere you want to let into your home.”
With Australia’s inherent love for outdoor living, Mr Dwyer said finding a door that maximised an indoor/outdoor connection was a priority for many people building a new home.
“Bi-fold doors provide versatility, giving your home the feeling of space in a simple and convenient way,” he said.
“The advantage of these doors is their flexibility to be used to open up confined areas and improve the versatility and functionality of your living environment.”
Besides bi-fold doors, Mr Dwyer said stacking, pivot and sliding door designs were worthy alternatives to think about including in a new home build.
“The stacking door, otherwise known as a stacker or a set of sliding stacker doors, are three to six glass panels that slide along an aluminium track to eventually stack in front of one another,” he said.
“The stacking design allows for a much more open space than a regular sliding door, letting in an abundance of natural light and fresh air.”
While stacking doors do not fully open in the same way as the bi-fold design, Mr Dwyer said the stacking style still provided a wide, open space, while maintaining a sleek and contemporary design.
For a more dramatic and sophisticated style, Mr Dwyer said it was hard to go past the pivot door.
“Pivot doors are an excellent option for wider, single-door openings,” he said. “The larger-sized frame allows for a bigger piece of glass to be installed, letting more light into the home and enhancing visibility.”
Unlike traditional doors with hinges, a pivot door quite literally pivots from two pivot points. While pivot doors are increasingly being used in new homes as a modern entrance door, Mr Dwyer said the pivot door did not provide as much ventilation and open space when compared to bi-fold doors.
For a cost-effective way to link indoor and outdoor spaces, Mr Dwyer said sliding doors remained a popular choice.
“It consists of one glass panel that slides across to create an opening,” he said. “Regular sliding doors do not open as much as bi-fold doors or stacking doors, but they are still a sufficient link between the inside of your home and the outdoors.”
When it comes to choosing a particular type of door, Mr Dwyer said it all depended on your needs.
“Think about what is best for your home and outdoor area, and which design would suit your lifestyle,” he said.
“It is important to remember that each door type comes in multiple styles and configurations.”
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