When you want to bring the outside in, you have three options:
French, sliding, or bi-fold doors.
How you choose will depend on the type of home you have, the features you want, and of course, your budget.
Now, if you've decided on bi-fold doors, it's important that you don't get overwhelmed by the choices out there. The best bi-fold doors aren't always the most expensive or those made from a certain material or a specific size or colour.
They're the ones that offer the best value for money and fits the look and feel of your home in a seamless manner. To help you choose the right bi-fold doors for your needs, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Understand the Pros and Cons of Different Door Materials
Bi-fold doors can be aluminium, timber, or uPVC. Aluminium bi-fold doors are stronger than timber or uPVC. They're ideal if you want thinner frames, which means you get more glass and better views.
Timber bi-folds, specially engineered timbered are great for a home that has a more traditional design. One problem with timber doors though is how they're prone to warping. This happens when the wood is exposed to plenty of moisture or sunlight.
Last, would be uPVC doors, which are cheaper than aluminium or timber, but are just as susceptible to warping. If you want an option that's easy to maintain though, uPVC doors are it. You only need to clean them once a year with warm soapy water.
Consider Thermal Efficiency for the Best Bi-Fold Doors
What makes bi-fold patio doors thermally efficient? Some people think it's all about the glass. But you can't discount the frames.
They also contribute to how good the doors are at insulating. Check the U-value of both the framework and the glass when talking to a supplier. The rule of thumb is the lower the U-value, the better it is at heat insulation.
Don't Focus Too Much on the Price
We know it's hard not to think too much about costs if you're keeping to a budget. But make sure there are savings to enjoy with your choice.
Think about the lifespan of the doors you will choose before you decide on anything. Initial costs may be more than what you expected. But if they last a long time, then they're well worth the investment.
Pick the Right Company to Install Your Doors
You want someone who offers a performance guarantee on all their products. And you want a company who provides superb after sales service.
If you don't know where to start looking, check out showrooms and see how the staff interacts with customers. Do a little digging and browse through each company's website. Look for testimonials, as well so you'll know about other customers' experiences with that particular company.
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