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How to choose between bifold doors or sliding doors

When creating a glazed extension in your home, no project would be complete without a set of stunning aluminium glazed doors.

In most modern home renovation, refurbishment or new build projects, the choice is between bifold doors or sliding doors.

The 2 door styles are favoured for the impressive way they let in a huge amount of light and the phenomenal way they open up homes.

Choosing between the 2 widespan aluminium doors can often be a tough decision, as they each have incredible features that would improve your living space.

To help you add the perfect glazed feature to your home, we’ve put together a guide to help you see the benefits of both bifold and sliding doors, detailing which option works best for what.

Why choose bifold doors?

bifold doors from discover air

Bifold doors have multiple panels of glass which, when opened, fold away to reveal an entirely clear space.

They work using a concertina style opening which reveals a clear connection to the outdoors, free from any frames or posts.

Bifold doors can either fold internally or externally, to the right-hand side or left-hand side. You can choose whichever configuration that would most suit your property and maximise your space.

There’s a reason aïr 800 doors are called the Rolls Royce® of bifold doors. They’re available in the most impressive sizes.

For a standout feature, you can choose up to 10 panels, each of which can be a maximum of 3 metres tall and 1.2 metres wide, leaving you with a potential open space that spans across 12 metres!

This gives you a wide-open space that seamlessly connects your indoors and outdoors and wows guests.

So not to interrupt the view, frame sightlines on aïr bifold doors are as slim as 108mm. This, coupled with the clear opening, entices the whole family to make the most of the garden and to truly experience outdoor living.

Why choose sliding doors?

sliding doors discover air

Sliding doors work by gliding to the side, with the glass panels sliding behind one another.

Each glass pane in a sliding door feature is wider than the panes in bifold doors, maximising light and views thanks to minimal frames that don’t obstruct the view.

aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors are the perfect choice to frame the view.

Choose as many as 6 panes using a monorail or triple track system to create a stunning wall of glass.

Specially designed to create captivating views and let in boundless light, aïr lift & slide doors are available with each panel up to 2.7 metres high and 2.5 metres wide. This means your glazed wall can be as wide as 15 metres!

The light can gloriously illuminate through your living space and you can enjoy your outdoor views all day long, all year round – even when the doors are shut – thanks to the wide expanses of glass.

This is helped even more by the sleek aluminium frames which have been expertly engineered to be just 48mm.

aïr lift & slide doors set the perfect backdrop to family mealtimes and catchups with friends.

Opening aïr lift & slide doors is as easy as 1, 2, 3, as the doors use aïrglide technology to effortlessly glide the glass panes, that weigh up to 300kg, open with just 2 fingers.

The core differences between aïr bifold and lift & slide doors

  • Bifold doors fold away entirely to reveal completely open spaces
  • Lift and slide door panels slide behind each other
  • Bifold doors have up to 10 panes
  • Lift & slide doors have up to 6 wider glass panels

Both bifold and sliding doors have high standards for security and energy efficiency

energy efficient bifold doors

When installing widespan glazed doors, you want to be sure that the safety of your home isn’t compromised.

Security is covered with aïr bifold and lift & slide doors as they are both PAS 24 and Secured by Design certified, meaning that they offer innovative locking features.

Both bifold and lift & slide doors offer low U-Values for optimum energy efficiency, and their strong, durable aluminium frames have been engineered and fully tested to withstand the great British weather.

Once you’ve chosen between bifold or sliding doors, you can design your feature to suit your home

coloured lift & slide doors

Aluminium doors are available in any RAL colour so you can design your widespan door feature to best complement your project.

With aïr doors, you can choose from a selection of extra special paint finishes, including aïrcoat, the durable, textured, dirt-resistant paint.

Let your nearest aïr Accredited Retailer help you to choose the best widespan door option for you

choose between bifold or sliding doors

If you’d like further assistance choosing between bifold or sliding doors, get in touch with your local aïr Accredited Retailer.

We’ve handpicked a selection of installers, with state-of-the-art showrooms and impeccable product knowledge, to supply the aïr range of the most impressive bifold and lift & slide doors.

You can visit your local aïr Accredited Retailer or contact them by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can speak directly to aïr HQ.

For inspiration and to see our bifold and lift & slide doors installed in some incredible projects, take a look at our Instagram and Facebook page.

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