If you’re thinking of installing patio doors in your home then it’s likely that you’ve considered the full range including aluminium bifold doors, timber, and perhaps even UPVC.

Here at Doors and More, we specialise in a range of external doors including traditional French patio doors as well as more contemporary folding sliding doors; and one of our most popular ranges are the aluminium folding sliding doors.

External folding sliding doors are one of our most popular external ranges. They are suitable for every size home from apartments all the way to larger properties. Their sliding and folding movement allows you to maximise the use of your available space, both inside and out; a luxury lost when you install traditionally opening patio doors.

Aluminium bifolds are the strongest and most durable of frames making them the perfect option for external use. Their strength means they can be manufactured into slimmer designs allowing more natural light to flow into your home, and for them to be used in a larger variety of building projects.

Available in a range of sizes, from 1.7m to 4.7m, so even the largest of openings can be fitted with a single set of folding sliding doors for a flawless finish.

Aluminium is durable and long-lasting.

Thermally broken doors prevent heat lost.

Won’t discolour over time.

Hardwood bifold doors emphasise the natural grain of the wood making them a stylish option for your patio entrance. Hardwoods like oak are naturally strong and durable making them secure options for your home.

Available in sizes from 1.7m to 4.7m and a range of colours to suit your tastes.

Hardwoods are a timeless material that will never go out of style.

Hardwoods have a stunning finish.

Durable and long-lasting.

Solid oak doors, like other hardwoods, tend to be more expensive options due to the time they take to produce. However, the natural grain of the wood gives them a stunning appearance making them a very desirable option for homeowners. Solid oak is also a hard-wearing material ensuring longevity.

Available in sizes 1.8m to 4.8m.

Oak is a famously attractive timber, and it’s sure to look the part outside your home.

Little maintenance and easy to clean.

Durable and hard-wearing.

Softwood bifold doors offer the best of both worlds. The natural wood appearance with the reinforced durability from their engineered cores makes them a great option for external use. They are also a lot cheaper than their hardwood counterparts and are resistant to warping which can occur over time when exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Available in sizes 1.8m to 4.8m.

Cost-effective bifold door option.

Resistant to shrinking and swelling when exposed to the elements.

Aesthetic benefits of wooden doors.

UPVC External Folding Sliding Doors

uPVC bifolds are a modern door choice due to their cost-effectiveness and fewer maintenance requirements. Our range offers you a traditional white colour option, a stylish grey selection, as well as a dual colour range which allows you to have a different colour door to the interior and exterior.

Available in sizes 1.7m to 3.5 to suit a range of openings.

Narrow frames to allow maximum natural light.

Dual colour options to suit both interior and exterior.

Easy to clean and tend to.

Folding sliding doors of the sort you see here work by attaching panels together via hinges, in a concertina. When you’d like to open the door, you can simply fold the entire arrangement to one side and step through. Folding doors are much like sliding doors, in that the door is tethered to a track via a series of rolling carriages, helping it to slide smoothly across a single plain of motion. Consequently, you’ll be able to easily manoeuvre the door out of the way – and you’ll be open up the entirety of the doorway, rather than just half of it, as you might with a traditional sliding door.

Our folding, sliding doors come in several different configurations. Your choice will depend on whether you’d like a few larger panels, or many smaller ones. Moreover, you’ll need to decide where you’d like your doors to open from – some might prefer their doors to all be attached to one side, while others might prefer them to open from the center.

The doors you see here come in a variety of different materials and finishes, including hardwoodssoftwoods, and aluminium. Each comes with a finish that’s been chosen carefully to bring out the best qualities of the underlying wood – or, if you’d prefer, you might opt for a more classic white look.

Of course, doors as large as the ones you see offer the potential for thermal inefficiency. After all, a four-meter stretch of glass won’t repel the heat as effectively as a brick wall. That’s where double-glazing technology comes in – by trapping a layer of inert gas, like argon, between sheets of glass, we can achieve excellent efficiency while maintaining that invaluable sense of openness that we all crave. Many of the doors you see here offer u-values as low as 1.3w/m2k, ensuring that your home is kept as warm as it possibly can be – and that you don’t break the bank paying for heating bills.

Investing in a door of this size is a big decision for many households. If you’re at all uncertain about the products you see here, then be sure to get in touch with us – we’ll be happy to clear up any confusion, and offer our advice about which folding sliding patio door would make the best match for your house.

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