Choosing the perfect glazed door couldn’t be easier
How do you decide between the different types of glazed doors? IDSystems is here to give their expert advice
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Glazed doors, whether bifold, sliding, or slide & turn doors, have proved themselves a huge favourite of home improvers and extenders – and no wonder. By opening up a whole wall, they make it possible to turn the interior and exterior into one sizeable area in moments, giving you easy access between the house and garden. They make sizeable get-togethers of friends and family easy to accommodate, even if the inside or outside spaces on their own would make a big group hard to host.
Glazed doors can be a brilliant solution for large rooms and extensions, and you might even have the opportunity to fit them on more than one wall. A corner configuration, opening up to the garden on two sides of your space, could be achievable.
How to choose the right option for your home
Choosing between glazed door systems for a project can often be one of the trickiest decisions of a build – simply because they form such a visible part of the finished home. The selection is complicated because every single property is different and the priorities of how the doors will be used vary from home to home. Ultimately there is no right and wrong answer; it comes down to whichever system works best for you.
With the widest range of products on the market, IDSystems (opens in new tab) is perfectly positioned to offer impartial advice; they aren’t biased between systems because they can supply award-winning versions of each.
Best for small spaces: Bifold Doors
Bifold doors, also known as folding sliding doors, first appeared commercially in the UK in the late 1990s. As the bifold market has grown, the range of choices has mushroomed too, so that they are available in a number of different materials, each with its own price implications. The current fashion is to go for frameless glass doors, which further enhance the light-gathering potential.
For smaller openings (typically under 3.5m), bifold doors really come into their own. Their ability to completely open up an aperture is a huge draw. With smaller panes of glass and more straightforward installation, bifold doors also typically tend to be a more cost-effective solution for those working on a tighter budget.
Best for making the most of a view: Sliding Doors
For optimum views and the most daylight, pay attention to the dimensions of the framing – the slimmer it is, the more unimpeded the outlook when doors are shut. Wider door leaves will also mean there’s a greater expanse of glass and less framing. With huge panels and incredibly narrow frames, theEDGE2.0 sliding doors are perfect for framing a view out, or for drawing light into your home to create bright, contemporary living spaces. The system is available in an almost infinite range of configurations, including openings up to a massive 24m wide, to meet the requirements of every project, from a period barn conversion to an ultra-modern self-build home.
Best for connecting inside and outside: Slide & Turn Doors
For many tackling a renovation, extension or self-build the choice of glazed door has been between the narrow frames and large glass panes of sliding doors or the ability of bifold doors to create unobstructed openings – but now there is a third option, slide & turn doors including IDSystems’ award-winning vistaline system.
The advantage of folding doors has always been the ability to completely stack the doors open and seamlessly connect the inside of your home with your garden, while the narrow sightlines and large glass panels of sliding doors are perfect for making the most of the view out, or for letting light in, all year around.
For more information about glazed doors, including the multi-award-winning range from IDSystems visit www.idsystems.co.uk (opens in new tab) or to talk to an expert project advisor about your plans, call 01603 408804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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