Many of us are looking to create open, light filled spaces which allow us to enjoy the best of inside and outdoor living. Large doors help us to achieve this goal but how do you know what style of door to choose? We take a look at two of the most popular styles of large doors and discuss what each system is about.
Bi-folds consist of several folding door panels which either fold up in both directions similar to a concertina or fold either to the left or the right. You can use just one panel as an entry/exit door without having to open up the entire system. A large open space can be created with bi-fold doors since they can open the room by up to 90% which also gives the illusion that your home is far larger than it actually is.
On the downside Bi-fold doors are generally considered quite expensive and are fairly limited when it comes to screening options. Since the majority of bi-fold doors are hung from the top this creates a weight issue which means that a structural support will be needed to withstand the weight. If you’re a home renovator, then this may not be a cost effective solution. In order to open and close bi-fold doors you have to unlock the next section to gain access and vice versa when it comes to closing the door. If you don’t unlock or lock the mechanism in its correct position then you can cause misalignment of the locking pin, leading to snapping the handle.
Sliding Stacking Doors
These types of doors consist of two panels which slide behind one fixed panel, and in the event of multiple panels then the same thing occurs. Each panel collects and interlocks with the next so as to slide. Also with stacking doors, the door and flyscreen are available as one solid and secure fixture which is also child-proof. Considered more cost effective in terms of construction and installation, stacking doors can be hidden into a cavity recess in the wall and are easy to open and close simply by sliding a panel which then collects the next panel and so forth.
On the downside stacking doors give you a smaller opening than bi-fold doors but on the plus side they don’t require any structural horizontal support. In addition this type of door does require a fixed track on the floor.
If you’re uncertain as to which type of door to choose then why not give Down Under Screens a call. We can advise you of your best options and supply a free measure and quote. Contact us today on 07 3807 3355or complete the form on our website at www.downunderscreens.com.au.