Lift & Slide Door Or Bifold Door: Which Is A Better Fit For Your Home

Lift & Slide Door Or Bifold Door: Which Is A Better Fit For Your Home

03 December 2020

Lift & Slide Door Or Bi-fold Door: Which Is A Better Fit For Your Home?

The Lift and Slide door and Bi-Fold door are two of the most popular doors on the market today in Ireland. Both are known for their ability to connect indoor-outdoor living while maximising natural light. Although they are both great, choosing the right one for your home is a significant decision both stylistically and practically, as they will become part of the wow factor design in your home. To ensure you choose the best door for your home, follow along with this blog to find out which door is a better fit for you.

What Are Bi-fold Doors?

Bi-fold doors are made up of several open panels that connect neatly together. They can also have a door at one end that can be used to go in and out without having to fold the panels. They can open inwards or outwards; this is a personal preference. However, the majority choose outwards to maximise space inside.

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What Are Lift and Slide Doors?

Lift and Slide doors can consist of 2, 3 or 4 individual panels of which at least one slides back and forth. They use a handle to open and close the door. When the handle is turned 180°, the door lifts off the ground onto the rollers. This reduces the weight of the door, making the heaviest of doors easy to open and close. The door can be easily locked back into place by turning the handle back to its original position.

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Lift and Slide Doors Vs Bi-Fold Doors

Pros Of Lift & Slide Doors

  • Large expansive glass with no interruptions in sightlines
  • Optimal for homes with limited space
  • Less moving parts compared to Bi-Fold doors so will require less maintenance
  • Better energy & airtightness performance compared with Bi-Fold doors

Cons Of Lift & Slide Doors

  • Don’t open up fully across the opening
  • No option for traffic door

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Pros Of Bi-Fold Doors

  • Opens up fully creating a beautiful open space
  • You can use just one door for everyday use (traffic door)
  • Can offer a more traditional look

Cons Of Bi-Fold Doors

  • Don’t open up fully across the opening
  • View is impaired with multiple frames
  • More moving parts involved which could require greater maintenance in the long term
  • Less energy & airtightness performance compared to sliding doors

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Which Is A Better Fit For Your Home?

At the end of the day, it is a matter of personal preference and your current needs. If you want a reduced frame, maximise glass size and have strict thermal value requirements, then Lift and Slide doors are for you. If you desire to fully open your door to create that seamless transition from outside to inside, Bi-fold doors are the more appropriate choice.

Are you still having trouble choosing the right door for your home?

Get in contact with us today and speak with someone from our sales team for further advice.

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