When choosing the right doors for your home, there are a lot of choices to be made.
Beyond the aesthetic design, the material, and the colour, there are fundamental differences between how doors are fitted and used that need to be considered before you start investing any money.
Here, we’re going to look at some of the varieties on offer and which might work best for you.
The most common variety of door for the interior of the home, glass panel doors come in a large variety of designs for homeowners, immediately offering more options to better fit your aesthetic.
With a simple, elegant appearance, they’re a popular and easily-fitted choice with few mechanical demands compared to some of the other options available. They’re highly energy efficient and well-built for guarding the home against air leaks. They don’t swell due to moisture, are resistant to termites and other pests, and won’t peel, rust, or corrode.
However, the glass panel in many doors does represent a security risk, being more easily broken than other reinforced designs. If you want true privacy in the home, then the might need curtains to be installed alongside them.
French doors most commonly refer to a pair of doors, often used on the exterior but sometimes as a partition, comprising two individual units that open outward from one another.
They are lightly constructed and have glass panels that extend for most of their length. For homes that see a lot of sun, they’re a fantastic way of opening up the home to the outdoors and invite plenty of natural light inside.
They have a broad aesthetic appeal as well, meaning they could increase the value of the home by improving curb appeal. However, compared to some of the other counterparts mentioned below, they require more space on either side of the doors to install as you have to factor the space necessary to open both panels fully.
Compared to solid panel doors, they are a little more expensive as well. Finally, they are highly energy efficient.
Sliding doors and bi-fold doors are drastically different to panel and French doors, but the differences between the two might not be so immediately obvious.
Both of them tend to use more horizontal space and open up horizontally. This gives them the advantage of allowing you to create a contemporary open design that lets in a lot more light and blurs the distinction between the outdoors and indoors.
Sliding doors are made of thicker panes of glass that slide in over one-another. That sliding means that they tend to take up much less space, for one, since when they’re open, the panels are simply stored parallel to the panels beside them.
However, they do have some disadvantages. For one, they only have one locking point compared to the multiple locking points of bi-folding doors, meaning they’re slightly less secure. If you have a bay opening, the need for space to slide to the side could mean that sliding doors are less likely to fit in the bay area, as well.
Also known as folding sliding doors, the major difference between sliding and bi-fold doors is how they open.
Whilst sliding doors directly slide to the side, other panels, bi-fold doors slide open but the individual panels fold together and stack up against the walls. The immediately noticeable advantage is the need for less horizontal space while being able to open up the home just as comprehensively.
This means that, unlike sliding doors, they work well with awkwardly shaped bay areas. They can open inwards or outwards as per your needs, too. But they aren’t without faults.
For one, mechanically complex as they are in comparison, they are going to cost more. That complexity also means that they tend to require a little more maintenance so joint folds don’t seize, and they continue to slide open and closed with ease. They also require that the area of 90 degrees on either side be kept clear so they space to stack and can often encroach on your living space.
As shown above, each different type and style of door offers its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Think of the space you need a door for, its needs, and which kind best fits them. Take a look at the broad range available at Grovewood of Essex or get in touch and we can help you find that fit.