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Should bifolding doors open in or out?

If you are thinking about having new bifolding doors in your home, one of the things you will need to consider is whether your bifolding doors should open in or out.

Our frameless slide and fold doors are designed to offer you far more options than conventional doors. We know that every home is different in its style and design, the number of doors leading to the outside and how you use it. Frameless slide and fold doors are therefore an excellent way to open up your living spaces when you need to while letting in far more light than conventional aluminium doors and give you a fantastic open aspect to the outside.

Should bifolding doors open in or out? Some Tips and Advice.

should bifolding doors open in or out? tips and advice

To help you decide between an opening in or opening out door, there are a number of considerations.

  • Where will you fit your new slide and fold doors?

Whether your doors open in or out can depend on where you fit them and what the function of the room is. For example, if your new slide and fold doors are in your dining room, your furniture may determine whether there is enough space inside for them to open inwards.

  • How often will you use your new folding doors?

Some properties only have one door leading out into their garden. Many homeowners use the rear door to let pets out, take the rubbish or your washing out or for access to the side path of the house. If you use your rear doors frequently, we recommend a door set with a traffic door and a door that opens outwards as you will find this more convenient in daily use.

Another benefit of an opening out door is that should it be raining heavily outside and you need to open the door, the wet door will drip water to the outside, not inside your house.

  • How big is your outside space?

We frequently fit our frameless slide and fold doors opening outwards onto large gardens. If you are not restricted by the size of your patio, decking area or garden, opening out doors are ideal.

If you have a smaller garden, and the inside space allows, consider opening in doors. You may find the opening in folding doors better for not encroaching on a small patio area, garden or balcony. If you have young children that often play in the garden, it is worth considering whether doors folded outwards will get in the way of the available space your kids play in.

Finally, if your doors open straight out onto a pathway, opening in doors may be the better solution for not blocking the path.

Frameless slide and fold doors with flexible opening options.

Our doors are designed so you can choose whether they open in or out. We have also designed doors for clients where the lead door opens in, and the remaining panels slide and fold out. That is the flexibility of our design that does not restrict your options in the way that conventional bifolding doors can.

If you would like more information about our doors and to see how they have been installed in many different types of homes, contact us today.

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What our customers say

Excellent experience all round

Frameless glass curtains seemed to be the only company who could create what we needed and provided us with an incredibly professional service with great attention to detail. The doors and window we have had fitted have exceeded our expectations. We are really pleased with every aspect of the experience. I can highly recommend this

Kate Brintworth
Kate

STUNNING!

FGC patio doors have replaced Georgian windows overlooking my garden, bringing the outdoors into my upper ground living room all year round. Opening out onto a balcony with steps down to the garden, they’ve transformed the whole flat. Elegant and easy to use, they also let in loads more light and keep out far more

Tessa Evelegh
Tessa

Small maintenance issue

We had a small issue with the opening door, we contacted FGC and they arranged for a team to come. They sorted the issue very quickly then cleaned the runners and door seals, fully tested the operation of the doors and carried an additional mod on the door handle. All done and dusted with an

Keith Delderfield
Keith and Di

Superb service combined with outstanding designed product

In my view, the hallmark of something well designed is simplicity combined with good looks… FGC offer this in spades. Having looked at literally hundreds of bi-folding doors, we were struck by how straightforward the FGC product is – and, as far as it is possible to eliminate the frame except around the exterior of

Michael Roghani-Brown
Mike R-B

Frameless Glass are one of the most impressive companies I have ever come across

This company have a product which to my mind is “second to none”. Their glass doors really let you feel you are outside as they have the tiniest of joins…I used to know the exact cm measurement! I was initially worried though about what would happen on follow up problems as their main office is

Fiona Robinson
Fiona

Perfect product

These frameless glass walls have made a huge difference to our comfort at home. They are installed between our living rooms and conservatory. When open, they allow heat into the living area on a sunny day (reducing our heating bill) and when shut, they keep the cold and noise out. They are also much better

Heather Glasgow
Heather

first class team from start to finish

We are extremely pleased with out beautiful doors & windows on our newly built front porch.
The whole team front start to finish were so very very helpful and we could not believe how quickly they were made & fitted for us.
The staff in the office could not be more helpful &

treena ribbens
treena

Great product and business

What a great product and great company. Smooth process, professional services from surveyor to installation team, and everyone in betweeen. I could not recommend them high enough.
Early days, but so far delighted.

Nigel Taylor
Nigel

Recent maintenance visit

FGC came to carry out some minor maintenance and as always they were very efficient and friendly. During this period of social distancing, they were well prepared and able to do the work safely and professionally.

David Paterson
David

Grand Designs!

We are both delighted with the FGC product and have no issues with any future viewings. From our perspective the “outside has truly come inside”, we use the decking on a daily basis as the FGC curtains have transformed the house which I think adds a significant value to the property. The only trouble now

A big thank you

Hi Sara Just to day a big thank you for relating the doors the guys did a great job I had to leave them to it as I was in London Regards Melissa

Mellissa

Delighted

The frameless doors we had fitted are exactly what we had hoped for, they look amazing and bring the outside in and inside out !The service from the company was exceptional at all times.

Lorraine Hucker
Lorraine

Published on July 9, 2017

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