With a few glimpses of sunny spring days teasing us all lately amid this rainy weather, we’re reminded of our hot Perth summer just around the corner. Complete with backyard BBQs, gatherings of family and friends, summer holidays at home with the kids and the much-anticipated festive season, summer is that time we all make our way outside to celebrate the outdoors.
That’s why, when it comes to designing our back areas, it’s really important to consider ways we can create that indoor outdoor flow to make the most of summer and open up our back areas. Bifold doors are a great way to create this flow, bringing the outdoors in and sending the indoors out. We’ll take a look at the benefits of bifold doors, bifold door material options and other avenues that may be suitable if bifold doors aren’t right for you. But first…
What are bifold doors?
Bifold doors are multiple door panels (usually glass) connected together that stack up in an accordion/concertina way to one side of the frame. They don’t take up much space at all and come with a host of other benefits.
Benefits of bi fold doors
Aside from the fact that bifold doors not only look great thanks to their minimal visual obstruction, bifold doors come with a host of other benefits in that they:
· Open up your space – whether it’s the living area to the backyard, the kitchen to the alfresco area or a bedroom to a private patio, both spaces instantly become connected when the doors are opened.
· Allow abundant natural light to fill your living area.
· Increase air flow more than a standard single door, and let the sea breeze in to cool the house down in summer.
· Improve visibility to the back yard so you can keep an eye on the kids playing or enjoy the views of your landscaping.
· Brings the outdoors in – By creating a seamless flow between the living space and the outdoors, it can feel like you’re sitting out in the yard when you’re actually chilling out on the couch.
Aluminium bifold doors or timber bifold doors?
Depending on your budget, the style of your home, colour requirements and environmental factors, bifold doors can generally be constructed from aluminium or timber. Aluminium bifold doors are highly durable and lower in cost than timber doors, though timber doors lend that warmer aesthetic particularly to older-style homes. It’s best to discuss with your bifold door installer the best decision for your home.
Bifold doors are a great option for anyone wanting to open their living area into the backyard and really bring the outdoors in, especially in summer. Timber and aluminium bifold both have their advantages and can completely transform your space in the most positive way.
Whilst they may not be suitable for everyone (depending on the layout of the home and intended functionality) there are always other options like sliding glass doors or security screens.
Check out our great range of bifold doors and all our other doors available or alternatively contact us for more information – we’d be happy to assist.