The pros and cons of sliding doors that you need to know
For the last 10 years, bifold doors have been the choice of consumers but things are changing. There's been a resurgence of sliding doors and for good reason.
Sliding doors or patio doors were small, often no bigger than 2 metres wide. Generally made from chunky, white upvc, you could hardly call them inspirational.
Homeowners want light to flood their homes, and the modern sliding door provides that. Aluminium sliding door panels can be much larger than the biggest bifold panel, up to 6 sq metres, that’s a lot of glass. If it's light and uninterrupted views you want, then sliding doors are worth considering.
The sight lines on sliding doors are now much thinner, usually half the thickness of a bifold door. Bifold door panels butt up to the next panel. Sliding door panels overlap each other, reducing the amount of visible aluminium.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of a sliding door.
Pros - Sliding Doors
- Slimmer sight lines, meaning your view into the garden isn’t as interrupted.
- Provides an illusion of space. If you’re looking to open up your home, then sliding doors could be the perfect answer.
- Take up less space. Sliders remain in line with the frame when open. In comparison, bifold doors are perpendicular to the frame when open.
- Easy to operate. High tech rolling systems mean even the biggest doors glide using one hand.
- Easy maintenance. There is very little that can go wrong with a sliding door, it’s mostly glass.
Cons - Sliding Doors
- Triple track sliders allow you to open 2/3rds of the door, but there will always be at least one panel that can’t open.
- There isn’t the option of having a lead door or traffic door with sliding doors. Some people like to have a door that will swing open if needed.
- The largest sliding doors in exposed areas may need a strengthening bar which can add to the sight lines.