So, you are interested in installing a patio door but unsure which is best for your home?

If that is the case, it is most likely that you are considering either a French, sliding or bi-fold door – which are all great choices. 

Whilst all three of these patio doors offer a greater flow between inside and outside space, it is important to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of each of these types before deciding. 

In this article, we aim to make the decision that bit easier by taking a closer look at some of the benefits of these three types of patio doors so you can decide which is best for your home. 

Benefits of French doors: 

  1. Security 

It is a common misconception that by installing a French door, you are somewhat compromising the security of your home. Whilst that may have been the case in the past, that is no longer the case when it comes to modern French doors. In fact, these days, they come with some of the most secure locks so you can rest assured that your home is well protected against break-ins. 

  1. Aesthetics 

The stylish design of French doors is one of the main reasons for homeowners choosing this style of door for their homes. French doors add a contemporary look that makes them a stunning addition to any home. 

Benefits of sliding doors: 

  1. Unobstructed views 

As sliding doors are made up of large glass panels, they provide you with unobstructed views of your garden even when shut. So, you can enjoy the views of your outdoor space from the comfort of your home. 

  1. Space-saving

Unlike French doors which require interior space for the doors to swing into, thanks to the way in which sliding doors slide open, they are perfect for smaller homes where space is precious. 

  1. Custom design 

Not only are sliding doors practical but they are also extremely customisable. Available in a range of different styles and configurations, you can design a sliding door to perfectly match the needs of your home. 

Benefits of bi-fold doors:

  1. Maximum natural light 

If you’re looking to draw more natural light into your home then a bi-fold door is a great way to do so. Once opened, a bi-fold door can completely open up an entire wall space allowing for natural light to flood your home – turning a dark room into a sun trap. 

  1. Adds value to your home 

We all like to get the most for our money. A bi-fold door will completely transform the appearance of your home and can actually make it more desirable to potential buyers. This means when it’s time to sell, you can actually get more for the asking price. 

  1. Indoor/outdoor living 

More and more homeowners are looking to create a living space that incorporates the outdoors. A bi-fold door epitomises indoor-outdoor living – drawing the outside world into your home. This means you can feel one with nature without having to step outside of your home – creating a happier living environment. 

Which should you choose? 

Now, you are most likely asking yourself ‘so, which is best?’. Well, this really depends on exactly what you are looking to achieve and your own personal preference. 

For example, as French doors are smaller than both bi-fold and sliding doors, this means that they are much more affordable. So, if you have a tighter budget, then French doors are a cost-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on style. 

On the other hand, if it is views that you’re after then it is a close contest between bi-fold and sliding doors as once opened, bi-fold doors offer unrestricted views but once closed their view is somewhat restricted – unlike a sliding door. In short, both sliding doors are the best all-around choice when it comes to maximising views of the outdoors. 

With that being said, one of the most important things to consider when purchasing new patio doors is to ensure that you choose the right installer to carry out the installation. 

At Riverside Double Glazing, we have made it our mission to provide each of our customers with a service that they can trust – supplying the highest quality products. With over 16 years of experience in the industry, Riverside Double Glazing has become a household name across the whole of Hampshire as double glazing specialists. So, you know when you choose our service, you can rest assured that your home is in safe hands. If you’re interested in installing a French, sliding or bi-fold door in your home but are still unsure which to choose, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.