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Bifolds & sliders for renovators

Rebecca Foster explains the key considerations when it comes to specifying the right glazed doors for your home refurbishment project

If you’re carrying out a renovation scheme, then establishing a sun-soaked living space that’s bathed in natural light is likely to feature somewhere near the top of your priority list. While rooflights and large windows offer suitable solutions for some projects, many homeowners choose to incorporate glazed bifolds or sliders to allow natural brightness to flow inside.

These kinds of doors can make a dramatic statement that completely transforms an existing space – as well as providing a connection between house and garden. Each option has its own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to have a strong sense of what your project goals are before making any choices. Your design priorities, how you plan to use the space and structural considerations will all have a big part to play in choosing between bifolds and sliders, too.

Assessing the options

If you’re pondering installing a glazed entrance, the first step is to weigh up the unique benefits the different options can bring to your renovation project. Bifolds comprise multiple glass panels that concertina back to stack against one another, while sliders are formed of wider glazed leafs that glide along a track, sitting in front of one another when they’re opened up.

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!