The open and shut case for bi-folds

Homeowners are increasingly looking for glazed extensions, light-filled rooms and the additional space needed for versatile living. Steve Bromberg of Express Bi-folding Doors discusses why aluminium glazing products are the answer for opening up conservatory build plans


roviding that it’s in keeping with the style of the build, installing a conservatory or orangery can

dramatically improve the layout of a home – and add value. Conservatories can incorporate a choice of glazing fixtures, including roof lanterns, a fully glazed roof, and be framed with either bi-folding or sliding doors.

From a dining room to a sun room, the possibilities are endless. Adding another room in the form of a conservatory or orangery can add up to 10 per cent onto the value of a property, as well as creating a versatile living space.

Aluminium bi-folding doors are a strong choice to incorporate as part of a conservatory or orangery. They’re renowned for their durability and functionality and even small or simple conservatories can benefit from bi-folding doors, completely transforming their appeal and increasing light and perceived space.


Aluminium is one of the most durable options for conservatory glazing. It’s worth checking the products you choose have Secured By Design accreditation, which means they have been rigorously tested to comply with police standards against break-ins.

One of the most eco-friendly metals, thermally broken aluminium is also incredibly durable, lightweight and versatile. Aluminium can also be powder coated in a choice of over 200 RAL colours to achieve the effect of timber or other materials, meaning you gain the benefits of a resilient, eco-friendly material but without the maintenance problems of natural materials like wood.

WHY CHOOSE BI-FOLDING OR SLIDING DOORS? There are many benefits to using bi-

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folding or sliding doors on a conservatory, as opposed to more traditional choices like French doors. For starters, bi-folding doors open up to 90 per cent of the aperture they’re in, completely transforming how a conservatory is used during the warmer months. Recent advances in door design have also led to some options having frame sightlines of less than 40 mm, creating near-panoramic views between the indoors and out. In terms of sliding options, lift and slide mechanisms are heavy-duty yet effortless to operate, as the door glides on lifted ball bearings. Some designs can also drop down into the track, so it locks in any open position – ideal for family gatherings.


First consider the amount of space you have to work with. If the space you have

Aluminium bi-folding doors are renowned for their durability as well as functionality

is less than four metres wide, then bi-folds might be the best option. With spaces of this size, bi-folds look much more impressive than sliding doors when open, creating a real wow- factor and transforming the space 29

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