Monday 16 December 2019

Survey Shines Light on Bifold Door Benefits

Large glass doors are now a feature of many households. Made popular in the 1970s with the boom in ‘garden patios’, their appeal has continued to grow. 

And newer trends, such as those focusing on creating a connecting ‘space’ between garden and home, have only served to strengthen demand.

But fads and trends cannot solely account for their lasting appeal. A recent survey from bifold door suppliers Vufold sought to identify why expansive bifold doors continue to remain at the heart of many homes.

The research, which asked members of the UK public what they considered to be the biggest benefits of bifold doors, found almost a third cited their ability to allow natural light to enter a home as their greatest feature.

Security, an issue which regular comes high in similar home surveys, did not make the top three — despite the high-quality security features that many bifold doors now offer.

Rick Collins, director at Vufold, said: 
“Most bifold doors are manufactured with a secure multi-point locking system on the access door and shoot bolt on the additional doors. This is far safer than a standard door with only one lock.”
And this is before we even considered the security that many people feel when they have increased visibility of their garden or yard area.

Flooding the home with light

The survey revealed that 30.5% of respondents considered the natural light that can infuse a home through large glass doors the biggest benefit to bifolds.

Rick said:
“When both open and closed, external bifold doors allow sunlight to flood through and brighten up a home. This can make a room appear bigger and illuminate other interior features.”
Allowing natural light into the home also provides a range of health benefits, including a vitamin D boost, improved sleep and an effective measure against seasonal depression. 

Connect the indoors and outdoors

There has also been a growing trend over the last few years of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ which can be done by matching external and internal décor and creating seamless transitions with bifold doors.

Almost a fifth of respondents to the Vufold survey thought the ability to connect the indoors and outdoors was the main benefit of having bifolds. 

Rick added:
“Installing glass doors between a conservatory or kitchen and the outdoor area lets homeowners appreciate outdoor areas even when the temperature drops.”

Open-plan living on demand

Almost one in six people (15.7%) praised the feeling of space that bifold doors can create when quizzed. When used to replace an internal wall, internal bifold doors can fully opened to transform the interior into one, big open-plan space.

Rick said: 
“The doors themselves save space because they stack to one side or fold flat against the wall rather than swing open. Even when shut, clear glass doors make a room appear bigger as they transfer light through. However, bifolds can add privacy as they can separate off two areas at the same time.”

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