These two types of doors are best known for their space efficiency. They also have a similar requirement in terms of space, so it is no surprise why a lot of people find it tricky to choose between the two. Despite being similar in a lot of ways, some function features in a sliding and folding door may work for a certain property owner.
Before going through the details, let us take a look at the common advantages that you will get from shifting to a bi-fold or sliding door. Apart from saving space, both doors also allow natural light in the property, while also providing a good view of the outdoors. Folding and sliding doors are equally ideal for those who maintain a landscape outside of their houses, to fully maximise the view.
Now, when it comes to function, a major consideration would have to be on the people who will constantly be using your entry points. According to design experts would go folding doors in the household with children and elderly because the glass panes are smaller, which somehow makes the door lighter to open and close.
Here are more verdict on the doors, depending on your priority and current set-up.
- Outdoor view
Interestingly, there is no single winner for this one. The sliding door is best if you want to enjoy your landscape view from the outside with the least obstruction possible even when the door is closed. However, for those who want a seamless and full view with the door open, the folding door is the best option. The decision in terms of the view will now largely depend on the kind of weather you are living with. For tropical countries that require more ventilation, having the doors fully open to enjoy the view at the same time should not be much of a problem.
- Energy Efficiency
Since sliding doors are made of more and bigger glass panes, they are also guaranteed to be more thermal efficient that folding door. The additional frames and profile used to build the folding door reduce its capacity to provide the same efficiency as the sliding door. However, with the most recent technologies and designs, both doors are now primarily designed to be weather-proof. Savings in terms of energy consumption will most likely be not as significant compared to other types of doors.
- Space Efficiency
Sliding door wins in providing more space even in the most modest-sized house. Due to its configuration, it basically just consumes the space of the rack where it is installed. The frames and panels that hold it together are also very subtle. Folding door, on the hand, will require additional space whether from the inside or outside to accommodate its full fold-movement. This is usually not a problem for those who have sufficient space particularly from outside the house.
- Cost Efficiency
From materials to installation expenses, folding doors are generally cheaper. This is because of the lesser glass required as well the high availability of the materials used to build it. There is also a lot of savings from not needing a similar roller track required to make the sliding door work.
Choosing between sliding and folding door will now therefore greatly rely on the available space in your house, and partly on the budget available. You can talk to your door contractor about the many options you can have in terms of design and functionality that also perfectly fits the budget.