Aluminium Bifold Doors
The main advantage of a bifold door is that it saves floor space compared to a traditional swing door.
A bifold door uses much less swing space while still providing similar levels of opening. They are popularly used in areas with space constraints such as bathroom, kitchen and other small rooms.
Bifold doors are made up of a pair of doors divided into 2 parts and attached by hinges. The doors run along a track installed on the floor, which allows the door to slide open or close as force is applied on the knob or handle.
Bifold doors can also come with a top-hung configuration. Here, door panels will slide along the top track. The main advantage of this type is the lack of a bottom track, which allows wheelchair bound occupants to roll across without obstruction. However, these doors are more costly.
Typically, aluminium would be used for the frame, while glass or acrylic for the infill panel. Aluminium is a popular option because it resists scratch and is lightweight and durable. Bifold doors do not require extensive servicing or maintenance.
Sliding and Folding Door Gates
Sliding doors are fixtures consisting of two or more panels fixed onto a unit. Sliding doors with glass infill provide excellent visual access to the exterior or between rooms, and is a good way to allow natural light into the room. As the single fixture uses the sliding mechanism, there will be less space constraints during opening or closing.
A typical sliding door fixture will consist of a bottom track to allow movement of the door panels along the track. In some cases, top hung tracks can also be used. However, it is not recommended if glass panels are used due to its weight.
For kitchen and bathroom entrances, one popular sliding door application is the acrylic panel sliding door. Typically also installed on sink cabinets, they are lightweight and provides ease of enclosure and use.
For areas with large entrances, such as patios and halls, glass sliding doors with a minimum of two panels are usually used. The glass allows the room to be brighter and more open to the outside.
The variety of glass of a sliding door allows for customisation to match your specific needs – whether you choose to admit more or less light in based on the privacy requirements.
Glass doors usually come in swing or hinged mechanism with a large glass panel on an aluminium, wooden or PVC frame. Swing glass doors can be installed to swing both ways if required.
The main advantage of glass doors is the ability to let natural light enter in to the room; thus it is most commonly used in tight spaces which lack natural light. However, they require room to open or close so they would require extra space for that.
For residential properties, a typical glass door would be aluminium framed with frosted or clear glass panel installed.