What are patio doors?

When you’re thinking about making home improvements, you’ll often hear people talking about patio doors. But what are patio doors? And are they right for your home? Read on to find out.

When we talk about patio doors we usually mean two or more glass doors that sit next to each other and open onto your patio or garden. They let lots of light into your home and connect the inside and outside beautifully.

But the term ‘patio doors’ is just the start. Because there are lots of different types of patio doors. The main difference between them is the way they open. In this article we’ll look at two types of patio door. Bifold patio doors and sliding patio doors.

What are bifold patio doors?

Bifold doors are a series of framed glass panes that are connected with a hinge. When you want to open bifold patio doors, the panes fold back on one another.

Bifold patio doors typically have between one and seven panes, so they are great for both small and large openings. The open panels can sit outside your home or inside it.

Bifold patio doors are one of the ultimate modern style statements. Think of them as a glass wall that folds back to connect your home and garden in a way no other patio door system can match.

What are sliding patio doors?

Sliding patio doors are exactly what they sound like. The doors are framed panes of glass that slide across each other to open. Sliding patio doors typically have between one and six panes.

They offer lots of benefits. The way they are constructed means the panes of glass can be bigger than they can be on bifold patio doors. This means fewer frames to interrupt the view when the doors are closed. It’s worth bearing in mind that in the UK climate, doors are more likely to be closed than open, so you’ll get better views more of the time. They also take up less space when they’re open, so if space is an issue, this might be a deciding factor.

What are the right doors for you?

Ultimately, only you can know whether to choose sliding patio doors or bifold patio doors for your home. Whichever you choose, it’s important to do your research carefully. Not all patio doors are the same. Genesis products take the industry’s best materials and with attention to detail and innovative manufacture, make them better.

There are two sliding patio doors and two bifold patio doors in our range. And they’re all perfect examples of the Genesis ethos in action.

The Genesis Patio24 uPVC Patio Doors sliding patio doors are the perfect match for our Genesis Flush Casement Windows and create a beautifully authentic timber appearance.

The Bifold24 uPVC bifold door is ‘A’ rated for energy efficiency, PAS24 enhanced security compliant and can be configured in 19 different ways.

If you prefer aluminium, we offer the Genesis Warmcore Aluminium Bifold Doors and the Genesis Warmcore Aluminium Patio Doors. Our aluminium patio door systems are 25% more thermally efficient than traditional aluminium patio door systems, so you get all the style and much more besides.

All our doors are available in a wealth of colours so you can choose to complement or contrast with your home’s other doors and windows. You can even opt for different colours inside and out so you can create the perfect look for you. And there’s a choice of hardware too for the perfect finishing touch.

If you’d like to find out more about what Genesis patio doors have to offer, simply enter your postcode in the ‘Find local installers’ box above and take it from there.