Are you looking for a new door? If so, there are a few different options to consider! Bifold doors and French doors are both great choices if you want more space than what a standard door can provide. Patio doors are a good option for anyone who wants easy access to the outdoors whilst maintaining lots of glass and light into their room. Bi-fold doors, patio doors and French doors are all types of doors. Each of these three options will allow you to open up your house to the outdoors.

Throughout this blog we will discuss what you will need to know about bifold doors, French doors and patio doors:

What are bifold doors

The Bi-fold doors have large panels of glass that fold into one another then stored to one side of the opening. They can be installed in almost any type of home with a wide range of opening options.

What Are the Benefits of Bi-Fold Doors?

Bi-fold doors are a great option for people who want flexibility in their entrance to their garden. They can be installed on a wall that has an existing door, or they can be installed over an open space. Because they have multiple panels, they’re also very energy efficient. They’re available in many different colours and opening configurations. One of the main advantage a bifold door has over its rivals is the maximum opening it can installed into. Both the Patio door and the French door have their limitations on how wide they can be installed.

Another advantage is the thin sightlines that due to the robust aluminum structure, compared to uPVC.

What are the disadvantages of bi-folding doors

The main disadvantage of an aluminum bi-folding door is the cost. Aluminum is not cheap. The wider the opening then the more panels that are required. However, if you can afford these beautiful doors then there is no comparison.

What are French doors

The term “French” refers to their origin as a popular style in France during the 18th century. The name has also been applied to similar styles of windows too.

French doors are made up of two panel of glass doors that open usually outwards. With one glass door opening to the left and the other to the right providing a full opening when both doors are opened. They’re usually installed on an exterior wall. When opened they provide a large opening normally around 1800mm.

What are the advantages of French doors

French doors allow good ventilation when opened. With the ability to open either just one door or both. Trickle vents are usually installed to these French doors which allows air to flow even when the doors are closed.

When it comes to French doors compared to a Patio then the French doors show a bit of class. These stunning doors offer elegance, charm and sophistication to your home.

Due to only having two glass doors they are very energy efficient. The A-rated glass will help reduce not just the outside noise but retain the heat in your home too!

What are the disadvantages of French Doors

There must be enough room outside the door allow both doors to fully open outwards.

What are Patio doors

Patio doors are very different to bi-fold and French doors as the doors do not open inwards or outwards. Instead, they have a moving door that will glide sideways while the other glass panel is fixed.

Advantages of a Patio Door

The large opening of patio doors allows natural light to fill your home, which can help improve the overall appearance of your home and make it feel more spacious.

They’re less expensive than other options and can be installed into large openings. They allow more light into your home than any other type of door due to having only two door frames. Additional frames block out more natural sunlight. They’re easy to clean since they’re made out of glass with either a uPVC or aluminum frame.

Disadvantages of a Patio door

Only one door actually slides allowing only half an opening to walk through. Patio doors look much better in larger openings but when it comes to a smaller opening then a French door is much more practical.


Depending on your needs, a bi-fold door, patio door or French door can be the perfect choice for your home.

The biggest difference between these three types of doors is how they open. Bi-fold doors and French doors open inwards and outwards, while patio doors slide to the left or right.

Bi-fold doors are great for larger spaces because they offer more versatility than other types of doors. Depending on the opening you can add multiple panels to suit your space.

Patio doors are typically made from glass panels with uPVC or aluminum frames. In large stylish properties an aluminum Patio door can sometimes look more elegant than regular bi-fold doors.

If you want to create an inviting atmosphere inside your home then all types of doors could be ideal depending on your taste, style of home and not forgetting your budget. Each door depending on the size, colour and material (aluminum or uPVC) has a price.

If you would like a hand to choose the right style door for your home and budget then contact Peterborough Doors today.