For a long time, swing out doors and sliding glass doors (along with the occasional dutch door) were the only options available to Canadian homeowners looking to add new patio doors to their home. However, in recent years, folding glass patio doors (also called bifold patio doors) have been receiving a lot of attention from interior designers and homeowners alike.
Available in wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass, folding glass patio doors are comprised of a multichambered, bi-folding frame with prominently featured glass panels. Rather than sliding aside or opening out, the door frame folds in on itself to be pushed flat again the connecting wall. This style is excellent for opening your space up and creating an unencumbered view of the outdoors.
When the doors are closed, the usually floor to ceiling glass panels visually extend the interior space, creating a natural feature wall.
Bifold patio doors are available in Canada from a handful of manufacturers, including well-known brands like Ostaco, Pella, Panoramic™ by Amberwood Doors, and Jeld-Wen.
Bifold patio doors can be customized to perfectly suit the look and size of your home. Most manufacturers offer bifold doors in a number of different configurations and combinations. Common configurations place a set of panels on either side, or on both sides. This makes it possible to push the doors completely to one side or to divide them.
Since these doors are comprised of numerous panels, standard door sizes are not typically available.
Beyond door size, there are several other ways in which folding glass patio doors can be customized. The glass panel can be left unadorned, or you can select from a number of different grille patterns to create the look of individual window panes.
Other Ways to Customize Bifold Patio Doors
- Interior Finish
- Exterior Finish
- Hardware Style
- Hardware Finish
- Glazing and Insulation
A Few of Our Favourite Looks
Folding glass patio doors are definitely not a one-size-fits-all product. The fact that they’re completely customizable has resulted in some incredible interpretations. Here are a few of our favourite looks from across the web.
The Vertical Fold
This is definitely not the typical way you’ll see this style of door. However, that’s what makes it so dynamic. These doors are a true conversation starter!
Bold in Black
The modern, minimalist look of these black doors is incredibly striking.
Clean and Clear
The grille-free style fits in beautifully with the contemporary look of this neutral living room.
Increase Your Comfort
If you love the look of the wide open spaces created by folding patio doors, but hate the idea of inviting every fly, wasp and curious critter into your home, you will be greatly relieved to learn that there are screens available for fit large openings. Companies such as Phantom Screens and Ostaco offer motorized screens that are specially designed to fit large openings. This makes them a perfect way to enjoy bifold patio doors without the risk of uninvited pests.
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