Sliding Patio Doors vs Bifold: Everything You Need To Know


Bi-fold doors opening on to a patio, as an option vs sliding patio doors

If you are interested in these terms, then you aren’t looking merely for a door; you are searching for a home item that enables a better view, more natural light, and improved access to your patio, right? 

Since you are reading this, it’s clear that you have decided to replace your existing glass door or install a new one, right? Now, you just have to choose which type of doors are best for your home. 

Your two, and most common options, are:

  1. Sliding doors. These doors offer two or more large panes of glass that slide on a track behind each other. 
  1. Bi-fold doors. These doors have multiple panels which, when folded back, fully open up the room. They are also called folding glass doors or glass walls. 

Below, we compare the pros and cons of each of these doors.

What’s The Difference?

Sliding doors opening onto a patio as an option vs bi-fold doors.

One key difference is that sliding doors, when fully open, stack next to each other and block at least part of the opening, while bifold door panels fold to one side and are fully openable, creating one space between your patio and garden. 

Sliding doors offer greater control, and they shut and open very easily as opposed to folding doors which require more technique to operate. 

Bifold doors will cost more as they have a more complex operation mechanism and are considered higher end. 

The Verdict

Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice and budget. Bifold doors will cost more but they are also more impressive. If you have a decision in mind and need help finding the best brand for your new doors, leave us a message and we will reach out shortly and help you weigh in the pros and cons of each brand.