Most of us know the story of Pompeii, the Italian town that was buried in ash and perfectly preserved, after the explosion of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. What many people are unaware of, is that when it was uncovered, it revealed a piece a household feature that is growing in popularity today, the bifold, or folding doors. They were it seems quite popular with the Romans, who disliked the standard single leaf door.While the Romans did not have access to the materials we have available today, they clearly understood the benefits sliding, fold away doors had, and the benefits they enjoyed two thousand years ago are as true today as they were back then.
How the Bifold Door Works
The Bifold door, may be incorrectly named as it generally contains more than two panels. Bifold doors are a type of door, made of several sections or panels, which fold back and slide to provide a large opening, even across the width of the entire room.They can be used internally to create a sub divide, effectively allowing the creation of two rooms, or one large one. They can also be used as an exterior door, which can be slid back to form an aperture, significantly larger than standard front or back doors, which can really open a room up, or allow for multiple persons to travel in and out at the same time, making them excellent for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues. Aside from the physical aspect, pulling the doors all the way back, opens up the space visually, allowing outside light to really illuminate the room.
Benefits of the Bifold Door
The Bifold door has many advantages over the traditional door, which may explain why they are becoming increasingly popular. They are very low maintenance, offer excellent contemporary looks and come in a range of materials, so the options for the right look, for property both new and old is always available. They are slimmer and less conspicuous than the standard sliding patio door, which when fully opened allow much better levels of light to enter. They are very strong, so provide excellent security, are waterproof and provide very good thermal efficiency. Their ability to slide and stack means that when fully retracted allow maximum access and are becoming quite popular in commercial properties too.
A Door for Every property
With Bifold doors still popular after a couple of thousand years, it shows functionality will always remain fashionable, and designs are available that are perfect for every home whether new or old. Timber bifold french doors are elegant in any property, though the range of options are endless and not just in material choice. Doors can open to the right or left, from the centre and are able to fold both directions, so you are able to choose the configuration that creates the right environment and atmosphere for your home or business. Regardless of the nature of your home Bifold doors can bring looks and functionality, while offering stylish looks to match your décor.
A quick Internet search will find companies in your area that provide Bifold doors. Pricing is quite competitive, but the best company to work with is going to be the one who doesn’t want to sell you something “off the rack”, but who will sit down to discuss your home and its aesthetics, to individually design something perfect for your home.