Bi-fold Doors Vs. Patio Doors – Which Option Is Better?

If you’re renovating a new property, or perhaps you’re sprucing up your current home to give it a fresh and modern look, then you may find yourself deliberating between bi-folding doors and patio doors.

Essentially, they are two very different products offering a similar thing. However, they each have their own pros and cons that are worth carefully considering before making a final decision, to ensure you end up with beautiful doors leading to your garden or patio area.

Bi-fold doors


Since featuring on television programmes such as Grand Designs, bi-folding doors have become increasingly popular and are now extremely on-trend for modern properties. So let’s take a look at some of their advantages and drawbacks.


  • A modern alternative to the sliding patio door
  • When folded back, they can open up the entire back wall of your house by up to an impressive 90%
  • Brings the outside into your home
  • Can have an “access leaf”, also known as a “traffic door”, at one end of your bi-folding doors. This is a normal door that swings open with a standard handle, so you can quickly get outside without having to fold back the entire bi-folding unit.
  • Transform your property and give it the wow factor!
  • Available in a range of colours and finishes (wood, aluminium, UPVC)


  • More expensive than patio doors
  • In the UK, your doors will probably remain closed for the majority of the year due to the bad weather, so it’s worth considering how often you will get the chance to open them up completely.

Patio doors

Now we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of bi-folding doors, let’s do the same for the more traditional patio doors.


  • Provide you with a room with a view
  • Maximum glass for an unobstructed view – there is more clear glass to look out of than the bi-folding door which is interrupted by the framework.
  • Modern sliding patio doors are light and easy to manoeuvre
  • Glass panels up to 2.5m wide, making for great panoramic views!
  • With sliding patio doors, you lose no space inside your room
  • Available in a range of colours and finishes (wood, aluminium, UPVC)


  • Some people consider patio doors old fashioned, associating them with the 1980s.
  • Not easy to nip in and out of the room with sliding patio doors.
  • Not always the option for flush floor levels – bringing the inside floor level up to the height of the top of the sill – so there is a higher risk of tripping.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference, so think about how you intend to use the room and what role the doors will play in that. This will hopefully help you make your mind up as to how important it is to have uninterrupted views, slim lines or maximum light entering the room. Then you should be able to make the right decision and choose the perfect doors for you and your home!

For patio doors and bi-folding doors made to the highest quality, please get in touch with G&L Windows. We can provide doors that fit your specification and budget. Simply call us today for more information or for a no obligation quote.