Bi-folding doors vs. New Wave doors: the new patio doors


Just when you thought you were beginning to understand the concept of bi-folding doors, suddenly there’s a new technology on the scene: New Wave doors. Both products have caused a lot of debate amongst homeowners so what exactly is the difference between the two?

Essentially, both products operate on the concept of providing flexibility in opening options, but the way they go about doing this is very different. We’ve compiled a handy comparison below for you to decide which type of patio door is for you.

Bi-Folding Doors

Bi-folding doors, also known as sliding folding doors, have become a popular alternative to in-line patio doors due to their high aesthetic features and qualities. With the concept dating back thousands of years to paper screens used in ancient China, recent progression in technology has meant that strong, and relatively affordable, aluminium bi-folding doors are now a possibility.

As the name suggest, Bi-folding doors are designed to come in pairs, but the term is used very loosely to describe a range of set-ups. Many different combinations of doors, with different folding actions can now be manufactured. Popular systems include those where two doors can fold to one side, four doors can be split in the centre and two doors can fold back to opposite sides.

Mounted on a simple track system, bi-folding doors fold up, a lot like the bellows on a concertina, allowing you much more flexibility in deciding how much of your room you open up. You can open as little or as much of the door as required, enabling you to fit the door to your own preferences. In effect, part of the appeal of bi-folding doors is their ability to almost seamlessly merge home and garden environments together, allowing you to bring the outside, inside and vice versa. An incredibly popular product, bi-folding doors are completely revolutionising the way that we think about the borders of spaces.

New Wave Doors

New Wave doors are one of the latest developments in patio door technology. They work by utilising the simple, but amazingly strong power of magnetism.

New Wave door panels are attached to the door frame by incredibly powerful magnetic strips. Each leaf is then able to effortlessly slide along the track for a seamless opening and closing motion. Once slid into place at the end of the track, they can then be swung outwards to stack neatly against the wall.

Aesthetically, all of the fitting parts are concealed within the design. This creates a product that is attractive and at the same time, practical.

Thanks to the high quality design and manufacture, high-quality New Wave doors are incredibly weather-tight and thermally efficient, enabling you to save a lot of money on fuel bills and the cost of heating your home.

The possibilities that New Wave doors hold for installers, and the customer, are very exciting, with the potential to once again change how we think about the boundaries between the home and the garden. Offering you the option of opening as many or as few panels as you would want, in whatever place along the track you would like, this type of patio door has a versatility that a lot of other doors lack. It truly can be customised to suit your needs, easily.

Replacement patio door options

Since your last set of patio doors were installed, there have been many developments in door design and technology. Traditional French doors and sliding patio doors are still around, but now you can also get stunning architectural quality garden doors at everyday prices.

If you’re looking for a replacement patio door in Bristol or the South West, then check out what products we have to offer:

French doors leading to covered patio garden area by Mendip Conservatories

French doors

At Mendip, we offer uPVC and glass double doors, ideal for a medium-sized opening joining a kitchen or conservatory onto the back garden. As well as traditional white, we offer these doors in a range of designs, and modern and classic colours to suit your property’s exterior.
Patio doors leading to garden area by Mendip Conservatories

Sliding patio doors

With large panes of glass, sliding patio doors offer great views to outside. With gas-filled units, double glazing is now more energy efficient than ever, so heat loss is minimised through the doors during the winter months. At Mendip, we can create sliding patio doors with high quality and woodgrain effect uPVC, depending on your tastes.
Bi-folding doors leading to garden area by Mendip Conservatories

Bi-folding doors

You may have seen these doors on programmes such as Grand Designs. Bi-fold doors are a set of glass patio doors that fold up like a concertina to reveal a large open space – twice as big as a traditional glass patio door. They make a great addition to a conservatory, especially in the summer months. You can choose uPVC or aluminium frames in a range of colours.
New Wave uPVC patio doors

New Wave Doors

New Wave Doors are similar in appearance to a bi-fold, but has the added versatility of individually opening panes. This means that you can choose which direction to open the doors, or open as many of few panes as you like. These uPVC doors also don’t need any hinges to operate, for a sleeker appearance.

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