Bi-Folding doors are a popular way to transform a room into a lighter space; providing wonderful views of the outside and allowing you to open up the room during summer. However, they do come with some drawbacks; as with any large area of glazing they can cause heat build-up during the summer, and allow heat to escape a room during the winter, which is why many people ask can you get blinds for bi-fold doors As they want to find a way of keeping the light atmosphere while increasing insulation and reducing glare.
Another key aspect to consider during this time of year is privacy. This is because, depending on the amount of folding doors you have; it can be like an entire wall of your house is one giant window. With the darker evenings, this means a dramatic reduction in privacy throughout the night.
Finding The Right Blinds For Bi-Folding Doors
Getting the right blinds for bi-fold doors can be tricky, as there are a lot of variations in the type of doors that are available:
- The number of doors
- The material the frame is made out of
- The depth of the beading
- Whether the doors fold internally or externally.
All these variation can affect what blind will work best. In some cases, the only option may be free-hanging blinds fitted above the doors. While a valid option, fitting blinds this way does mean the blinds will have to sit further away from the doors, creating gaps on either side which will allow heat to escape and people to see in. However, this is sometimes a preferable option for customers, as it means we do not have to drill into their folding doors but instead the area above them.
Recessed Fitted Blinds
The ideal option is to have a blind recessed fitted into each panel of the door. This gives maximum flexibility as to how you shade your room, all while not getting in the way of the operation of the doors. Thanks to our experience in making and fitting conservatory blinds, we can recess fit blinds right next to the glass using either Solar Design™ or Duette® fabrics, so there are minimal gaps around the edges of the blinds.
This means that as soon as it gets dark you can extend your blinds and enjoy the room in total privacy well into the night. Plus, the blinds have been designed to retract away neatly, so your view is not obstructed during the day. Our recessed fitted folding door blinds are also great a controlling temperatures and reducing glare – this means customers can use their room all year round!
In the recent months, we have seen an increase of customers purchasing both the free-hanging blinds for above the doors and the individual recessed blinds. This is because, this combination offers extra privacy and temperature control, as well as providing customers with two options which can be used in all seasons. For example, if you wanted to open your doors for fresh air but still wanted to block out the annoying glare in the summer; then this would be possible. Likewise, in the winter months you can extend both the individual recessed blinds and free hanging blind to help keep the heat in.
If you are looking for the ideal blinds for your folding doors, get in contact with a member of our sales team and see for yourself just how different our blinds really are.