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A quick rundown on sliding systems, bi-fold doors and windows

A glazing solution from ODC glass

You’re all set to choose your new glazing solution, but where do you start? What are the merits of a sliding door versus a bi-folding door and can you get windows to match? Decisions, decisions…

Here’s our overview of different options and why you might choose one over another. Ultimately, your choice will be influenced by a combination of lifestyle and looks plus quality and budget.

To slide or to fold?

Aluminium sliding doors are currently a very popular option for our customers. They are self-contained, requiring no additional space when open. They also offer large panel sizes to give a great view of the outdoor area beyond.

Depending on how many panels you decide on (typically 2-3), you will be able to open half to two-thirds of the width of your sliding system to give access to the garden.

Bi-folding door panels are generally narrower than their sliding counterparts, so there will usually be more of them across an opening. They are popular among customers who want to open up the full width of the wall to the outside, effectively integrating the two spaces.

You need to allow room for these types of doors to concertina open and closed – you can choose whether they fold outwards or inwards. ODC bi-folding doors are available in a number of material options: timber, aluminium or composite (aluminium outside and timber inside).

Contemporary or classic

Once you’ve decided between sliding or bi-folding doors, there is a choice of different styles to ponder.

ODC300 is our best-selling aluminium sliding system. It’s a more classic-looking door than some, with relatively substantial frames and suits a variety of house designs. There are many configuration options and panel sizes available and it’s also available quickly in our standard colours of black, white any anthracite grey. Take a look at our case studies and gallery to see its versatility.

For people who prefer a very slim frame, the SL320 or Cero are both good choices. SL320 is suitable for most properties and can replace your existing patio doors with minimal fuss. It is also stocked and manufactured at our Poole factory.

Triple glazing

Cero panels can be triple glazed and are available in exceptionally large sizes of up to 6m high x 4m wide. They are often chosen for contemporary properties and new extensions and can be recessed into the surrounding wall and ceiling with a level threshold, too.

In our folding doors range, the new ODC121 is proving to be an all-round winner. Each panel can be up to 1200mm wide and 3m high, opening inwards or outwards. The relatively slim frames allow in a substantial amount of light and this model offers a particularly high degree of security.

Efficient wintergardens and windows

We recommend Highline for outdoor structures as it’s an extremely thermally efficient bi-folding door which matches the wintergarden frame size for consistency of line. As with all our aluminium systems, Highline is available in any RAL colour.

As manufacturers, we can make your ODC75 windows to virtually any size and a variety of shapes and opening possibilities. Made using sleek aluminium frames in any colour, they are highly insulated and efficient.

These are just some of our options, but of course, there are many more to choose from. We are happy to help you decide your perfect glazing solution either in one of our showrooms or at a local exhibition. Please contact us to find out more.