Our customers come to us for many reasons. Perhaps they’re building their own property or are embarking on a long-overdue renovation. In either case, they come to us full of excitement, not only because doors and windows are exciting (we think so anyway), but generally they’re approaching the end of their project.

It’s a bit of a milestone moment when the windows go in. Generally, this is when you can consider a room or a building watertight. The sense of achievement is tremendous – you’re on the final stretch and your home feels safe and secure. The weight lifted is immeasurable and it’s time to start taking on the final stages of your project such as plastering, rendering or second fix electrics.

Let’s pause here for a moment and consider quality of life for a moment. During a build or a renovation, or even just a window change, things can get pretty stressful. This often depends on the size of your project and how much it’s turned your life upside down. Projects can be stressful on you and your family, but it’s important to remember why you’re doing this in the first place – you’re making your house your home.

Quality of life can be momentarily disturbed doing projects large and small, but on the other side of the glass, quality of life can be vastly improved with bifold doors, windows and rooflights. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why.

A dramatic increase in natural light

Bifold doors, by design, are intended to span a great deal further across an exterior wall than a traditional window or window and door set would. This opens up your room to an incredible amount of light. Brighter spaces improve quality of life, with several studies showing that a lack of light can negatively affect health. Light is vital for visual performance and safety and also plays a key role in regulating our physiological functions too.

Hassle and maintenance free

You could be forgiven for thinking that bifold doors are complicated. Whilst there are some pretty impressive parts that allow them to open fully, their overall construction is very simple, and that’s thanks to the versatility of aluminium. A bifold door requires no maintenance and is incredibly durable and long-lasting. All you really need to do is keep the glass clean!

Increased airflow 

Air circulation in the home is important, not only for us as the occupants, but also for the house itself. Airflow is a key component to reducing damp and moisture in the home. Moisture is introduced into the home via condensation where warm air and cold air meet. This could be on an external wall or even a floor with a cavity beneath it. Airflow helps houses to keep humidity down, reducing the risk of harmful airborne spores. That said, bifold doors aren’t a replacement for damp issues, and if you do have major damp problems in your home, this should be addressed immediately and separately.

Great for socialising

When families spend their time indoors and outdoors, they can feel somewhat detached. Again, by nature, a bifold door is installed in place of what was once either a wall, a smaller window, or a small window and door. By opening up social spaces in homes, particularly at the intersection of indoor and outdoor spaces, families and friends can socialise more easily, which is great for anything from a birthday to a summer barbecue.

Increased security and peace of mind

Locking mechanisms on bifold doors are remarkably clever, particularly when compared to traditional mortice locks on an old back door. This additional security brings peace of mind when it comes to keeping your home secure.

Design longevity

As sustainability becomes increasingly important when it comes to building, we understand that many of our customers are also thinking about the planet when they make decisions around the home. Bifold doors are not only incredibly sustainable thanks to the materials used (check out our recent blog on why aluminium is the perfect partner for bifold doors), but they’re also timeless when it comes to design.

Many of our residential customers are removing outdated or badly performing windows to replace with bifolds, but are reassured by their modern, low-profile styling, which means it doesn’t run the risk of looking past its time in just a few years. In fact, many of our manufacturers put a 20 year guarantee on their products, and we’re certain that in 2042, bifold doors and windows will still look fantastic.

So whether you’re in the early stages of project planning, or you’re excitedly waiting for your doors to be delivered to site, rest assured that the payoff is huge – bifold doors really do improve quality of life and make for a better home.