Are Sliding Doors losing their appeal?

For the past five years, bi-folding doors have grown in popularity, but does that mean the end of the traditional sliding doors in homes across the UK?

Sliding doors were in history always the number one choice for movement between living/dining rooms and the outside. They made for much more natural light to enter the home and helped to create the ease of movement many homeowners take for granted these days. Such is their popularity, for adults under the age of 40, it may well be inconceivable the think of living in a house without sliding doors.

Their demise started in the 1990’s, as French and patio doors grew in popularity. Almost every homeowner looked to add them to their home. Whilst they did a similar job to sliding doors, they had a different charm and they could be personalised for your specific needs. This meant that the front and rear of your home could have a common theme and class status and wealth could be presented through the doors.

Sliding doors had a popularity because you could open up the room just a small amount and allow for fresh air. Patio doors, whilst they had to be either fully open or closed, allowed for more free space if fully open, but had a personalised charm with the option to have just part of the arrangement open for you to move between outside and inside.

However, with the introduction of exterior bi-folding doors since the turn of the millennium, which combine both French doors and sliding door movements, sliding doors are starting to become less popular within the home. They still remain very popular within hotels and abroad.

With government plans to build over 100,000 new homes in the coming five years, it is natural to think that the percentage with bi-folding doors as standard will be quite high in that time too. These homes are planned to feature energy efficient lighting and windows and doors and such is their superiority, these will be a preferred, if not standard, choice.

But why have they been fast-tracked by builders and the public into the lives of many individuals. Well, bi-folding doors allow for larger free space and also take up less space, a win-win situation for both. Because of their demand and as mentioned standard inclusion by some house builders for new properties, more people are getting used to the benefits and perhaps, taking them for granted. The addition of more natural light has significant health benefits and the freedom the doors give between the house and garden create an added dimension that people often forget. Also, their great looks add significant value to the home for resale purposes which when the house market is starting to boom again, is once more extremely beneficial.

If you however still prefer the sliding door arrangement, leading door manufactures will still be able to create superb sliding door arrangements with all the added benefits to fit your home. You should seek professional advice if that is what you are looking for.

Whilst it is not the end of the sliding door, their popularity has diminished in a domestic environment. It may however bee that in the next 20 years their stature rises again and they become the most sought after door type once more.