Patio doors or Bifolds? What really is the difference?

October 28, 2021

At Jack of Glass, we often get many enquiries from customers asking us whether our patio doors or bifolds would be better for their property. We have fitted many of both styles throughout Buckinghamshire. Therefore, to help you become better informed to make the right choice for your property, read on…


gerrards cross bifold doorsWhen it comes to replacing your back doors, both styles let in lots of natural light – making the most of every hour of daylight – and both can be easily fitted into most properties. This also isn’t about a cost difference – aluminium patio doors and aluminium bifolds are of a similar price. Furthermore, there is no need to be concerned about choosing a certain style because it offers more security: bifolds and sliding patio doors both offer a high level of security, being fitted with advanced locking mechanisms as standard. This includes the latest multi-point locking systems and toughened glazing for your total reassurance. Our bifolds and patio doors are equally thermally efficient and have low U values, to both be cost effective options. Both styles offer a quiet operation to make either a great choice for when wanting to enjoy an evening without the concern of waking children or disturbing neighbours.

What the difference predominantly comes down to is how both styles operate and, as such, which better suits your needs.
At Jack of Glass, we are pleased to offer our High Wycombe customers Smart Systems Bifolds. They neatly concertina in a fluid motion to seamlessly help you connect your room to your outdoor space. When fully open, they will give your property the illusion of having much greater space, working for smaller and larger properties alike. Additionally, if you wish to have a master door to work in the same way as a back door, then this can be done for you if you order an odd number of leaves for your bifolds. Our stylish bifolds are made with strength and durability in mind and would be an asset to your home.

Patio doors
aluminium doors gerrards crossOur Smart Systems sliding patio doors are the perfect choice for you to benefit from uninterrupted views of your home’s exterior – whether that’s your garden or one of the many wonderful views that High Wycombe has to offer. Because they don’t have the same concertina as a bifold, they are an ideal choice where space is restricted. Their smooth sliding tracks ensure effortless opening and closing each time. The incredibly thin sightlines of sliding patio doors are the choice for you if you’re looking to bring a sleek, contemporary look to your property, whilst ensuring minimal disruption to the view when you have the door closed. They are a fabulous product.


Areas we serve

Operating out of High Wycombe for 30 years, we know the local area like the back of our hand. We supply and install high quality glass and glazing to homes in Princes Risborough, Chesham, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow and beyond.

If you have a particular way of improving your home in mind and reside anywhere in or around a 20 mile radius, feel free to get in touch with our reliable team. We’ll be in touch swiftly.

K. Piowman-sale

Jack of Glass have done a wonderful job in putting a coloured glass worktop to my dressing table and installing a mirror. Has totally transformed my room. Unbelievable. Take a look at their showroom some really good ideas with glass, fantastic colours.

A. Hunt

Outstanding quality of service, and great at catering to bespoke requests. They are fantastic value for money, and a lovely bunch of boys to boot 🙂

H. Ellams

Great service at Wycombe Museum last Friday. The guys went above and beyond with their glass delivery service. This is the 3rd or 4th time i’ve used them.Just to let you know I shared it on High Wycombe facebook page too.

M. Harber

Incredible transformation. Great service. Amazingly fast replacement of a very big window!! Everything cleared up and great value for money.

M. Shoaib

Purchased 2 green house windows, got the size wrong, went back to get it cut to a smaller size FREE of charge and stayed after closing time until I arrived.

N. Shanta

I highly recommend Jack of Glass! Matt, Chris and their team deliver an outstanding service. I am extremely happy with the job that they did in our flat. It really exceeded all of my expectations and the room looks absolutely beautiful with the floor to ceiling mirrors.

S. Nandha

Great team and with great quality to detail on the finish of my glass splashbacks, also the bi-fold door works a treat for our dream house

Mr. Barlow

I recently needed to replace around ten or so panes of glass in my greenhouse . Very good service very nice guys ,cut and wrapped the glass while i waited and even made an alteration to a pane that i had measured wrongly .Thank you for the help and i will use again.

A. Lovell

We have recently had our front door and windows replaced by Jack of Glass. They were great. The communication was amazing, we knew every step of the way what was happening and they left place spotless. Our new door and windows have completely changed the house. Very happy and would recommend to anyone.

Josh Webb

Jack of glass have recently replaced all my windows efficiently and to a high standard. The price was also very reasonable. The customer service was outstanding along with the services they provide. Highly recommended.

Mr Bennett

I had to replace a small double glazed panel in a window. I though it would be difficult to get anybody interested as it was such a small job. However, Jack of Glass did the work. They visited the house to take the measurements, ordered the replacement glass and fitted it all very efficiently and at a reasonable cost. I will use them again.

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