Bi-fold doors have a way of opening up your spaces and can be used as room dividers. These doors also provide a great and unobstructed view of the outside from inside, which can be very refreshing. They also allow for more natural light to flood into any space, making it warm and cosy.
After making the decision to install bi-fold doors, another equally important decision that you will need to make is regarding the type of glass to use on the doors. To make an informed decision regarding the same, here are some factors that you need to bear in mind when choosing glass for your bi-fold doors.
1. Safety and Security
Your choice of glass will have an impact of how secure your bi-fold doors will be, and particularly with external doors. Using toughened safety glass, also known as tempered glass on your external bi-fold doors will up how secure they are. This type of glass goes through a process of heat treatment that makes it stronger than normal glass and more resistant to shattering.
Any intruder trying to get in through your bi-fold doors will have a hard time because it doesn't shatter easily. For the very reason that it doesn't shatter easily, tempered glass is also a great option for the safety of kids and pets who may hurt themselves walking around pieces of shattered glass. Laminated glass also performs just as well when it comes to being shatter-proof. Using this type will also enhance the safety of your security doors.
2. Thermal Efficiency
Multiple-glazed panes made of low- E glass with an infill of argon are the best option if you are concerned about making your bi-fold doors thermally efficient. This type of glass will reduce how much heat is lost through your bi-fold windows and it won't be long before you can see this reflected in your reduced energy bills.
3. Noise Control
Using the normal glass on your bi-fold doors will cause a lot of noise from outside to find its way inside. However, by choosing multiple-glazed windows, you can greatly check the level of noise and block out most of it to ensure that you enjoy your time inside without being bothered by the noise.
The level of performance you can expect from your bi-fold doors in terms of thermal efficiency, noise control and security will depend on the type of glass you choose to use. If unsure of what to choose, you can always consult a glass specialist.