Modern Australian home design is generally focused around creating an airy, open-plan living space, and a connection between the home's interior and the outdoor living spaces. This type of design is perfect for the Australian lifestyle and provides homeowners with an ideal space for entertaining and leisure activities. If your home was built in the 1970s or 80s, then you may find that the design style is very different in your living room. Living rooms from this era often have a limited amount of small windows and provide no access to outdoor living spaces.

Installing bi-fold doors is a simple way to create a modern and spacious feel to your boxy 70s or 80s living room. If this is an option that you're considering for your home, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding bi-fold doors. 

What are bi-fold doors?

Bi-fold doors are full length, glazed doors which can replace the existing walls and smaller windows of your living room. The doors, as the name suggests, fold open using hinges and sliding tracks, so that you can completely open up your living room to the outdoors. Bi-fold doors can have either timber or aluminium frames, depending on your taste and the style that you want to achieve.

What advantages to bi-fold doors offer?

Bi-fold doors allow you to have the choice between a room that is open to the outdoors, or one that is closed off to the elements when the weather is less than perfect. They provide a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Bi-fold doors also offer a significant increase in the amount of natural light that your home's interior receives.

Are bi-fold doors suitable for all climates?

Bi-fold doors can be a great addition to your home, even if you live in a part of the country that has very cold winters or very hot summers. If you do live in an area with extreme levels of hot or cold weather, then it's worth installing bi-fold doors that are double glazed. The double glazing will act as very effective insulation, reducing the amount of heat that enters your home during hot summers and reducing heat loss during winter.

Can I install bi-fold doors myself?

Bi-fold doors are fairly quick and easy to install, but it's a wise idea to have a professional contractor complete the installation for you. You will most likely need to have part of your home's external wall demolished to make room for your new doors, and a contractor will be able to do this safely without compromising the structural integrity of your home.

Installing bi-fold doors is a fantastic way to update the look and feel of your home's living room. If you want more information, or you aren't sure whether bi-fold doors would work in your home, then contact a local contractor who specialises in the installation of bi-fold doors for more advice.