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What’s the Best Kind of Patio Door?

18 June 2022

During the summer, our gardens are in use far more than during the winter. By extension, we use our back doors a lot more, whether we have them swung wide open to let the air in or we just like to look out of them at the cool morning air and the sunrise that is bouncing off the colours of the lovely flowers we have in bloom. We’re in the height of summer now, so you’ve probably found yourself interacting with your patio door more often than you have for the rest of the year. When you’re doing so, it might be time to ask yourself, is this installation as good as it could be? Maybe you moved into your current home relatively recently, and this is the first time you’ve really spent a lot of time noticing the condition of your patio door. Maybe you’ve had the same patio door for years and are noticing that it’s time for an upgrade? Whatever the reason, you’ve never had more choices available for the perfect back door! 

However, the one drawback of having so much choice is how overwhelming it can be. Those who haven’t been patio door shopping in recent years may feel a bit out of the loop and will go for something familiar rather than something that can really improve their home! Luckily, here at Dempsey Dyer, we’re experts on everything patio doors, so here’s our rundown of the variety of options available to you and our summation on which is going to be best for you!

Sliding Doors

An all-time classic and probably the most common variety of patio doors, the sliding door exploded in popularity due to its ability to provide exceptional, uninterrupted views of the garden. Doubling up as large windows and doors, these installations provide a fantastic way of connecting the outdoors with the inside of your home. Our sliding doors come in three materials: timber, uPVC and aluminium. No matter which material you choose, you are guaranteed an exceptionally performing patio door and wonderful views of your garden.

The main drawback of a sliding door is that it doesn’t retract fully and therefore always takes up space even when open. This is counteracted by the fact that when shut, the sliding door provides, by far, the most comprehensive views of the outside. So even though you can’t open it so far that it totally removes that section of the wall, your view is completely uncompromised when it’s closed.

Bifold Doors

If you’re looking for the absolute maximum opening potential, then the modern bifold door will be for you! Bifold doors fold into each other through individual panels and are opened either from the centre or the side. Through this folding mechanism, otherwise known as concertina, these doors provide:

  • The largest opening.
  • Practically removing a section of the wall from play.
  • Allowing you to open your home to the outside world truly.

Your patio and your interior will become one when these doors are fully open. When you don’t want to have them open, one panel will be designed to operate independently of the others, allowing you to use a regular door for your patio entranceway, saving you the hassle of unfolding doors when you want to get in and out quickly and easily. 

The main drawback of the bifold door is that it is only really best when combined with large wall space to get the concertina design’s full effect. Furthermore, when not open, the panels are very much individually separated and thus, do not provide the uninterrupted views that one can achieve with sliding doors. As a result, the bifold door is perfect for homeowners looking to open up their homes during the summer to the outside.

French Doors

For the homeowner who doesn’t have the space available to take advantage of a bifolding door, then the old reliable french door is going to be the way to go. A staple of home design for as long as we can remember, the patio door and french door are almost synonymous. Many homeowners often confuse the term patio doors and french doors, and understandably so! The french door is the simplest option of the three, but that is in no way a bad thing. The french door gives the home a great and easy-to-use exit that provides good views into the back garden and can be placed in a small space along a wall, allowing for maximum thermal retention throughout the winter. The french door can also be opened like a bifold door, allowing for huge airflow throughout the home. 

The french door also requires the least amount of maintenance among the three options due to its small size in comparison. The french door is perfect for the homeowner looking for a simple option or for the homeowner that wants to maximise their wall space and isn’t particularly interested in all-encompassing views of their garden.

Patio Doors from Dempsey Dyer

Hopefully, we’ve been able better to understand the various patio door options available to you if you’re looking to make that new addition to your home. No matter your choice, you’ll get the absolute best in modern performance when you choose Dempsey Dyer for your home improvements! If you’re interested, you can get a free quote from us today using our online pricing tool!


Installers and other businesses can only work effectively if they have a reliable trade supply service – offering the highest performing products. Luckily, here at Dempsey Dyer we only supply the latest options from market leaders. This guarantees quality, performance and durability – regardless of the product choice.

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