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How your Sussex home will benefit from widespan doors

Now that autumn is well and truly here and the darker nights are drawing in, you could inject some extra light into your home by considering widespan doors as part of a glazed extension or renovation project.

They improve the amount of daylight and fresh air in your house and these are valuable points when it comes to successfully creating a happy and stylish home.

Many property owners in Surrey are choosing widespan doors as part of their stunning glazed extensions and the finished results are picture perfect.

Light and bright, as well as adding fresh air and comfortable temperatures to a room, are just some of the reasons why homeowners are opting for widespan doors. So, what are the choices?

Bifold doors are extremely popular

If you’re planning a new glazed extension in your home, make sure you take time to think about the look you are trying to achieve.

Today, homeowners across Surrey, are choosing to invest in a set of aluminium glazed doors and bifold doors are increasingly popular.

This popular widespan door is a great addition to an extension or renovation project. They create light and space and can really open up an area so you can enjoy spending time with your family.

It is such an exciting time when you start thinking about adding an extension and if you’re craving light and space, bifold doors will almost certainly suit your needs.

Why choose bifold doors?

Bifold doors have multiple panels of glass which, when opened, fold away neatly to showcase your stunning extension and garden area.

Using a concertina style opening, they reveal a wall of glass which subtly connects the outdoors with the indoors.

Free from any posts or frames, bifold doors can either fold internally or externally, to the right-hand side or the left-hand side. You can also choose to have them opening in the middle if that configuration works better for your property and the look you are trying to achieve.

Bifold doors maximise space and that means you’ll have extra room to showcase your special furniture, whether it be a spacious dining table, kitchen island or desk for your new home working area.

We know at Bowalker Doors that the transformation can be truly incredible. They’re a reason aïr 800 doors are called the Rolls Royce® of bifold doors!

Available in the most impressive sizes, these stunning widespan doors can transform a dark and dull room into something really special. You can choose up to 10 panels, each of which can be a maximum of 3 metres tall and 1.2 metres wide – leaving you with an open space that totals 12 metres!

If you’re dreaming of opening up an area to create a seamless connection between your indoors and the outdoors, bifold doors might be an option. So not to interrupt the views, frame sightlines on aïr bifold doors are as slim as 108mm.

Sliding doors are also a great option because you can have bigger pieces of glass and fewer panes. Like bifold doors, they also create open space and will effortlessly lead you from one room to another, or out onto your garden area. They are a truly elegant feature and add style to any home renovation project.

If you’re keen to boost natural light, sliding doors are a good option because they need fewer panes as the glass can go so much bigger. This produces minimal sightlines which effortlessly adds extra space.

So why choose sliding doors?

Our sliding doors work by gliding, which means the glass panels slide behind one another. Each glass panel in a sliding door is wider than the panes in bifold doors – allowing more light to enter the room.

The aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors make a perfect choice if you’re keen to show off your garden and open up the back of your property.

With sliding doors, you can choose as many as 6 panes using a monorail or triple track system. They are available with each panel up to 2.7 metres high and 2.5 metres wide and this means your glazed wall can be as wide as 15 metres!

When rooms need natural light, these sliding doors are absolutely perfect.

The aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors have super sleek aluminium frames which have been precisely designed to be just 48mm.

Opening the aïr lift & slide doors is seamless as they use aïrglide technology to slide the glass panels across.

Energy efficient and secure

Both sliding doors and bifold doors have high standards when it comes to security and energy efficiency.

So whatever design of widespan glazed door you have, the security of your home has been taken extremely seriously.

Security is covered with aïr bifold and lift & slide doors as they are both PAS 24 and Secured by Design certified, meaning that they are police-approved and offer innovative locking features to keep you and your family safe.

Both bifold and lift & slide doors offer low U-Values for optimum energy efficiency, and their strong, durable aluminium frames have been engineered and fully tested to withstand the great British weather. They’ll also save you money on your heating bills.

Ask the experts at Bowalker Doors and we’ll give you a stunning makeover

We’ve been creating stunning transformations across Sussex and Surrey for many years and your property could be next.

We are architectural aluminium glazing experts and work with homeowners, renovators and housebuilders to create dream homes in the south of England.

We are only too happy to sit down and look at your designs and you can upload your plans and specifications securely to us. We can then add our professional input and work with you to bring your bespoke project to life.

You can fill out a contact form online, asking us for more information or take a look at our Facebook page for inspiration.

If you’d like further assistance choosing between bifold or sliding doors, get in touch with us, your local aïr Accredited Retailer.

You can also find out more by visiting our showroom in Hickstead, Haywards Heath, or you can call us on 0800 881 5640.

September 30, 2019

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How to make the most of the sun all year round in your home

It’s almost time to embrace autumn, get ready for winter and start thinking of ways to brighten up your home in time for the arrival of darker nights.

At this time of the year, there’s nothing stopping you from starting a new project and giving your home a stunning end-of-the-end makeover – just in time for Christmas!

If you’re expecting a huge number of guests over Christmas, why not think about opening up rooms and creating a lighter and brighter space before winter sets in.

One important thing to consider when renovating a property or refurbishing a room, is how to make the most of the sun and beam more light into your home.

Transforming your interior space and turning a house into a home can be an exciting time. Ask any architect and they’ll say that working with natural light is key. So whatever makeover project you decide to take on, whether it be investing in a new conservatory or glazed extension, you’ll be creating a space in your home that can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.

Create a stunning wall of glass with bifold doors

If you’ve only ever dreamed of opening up a room and creating more space, now is the time to take the next step and talk to us.

Bifold doors could be the right choice for you, especially if you’re planning to have a glazed extension at the back of your home.

Over the last few years, they have become extremely popular and more and more homeowners are taking the plunge and having them installed.

One huge advantage of bifold doors is the amount of light they flow into a room. They have multiple panels of glass, which, when opened, fold away neatly to showcase your garden. They work using a concertina style opening which reveals the largest opening possible.

Free from any frames or post, bifold doors can either fold internally or externally, to the right-hand side or left-hand side. You can choose whichever configuration that would most suit your property, maximise space and complement what furniture you have.

The transformation can be truly incredible and there’s a reason aïr 800 doors are called the Rolls Royce® of bifold doors. They’re available in the most impressive sizes and can turn a room into a stunning and stylish area.

For a totally standout feature, you can choose up to 10 panels, each of which can be a maximum of 3 metres tall and 1.2 metres wide, leaving you with a potential open space that spans across 12 metres! So not to interrupt the view, frame sightlines on aïr bifold doors are as slim as 108mm.

You can also choose to have sliding doors if you’re craving light

If you’re keen to open up a space and allow more light in, perhaps sliding doors are an option for your home renovation project.

They produce minimal sightlines which effortlessly let more light in, and this creates extra space in any home.

Sliding doors are a stunning option as they create an open wall that leads out onto your garden. They work by gliding open, with the glass panels sliding behind one another and are even slimmer than bifold doors.

Each glass panel in a sliding door feature is wider than the panes in bifold doors, taking extra advantage of the natural light.

Some architects believe that aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors are the perfect choice if you are keen to frame an exterior view.

These measurements might help you decide on sliding doors…

You can choose as many as 6 panes using a monorail or triple track system to create a stunning wall of glass.

The aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors are available with each panel up to 2.7 metres high and 2.5 metres wide. This means your glazed wall can be as wide as 15 metres!

If you are determined to let in as much light as you can, sliding doors really do open up a room.

During darker months, you’ll make the most of any natural light thanks to the wide expanse of glass.

And something else, the aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors have super sleek aluminium frames which have been expertly engineered to be just 48mm. They also use aïrglide technology, which means you’ll be able to effortlessly glide the glass panes, that weigh up to 300kg, open with just 2 fingers.

Don’t rule out rooflights – if you want to let light in

It’s a fact that a rooflight will make your living space look stunning all year round.

Rooflights are fitted to a flat roof extension. Whether it’s summer or winter, the aerial position of a rooflight means that they are perfectly placed to give you directional daylight.

In your glazed extension, the natural light will be completely uninterrupted as there are less likely to be objects such as trees, walls or fences getting in the way and casting shadows.

Creating a light, brighter room is one of the biggest reason customers choose to have rooflights fitted. Not only do they look super stylish, they bring in so much light – and that’s a huge positive in the winter.

For optimum levels of light, Bowalker Doors offer Skypod roof lanterns in a two bar design, available up to 1500mm by 7450mm, or a three bar design available up to 2750mm by 8700mm, so you can create the best feature for your project. Choose a rooflight and you’ll instantly open up the room to more daylight all year round.

At Bowalker Doors, you can design your rooflight to suit the style of your home. They are available in a selection of colours such as White, Anthracite Grey, Moondust, Rosewood and Golden Oak. You can also have White internal finish as standard for a brighter interior. These can also be tailormade to match with your windows or widespan doors, or you can make a statement by choosing a contrasting colour.

If you’re keen to regulate the temperature of your living space, a rooflight can do this. How? They offer great energy efficiency as they are available with U-Values as low as 1.0W/m2K.

Could a new glazed extension be on your winter wish list?

If you’re keen to create more space in your house, installing a new glazed extension will certainly add wow factor. On top of that, you’ll be installing a room which will look stunning all year round.

There’s nothing more lovely than a room that’s naturally airy and open.

If you’re considering a glazed extension to add more space and increase natural light into your home, come and talk to us.

We’d be delighted to welcome you to our showroom in Hickstead, where we can discuss your property plans. If you like, why not upload your drawings to our website and we’ll get our experts to take a look and give you some advice.

You can visit our Facebook page for bifold door and sliding door inspiration and get in touch with us by calling 0800 881 5640 or filling out a contact form here.

September 25, 2019

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Bifold door benefits

Bowalker Doors air bifold doors benefits

There is only one word to describe the benefits of bifold doors in a renovation project or exciting new glazed extension – brilliant.

They are becoming increasingly popular in people’s home and that’s because they create such a unique, standout feature. In contemporary projects, bifold doors have become the architectural glazing of choice and are now the perfect addition in any property.

If you’re still need convincing, let this blog explain why these stunning walls of glass are such a super and stylish choice. Here are 6 top benefits of bifold doors:

1. They open up space

open plan aluminium bifold doors

Bifold doors fold away to reveal an entirely open space and this is probably the biggest reason why homeowners are keen to include them in their renovation projects. Bifold doors enable you to create a bespoke open plan living area, which allows you to enjoy both the inside and the outside.

What’s fantastic about bifold doors is that they seamlessly link your living space or glazed extension with your garden, and this looks absolutely amazing in any property – especially if you’ve got green fingers and have transformed your outdoor space into something lush and lovely.

2. They’re contemporary and stylish

Contemporary bifold doors

Choose bifold doors and you’ll be making a stylish statement – that’s what the glazing experts say. They’re modern and chic and can make a glazed extension look truly amazing. The big expanse of glass is impressive and because they let in so much light, choosing what furniture to style your room becomes a fun day at the shops!

Bifold doors look sleek and simple but they instantly open up a home to successfully knit the inside with the outside and that’s exactly what homeowner in Surrey and Sussex want. Here at Bowalker, our valued customers tell us that they add to the aesthetics of any sleek interior – and we agree.

3. You have choice!

Smarts Aluminium Bifold Doors Colours Sussex Bifold Doors

A trendsetter for contemporary projects, bifold doors offer sleek aluminium frames, clean lines and large glazed areas. If you choose bifold doors, it means you can also be flexible with your layout. Perhaps you’ve always wanted an island in your kitchen – well now you can!

Bifold doors have multiple glass panels, which fold away to reveal open space, and you can select how many to have.

The concertina style folding can be configurated to tie in with how you want your glazed extension to look – and there’s no obstructing frames or posts. The bifold doors can fold internally or externally, to the right-hand side or left-hand side.

At Bowalker, we offer 2 bifold door ranges, including the impressive aїr bifold door collection.

Dubbed the Rolls Royce® of bifold doors, the aïr 800 has up to 10 panels, which can each be as tall as 3 metres and as wide as 1.2 metres. That means your bifold door feature can span across an impressive 12 metres.

With aïr 800 bifold doors, you don’t need to worry about chunky frames spoiling the view, as sightlines are as slim as 108mm. This means that open or closed, you’ll be able to make the most of the garden, hub tub or outdoor dining area.

4. They’re easy to operate

Aluminium bifold doors

In one quick and easy motion, bifold doors allow you to get full access to what’s behind the door. Bifold doors have multiple panels of glass which, when opened, fold away to reveal an entirely clear space. As part of your design, you can also have a traffic door, which gives you a quick exit to the outside, without having to open every single panel.

So not to interrupt the view, frame sightlines on aïr bifold doors are as slim as 108mm. This, coupled with the clear opening, allows the entire family to make the most of the garden and enjoy luxury outdoor living.

5. Bifold doors create a stunning wall of glass

Bifold door wall of glass

Perhaps the biggest feature of the bifold door and the one that people love the most, is the seamless ‘glass curtain’ it creates.

Thanks to their large glass panels, you’ll be throwing light into the whole house and this is very important when you’re deciding to create a glazed extension.

They can span across your entire wall and will provide a much sought-after unobstructed view. It’s a fact that property owners around Sussex and Surrey see the benefits of introducing widespan glazed doors into their homes.

6. Here’s the news on energy efficiency

bowalker air bifold doors energy efficiency

Thanks to top quality glazing and frames, glazed bifold doors are no longer seen as a cause for concern for homeowners. The glass units in aïr bifold doors work with the aluminium frames to provide optimum energy efficiency, durability, security and weather resistance.

aïr bifold doors offer U-Values as low as 1.4W/m2K and feature Teflon-coated weatherseals, which have been tests for watertightness and windload resistance. Something else, the aluminium frames are resistant to corrosion, twisting, rusting, warping or fading and you can even choose aïrcoat – which is a special dirt-resistant, scratch-resistant, textured paint.

aïr bifold doors are also Secured by Design and PAS 24 – which means they’re certified with a high-tech multipoint locking systems.

And finally…

Bifold door benefits Sussex

It’s a fact, that bifold doors look amazing – no matter how big or small your house is. They really are the top glazing product to install in a new extension because they successfully open up your home making it bright and airy.

If you’re looking for the wow factor – think Bowalker bifold doors.

Work with the experts at Bowalker

Air 800 bifold doors Bowalker Doors for Brighton renovations

We can help you choose what would look best in your home. We’re the experts in architectural aluminium glazing across Sussex and Surrey, helping homeowners to achieve their dream homes.

We’ll happily work with your designer or architect to create bespoke, state-of-the-art projects for you. We can sit down and talk through your property plans – in fact, our experts would love to see your designs!

Visit the showroom in Hickstead, where we can discuss your dream home. You can also call us on 0800 881 5640, fill out a contact form, or visit our Facebook page for bifold door inspiration.

September 10, 2019

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How to create stylish homes with stunning home trends

air lift & slide door home trends

These days, more and more people are taking on interior design projects and creating the most stunning properties. If you love turning a house into a home, then you’re probably excited about waving some design magic across your home and add real wow factor within your four walls.

You’ll already know that introducing specialist glazing to a property can completely transform a room, making it ooze style and charm. It can add character, space and light – making your home the perfect place to live.

Over the last two years, glazing has featured heavily on people’s wish lists when they start planning a home improvement project. It’s a fact that as summer draws to a close, homeowners start thinking about how to make the most of their properties – especially with Christmas just around the corner.

If you’re planning an extension, take time to consider the kind of look you want to achieve. Just think, you could have your dream home before 2020!

To help you we’ve put together a guide to bifold doors, sliding doors and rooflights:

Bifold doors

air bifold doors home trends

Big expanses of glass, in the form of bifold doors, has risen in popularity over the last decade in the UK. Property owners around Sussex and Surrey appreciate the quality of light and space and are becoming more and more interested in introducing widespan glazed doors into their home.

Bifold doors can instantly transform a property and are becoming a real customer favourite. They add the most glorious amount of light to a room and create a sleek and stylish appearance. Bifold doors will change the overall look of your property and have the ability to simply and efficiently open up homes.

If you’re keen to knit the inside with the outside, bifold doors add to the aesthetics of any interior, creating a stunning interior space.

Choosing bifold doors, means you can also be flexible with your layout. They work by having multiple glass panels, which fold away to reveal an open space, without any obstructing frames or posts.

The concertina style folding can be configured to tie in with how you want your glazed extension to look. The doors can fold internally or externally, to the right-hand side or left-hand side.

Hugely popular and dubbed the Rolls Royce® of bifold doors, aïr 800 is available with up to 10 panels, which can each be as tall as 3 metres and as wide as 1.2 metres. That means your bifold door feature can span across an impressive 12 metres.

What’s fantastic about bifold doors is that you can seamlessly merge your indoors with your outdoors so wandering between your living space and your garden has never been so easy.

With aïr 800 bifold doors, you don’t need to worry about chunky frames spoiling the view, as sightlines are as slim as 108mm. This means that open or closed, you’ll be able to make the most of the garden.

Sliding doors

air lift and slide doors sliding doors for Brighton renovations Bowalker Doors (3)

Sliding doors also boost property value and are a great alternative to bifold doors. When open, sliding doors feature glass panels which slide behind each other.

Individual glass panels are wider than those used in bifold doors so you get fewer frames but remember they don’t open up completely.

Thanks to minimal frames, they offer more light when open or closed and you can choose if you would like the panels to slide open to the left or the right.

The stunning aïr 500LS & 600LS aluminium lift & slide doors offer boundless possibilities, as they’re available with as many as 6 panes using a monorail or triple track system.

These doors can be as tall as 2.7 metres and as wide as 2.5 metres, leaving you with a wall of glass that’s up to 15 metres wide. They also come with even slimmer sightlines of just 48mm, which means you can take full advantage of the outside views.

Rooflights

Skypod rooflight roof lantern home trend

While you’re thinking about your glazed extension, it might be worth considering one of our Skypod roof lanterns and rooflights.

These can be added to any design feature and create a stunning look in any new room. The Bowalker Skypod roof lantern is available in a choice of architectural colours, designs and sizes. They allow natural light to flood into any central space and effortlessly distribute light across a room.

These are a stunning feature in any project and can be designed in a range of colours to perfectly complement the rest of your interior design. Choose from White, Rosewood, Golden Oak, Anthracite Grey and Moondust Grey, to match your existing glazing. Or to illuminate your space with colour, we can offer a range of coloured glass options including Blue, Neutral, Bronze and Aqua as well as Clear.

Why choose bifold doors or sliding doors?

bifold or sliding doors home trends

Made with top quality glazing and frames, glazed doors instantly turn a standard extension into something truly special.

Adding bifold doors or sliding doors help to create a stunning interior space that is light and bright – and this is important when taking on an interior design project.

If you haven’t thought about how you’re going to add light, it’s time to consider the benefits of bifold doors or sliding doors. These additions not only boost property value, but the transformation can be truly stunning.

If you didn’t know, sliding doors and bifold doors are the top choices for homeowners when it comes to people creating extensions.

The glass units in aïr bifold or sliding doors work with the aluminium frames to provide optimum energy efficiency, weather resistance, durability and security.

aïr bifold doors offer U-Values as low as 1.4 W/m2k, while aïr lift & slide doors offer U-Values as low as 0.95 W/m2K.

Both doors feature Teflon®-coated weatherseals and have both been tested for watertightness and windload resistance.

The aluminium frames are resistant to corrosion, twisting, rusting, warping or fading and you can even choose aïrcoat, which is a special dirt-resistant, scratch-resistant, textured paint. This means your doors will remain looking as good as new for years to come – something that is backed up by the 25-year manufacturers guarantee that aïr doors come with.

You can be sure that the safety of your home isn’t compromised with aïr bifold and lift & slide doors as they are Secured by Design and PAS 24 certified with high-tech multipoint locking systems.

Expert help is just a phone call away – or why not visit our showroom!

Bowalker Doors home trends

We’re excited to see your designs, so bring them in!

Here at Bowalker, we can help you choose the best widespan door feature for your project.

We want to be part of your makeover in Sussex and Surrey, so let’s get started and transform your home.

We work with homeowners, designers and architects to create bespoke, state-of-the-art projects – after all, it’s what we do best.

We can sit down and talk through your plans. Let us make your home design dreams come true.

We’d be delighted to welcome you to our showroom in Hickstead, where we can discuss your property plans. If you like, why not upload your drawings to our website and we’ll get our experts to take a look and give you some advice.

You can visit our Facebook page for bifold door and sliding door inspiration and get in touch with us by calling 0800 881 5640 or filling out a contact form here.

September 9, 2019

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