Types Of Doors And Their Benefits

Types Of Doors And Their Benefits

Glass doors have found wide application in architectural designs in renovations or construction of new buildings. Besides opening interiors of rooms to the outside world, glass doors serve to enhance ventilation, enrich views and improve natural light. Being transparent, they can be extremely attractive for their prowess for blurring the boundaries between outside and indoors.

Glass doors are available in several mechanism and styles, from hinged and sliding to stacking, pivoting and folding. So you may find it confusing on what type of door to select and opt for custom glass doors that suit you.

Here are the major kinds of glass doors along with their benefits:

Hinged Single Door

It is the most traditional type, featuring a swiveling hinge on one side of frame of door, permitting the other side of the door to swing open from the wall. Such a door can be used for external or internal purposes, as the door can open outwards, inwards or both.


  • Such doors can have frames or maybe frameless, each offering a distinct look. The door handle selection also adds to the overall look.
  • Such doors can be used to make maximum use of a narrow space. They are a great alternative when there is no provision for installing folding and stacked doors.
  • They come in different sizes but hinges and frame need to be able to support door weight when open.

French Doors

These doors are typically a pair of single hinged doors which open away from each other. They traditionally feature timber framed multiple glass panels and swing inwards but nowadays may be different. Used for both exterior and interior doors, they provide a stylish transition between spaces and rooms.


  • French doors offer a wider opening compared to single doors. Also, space needed in front of the opening is halved, requiring width of one door only and not the complete opening.
  • They also help to maximize space of opening
  • They are typically framed in fiberglass, PVC, Aluminum, Timber etc.

Bi-Fold Doors

They are made of a series of individual folding door panels which similar to single hinged doors may be frameless of framed. They are mostly constructed with two or more hinged panels which fold along a sill track and can be pushed to both or one side of structural opening.


  • They create illusion of a spacious interior since wall opening lacks structural posts of an obstructive nature.
  • Similar to French and single doors, they can open outwards or inwards.
  • They are flexible for partial or full opening.

Sliding Doors

These doors open sideways instead of outwards or inwards and glide along a framework in the house or another glass panel. Custom sliding glass shower doors feature in the bathroom.  Sliding doors permit expansive glass walls to provide maximum views, offering a transition between outdoor and indoor spaces.


  • The sliding mechanism is perfect for large glass doors since weight is fully supported on lower and upper tracks.
  • These doors save space because a large door may be used avoiding the need to consider space in front or behind the door.

These are some major types of glass doors with their related benefits.

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