Living in Southern Florida has many benefits, but one of the best is our year-round sunny skies and warm weather.
Many homeowners take advantage of our beautiful temperate climate by entertaining or enjoying a quiet evening relaxing at home on their lanais. (As they should!)
With folding glass walls, you can extend your outdoor and indoor living spaces by fully opening up parts of your home to the warm Florida weather. But that’s just one reason to install bi-fold glass instead of sliding or French doors.
Here are five reasons to invest in a folding glass wall for your Florida home:
1. Folding glass doors are an unconventional option compared to traditional sliding or French doors.
If your home already has a sliding glass door or a French doorway that you’re not happy with, folding glass doors are an often overlooked replacement option.
While sliding glass doors have their own set of benefits, sliding doors only open left to right and stack behind a pane of glass, meaning you’ll always have half of your opening closed.
French doors open fully, but both sides broadly sweep and often require an expansive empty space, and can be a hassle if you require shifting of furniture every time you want to open them.
Folding glass, by contrast, can fully open within your space, with panels stacked neatly to one side. This uncommon doorway option is sure to be a conversation starter for its beauty and remarkable functionality.
2. Bi-fold doors welcome the outdoors in.
Blending the natural world into your home is good for your mind and body. The feeling of exhilaration you get when fresh air fills your home after opening your glass wall is nothing compared to opening a few small windows.
Not only can a folding glass wall allow more light and fresh air into your home, but it truly opens up your space. This “invisible wall” creates the illusion that your room is much larger than it is, weaving in the beauty of nature into your house.
If you live on the water, you’ll have the added benefit of extending your lanai and bringing a sight of calming blue into your home.
3. Folding glass doors are a popular choice for open floor plans.
Imagine “expanding” your office or living room to the rest of the house by removing a standard wall and replacing it with a transparent divider. Or, perhaps you have a room that opens to your backyard and could use a feeling of openness during parties or sleepovers for your kids. The possibilities for where to install a folding glass door are only limited by your imagination.
Open floor plans are growing increasingly popular for modern homes— and a folding glass wall is the epitome of an open floor plan. It’s the best of both worlds: see your surroundings while still segmenting parts of your home with faux separation. In a way, folding glass walls create that happy middle ground for privacy, blocking out noise and creating a cozy atmosphere while still allowing for a clear sightline.
4. Folding glass doors can be designed with impact, hurricane-safe glass.
We wouldn’t be suggesting you install a giant sheet of glass in your Florida home without guaranteeing that our products are storm safe. Our folding glass walls at Storm Solutions have Miami-Dade NOA (Notice of Acceptance) approval, meaning they are specially designed and tested to withstand high-velocity hurricane zone conditions.
Our bi-fold glass walls are made with impact-resistant glass and heavy-duty framing, ensuring they will not break or budge against any weather. Learn more about what makes impact glass different from traditional glass here.
5. Folding glass doors are a long-lasting investment.
While sliding glass doors and French doors can last for many years, folding glass doors tend to have an extended life than these common options. Folding glass doors can be supported by a floor track to provide assured and smooth operation.
Because our bi-fold doors are constructed with impact glass and sturdy storm-safe framing, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll have trouble-free hurricane protection with that aesthetic appeal you love for many seasons to come.
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With our reputation for excellence, you can trust our hurricane resistant windows and doors meet or exceed Florida home safety standards— and look truly gorgeous at the same time.
Give us a call at 239-205-3193 or fill out this form to discuss some of your bi-fold glass wall options, today.