Are you tired of the same old office space? Are you tired of staring at the same four walls of your meeting room? Are you looking for a creative way to make a small space seem larger?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then you likely stumbled across this article looking to find some inspiration on the latest high-tech office design trends. Well, you’re in luck because today we’re going to be doing just that! We’re here today to take a look at one of the fastest-growing interior design trends on the market- The Glass Folding door System.
You’ve probably seen them before in home decor magazines, popular music videos, or scenic films set in the Hollywood Hills. Essentially, they’re large multi-point accordion-style doors set in a tracking system that act like a big moving glass wall.
They’re typically made out of aluminum, solid wood, stainless steel or vinyl/pvc and are thermally insulated to ensure that your space retains its energy efficiency. Most configurations also include a swing door that operates as an everyday entry/exit door for times when you don’t want to open the whole system.
In this post, we’re going to break down some of the top reasons why business owners, architects, and contractors choose bi-fold door systems over customary sliding doors or swinging doors- especially when it comes to large openings. We’ll also take a couple of minutes to go over which businesses tend to be the best fit for this new style of door.
Why Bi-Fold Doors?
Bi-fold doors aren’t just meant for homes and living areas. They’re not just another room divider either. Folding door systems are the result of years of innovations and technological advances in energy efficiency, improving material durability, and glass glazing. There’s a reason why the warranty for custom accordion doors is usually good for at least 10 years.
When business owners see the price of these often expensive door systems, sometimes it’ll cause them to rethink their decision a bit. Questions like “Shouldn’t I invest this money elsewhere?” or “Are these accordion doors really worth it?” are commonly asked when it comes time to make the final buying decision.
We’re here to convince you otherwise, though. While they may seem like a bit of a pricey investment at first, they’ll not only add value to your business space, but they’ll also improve the working or closing environment. If you take a more psychological approach towards running your business, then you’ll be able to understand just how much of a difference having the right environment is to improve your team’s productivity, inspire buying confidence in your clients, and keep everyone motivated throughout the day.
Whether you’re looking for an interior door, front door, or even patio doors for your business, let’s take a couple of minutes to go over some more great reasons why bi-folding doors are one of the highest-quality options on the market.
Folding Doors Are Tax-Deductible
Let’s get straight to the point- if you’re investing your hard-earned money back into your business or office space, then you want to be rewarded right? Sure it’s nice to have a beautiful folding glass wall in the middle of your office, but what when it comes time to pay your taxes at the end of the year? As a responsible business owner, you need to make sure that you’re spending the company’s money wisely.
In this case, you’re in luck. As long as you’re installing your new bi-folding doors into a space that’s owned or leased by your business, you can deduct the full amount of the doors and even the labor required to install them. This is important because a large folding door system can easily cost $30-50,000 after labor. By playing your cards right, though, you can get that same amount deducted from your taxes at the end of the year which could save you a big chunk of change.
Folding Doors Modernize Your Space
In addition to the nice little tax deduction, a high-quality folding door system will also raise the value of your property. Whenever you go to sell your office space or even sublease it, you’ll be able to charge a good bit more thanks to the additions you’ve made. When you’re looking at renovations and improvements to your office, upgrading doors and windows is one of the most reliable value increasers you can do.
The open design of the folding door panels helps to open up otherwise closed spaces and can serve as a room divider, the entrance to one of your showcase rooms, or even the front door of your business itself. Every folding door system will feature an easy to open swing door that serves as the everyday entry/exit and also houses the secure locking mechanism for the entire system.
Folding Doors Are Energy-Efficient
If you’re using folding doors as an interior door, this may not be quite as important. However, if the door serves as a barrier to the outside environment, then you’re going to want to make sure that it’s an energy-efficient system. Thankfully, many of our door manufacturers give customers full control over glass options.
With modern-day glass technology and special “Low-E” glass panes, these fully-glass doors can be just as efficient as a typical solid core door or wall. If you add in weatherproof door stiles, then you won’t even have to worry about water coming in!
Manufacturers are able to create these energy-efficient systems by utilizing multiple panels of glazed glass window panes. In-between the glass panels, they fill the vacuum space with Argon gas which has a very low rate of conductivity. Whenever hot sun rays or cold exterior temperatures attempt to penetrate the glass, the Argon resists this temperature change and keeps the room on the other side of the door unaffected from the outside.
In addition to this, folding glass door systems may also feature an additional layer of anti-glare film or reflective tint designed to reflect the sun’s rays and keep the light/temperature of your room steady.
No matter how extreme of an environment your business is located in, most manufacturers feature heavy-duty options designed to withstand any environment. Fully glass homes with folding glass walls and doors have been designed by architectures on top of frigid mountains and in the middle of deserts alike.
Folding Doors Create Transparency
As we’ve mentioned, folding door systems really help to open up spaces and make them seem larger than they previously seemed. Keeping on track with this same idea, they also help to create a high degree of transparency. Where a solid, imposing, and impenetrable wall would have stood before, now there’s a moving glass wall that can be looked through and even walked through.
Whether you’re talking about a meeting room, office space, or showcase area, utilizing a sleek, low-profile door frame design can make it seem like there are no walls at all. This could allow managers to keep an eye on their team. If you’re holding a meeting, it could open the room up and make it seem less secretive, dark, and depressing.
In today’s office, transparency is one of the most sought-after values. On the surface, this usually infers to the transparency of terms, ideas, rules, pay, and behavior. However, it never hurts to make a physical statement as well. The more that you can design your business space to impart an air of transparency, open fields of vision, and unite workers together, the more transparent you’ll seem to both the outside world and your valued team members.
Folding Doors Can Be Sound Proofed And Privatized
One of the last questions we often get from business owners installing a folding door system in their office is “Won’t I be sacrificing some privacy with these doors? What if I don’t want my office listening or looking in on confidential meetings?”
If that’s you’re concern, then most of our folding door manufacturers are able to create a custom door system that will give you both the visual and auditory privacy you’re seeking.
To create visual privacy, you’ll be able to choose between a range of different glass finishes such as cracked or clouded glass, or even a fully translucent sandblasted look.
If you’re trying to go a step further and fully soundproof a room, then the manufacturer can install special layers of film on the glass surface designed to dampen sound. When combined with thicker glass panes, and a multi-glazed-panel setup, it will be next to impossible to hear what’s being said from one side of your door to the other.
4 Types Of Businesses That Could Utilize Folding Doors
By now, hopefully, you’re a bit more confident about your decision to add folding doors to your business space. If you still have a few doubts, then let’s take a quick look at some of the most common businesses that utilize folding door systems in their space.
Hotels and luxury resorts often install folding doors in their master suits, common areas, and especially in their swimming pools. If the weather is good, patrons can fully open the door to enjoy the outside air. If it’s cold or rainy outside, the patrons can close the walls and enjoy their room in peace.
Car dealerships regularly renovate for two reasons- tax deductions and keeping their customers interested. Since these glass doors help your business look more modern, your customers will start to associate the vehicles and dealership with modern values, buying transparency, and trustworthiness. These doors also allow sales teams to look out of their offices and catch customers the moment they walk in the front door.
Restaurants And Night Clubs
With recent COVID-19 regulations requiring clubs and restaurants to offer an open-air area, folding doors are the perfect fit. They’ll allow you to provide a safe open-air environment for your patrons during normal operating hours, but you’ll also be able to lock everything up safely at night before everyone goes home for the night.
When combined with anti-shatter glass film and modern-day laser security systems, these glass walls can be even more secure than standard door systems.
Vacation Rental Homes
If you operate an Air BnB or VRBO listing, then you’ve probably learned that appearances sell. That’s why rental agencies spend so much money on photographers and interior designers to take the perfect shots of the location. Better pictures mean that you can charge higher nightly prices and get away with it.
If you install a folding glass door on your rental’s patio or pool area, this feature alone could allow you to raise your nightly rate by 10-15%! If you do the math on that and multiply it by a couple of years, the doors may very well pay for themselves.
Bi-folding door systems are one of the best investments that you can make in regards to renovation and design improvements. Whether you’re self-motivated by the idea of having a sleek new office, or you’re trying to create a more transparent, open, and safe environment the manufacturers we represent are able to cater to a wide variety of different design tastes and styles.