What Are Accordion Windows and Why Are They So Popular

With the warmer weather arriving more frequently, it has all of us here at Baine Co wanting to open all our office windows so that we can enjoy the wonderful fresh air! At first thought, windows may not seem like a very important design feature, but there are many different styles, some of which might be more suited for your home. In recent years, there has been an increasing trend of installing accordion windows, also known as bi-fold windows. In this blog post, we’ll look at the pros and cons of whether this window feature might be something great for your home!

What Are Accordion Windows?

As the name suggests, accordion windows are window units that allow for their glass panels to fully collapse into themselves, allowing for the fresh air to flow completely into your home without any hinderance of a screen or glass in the way. These windows have become increasingly popular in recent years since they offer an open concept flow to what’s outside of the home. Also, this design feature isn’t only specific to just windows, there are many door styles that feature bi-fold panels as well.

The Pros

If you love to entertain and have get-togethers in your backyard, adding bi-fold windows might just be the perfect addition to take your house to the next level. Accordion windows are great for people who enjoy their outdoor living spaces since just by opening a window, you can intermix the inside of your house to flow into your backyard and vice versa. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they offer great energy efficient benefits as well. Bi-fold windows are typically made of double paneled glass panels, which can offer plenty of natural light throughout your house. On cooler days, these windows are a great option for allowing you to save some money on your air conditioning bill by letting the breeze flow throughout your home. However, it is important to remember that not every model of these windows may be energy-efficient, and that there may be some exceptions.

The Cons

Even though there are many pros to having accordion windows if they fit your aesthetic of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, there are also some cons to be aware of. For the most part, bi-fold windows do not have screens that are attached to them since they would be unable to collapse if so. This means that when you open your window, there generally is no protection from bugs or small natural leaves coming into your home if it is breezy. To some this may not be a worry, but to others it may be a concern. Also, design ideas for windows are infinite, whether you prefer the usual appearance, or the more unique clear bi-fold style, but the prices might rise the more complex the bi-fold is.

Although there are many window design ideas, it is important to pick window features that are the most important to you, and your own lifestyle. If your lifestyle revolves around enjoying the outdoors, accordion windows might be perfect for your house since it allows for a flow between the indoor/outdoor space. If you are thinking about remodeling your home, consider reaching out to Baine Contracting, Inc. to help you create your own dream remodel.
By Shannon Johnstone at Baine Contracting, Inc.