Frequently asked questions about awnings for bifold and sliding doors

We get lots of information requests for sliding and bifold door awnings. In the past, it’s been tricky to fit awnings over such vast areas of glass, but new methods and robust wall brackets mean awnings for bifold and sliding doors are simple to fit and are incredibly effective at providing shade for your home and garden. Here are a few of the questions we are most asked about bifold door awnings.

How are awnings fitted to bi-fold and sliding doors?

When we fit bi-fold and sliding door awnings, we need to ensure they are sufficiently supported, safe and secure, and won’t cause damage to your property. Often, the wall structure above the bi-fold or sliding door isn’t strong enough to hold the awning, so we use spreader plates or gutter brackets fixed to the wall on either side of the windows. Our experienced metal fabricators custom-make the brackets to fit your awning precisely, and we can colour-match the metalwork to any RAL number.

Read our Awning Wall Brackets blog to learn more. 

Gutter Awning Bracket - Fitted By Awningsouth

What are the benefits of having an awning for bifold and sliding doors?

In addition to providing excellent shading for your patio area, awnings are also a great way to reduce interior heat and glare from large expanses of glass. The large canopy keeps your indoor space cooler without blocking the view and stops sunshine glare from interrupting on-screen activities. Awnings can also create an illusion of more space by connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly. 

See our blog 6 Benefits of Awnings for Bifold Doors for more ideas.

Weinor Opal II Awning Fitted for Bi-Fold Doors in Southampton - Awningsouth

How are awnings for bifold and sliding doors controlled?

All of our awnings are electric, so at the touch of a button, you can open or retract the canopy with ease. We have various awning control options, including remote handheld controls and smartphone apps. Plus, we have clever automatic sensors which will open or close your awning according to the weather – if it gets too hot, the awning will open, and if it’s too windy, it will close again. 

Visit our awnings controls page for more information. 

Large Weinor Awning for Bifold Doors fitted by Awningsouth in Chichester.

What awning models do you recommend for bifold and sliding doors?

Most of our awnings are suitable for sliding and bifold doors, but here are a few of our favourites: 

The first is the Weinor Opal Awning which oozes style and sophistication. This premium quality awning has a slimline design and can cover widths of up to 6.5 metres, making it ideal for large windows and doors. The Weinor Semina Life Awning can reach a projection of 4 metres which provides vast shading for patios, and the integrated LED light bar creates a wonderful ambience for alfresco dining. And if you have a smaller outdoor space, the Markilux 990 is an attractive solution for patio doors. 

Weinor Semina Life Awning Fitted by Awningsouth - Smart and Modern Patio Awning

Find out more

We are very experienced in fitting awnings for sliding and bifold doors. Please look at our Bifold Door Awnings Portfolio to see some examples of our work and installations. And if you would like to learn more about our awnings for bifold and sliding doors, please get in touch with our sales team for friendly and helpful advice: call 02381 290170 or email

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