uPVC bifold doors are a perfect addition to your home. They offer an easy transition from your home to your garden and let in lots of light, making them great for conservatories. But there are advantages and disadvantages to getting bifold doors in uPVC.
To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of advantages and disadvantages of uPVC bifold doors. Compare between the different materials and decide which one is best for you.
Advantages of uPVC bifold doors
Strong and durable
uPVC bifold doors doors are strong and durable. Many bifold doors with uPVC frames will last for decades without rotting like timber. The frames must be strong as they have to support huge panes of glass that will be in constant use.
Unlike timber, you won’t need to treat uPVC regularly. It is water- and weather-resistant so all you’ll have to do to keep your bifold doors looking fabulous is wipe them with a damp cloth every now and again.
All bifold doors must have a U-value of 1.8W/m2 or lower, and the lower the value the better the door is as a heat insulator. uPVC comes out as an average of 1.7W/m2, which is the most thermally efficient compared with timber and aluminium. Bear in mind that if uPVC warps, the thermal efficiency can decrease.
uPVC bifold doors are the cheapest option because they are mass-produced. An average four bifold door set will cost you somewhere in the region of £1500.
Disadvantages of uPVC bifold doors
Over time, after exposure to the sun, uPVC can start to warp. Not only can this affect the look of the doors, but it can stop them from opening and closing properly. Bear this in mind when choosing bifold doors, especially if you place them on a south-facing elevation as this can speed up the warping process.
May become discoloured
As well as warping, uPVC can discolour and fade after long-term exposure to the sun. uPVC frames also scratch more easily than aluminium.
Can look cheap
If you go for the standard white colour, uPVC bifold doors can look cheap. You can get different coloured uPVC frames, but there are far fewer options than for timber or aluminium. Also, the frames tend to be larger than aluminium or timber, so if you like the minimalist look uPVC may not be the best option.
Made your mind up yet? If not, take a look at our articles on aluminium and timber bifold doors to help you decide.
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Excluding glass and installation
Advantages and disadvantages
- Strong and durable
- Thermally efficient
- Cheapest option
- Can warp
- May discolour over time
- Can look cheap