If you want bifold doors for your home, one of the main decisions will be the material you opt for. There are many factors which will make your decision but for many, aluminium bifold doors are the supreme choice.
But what are these factors that you need to consider? Find a pros and cons guide below.
Pros of aluminium bifold doors
Aluminium, as a metal, is particularly strong. In fact, it’s more durable and resistant to weather than the other options of uPVC or hardwood. On top of this, aluminium doesn’t suffer from some of the problems associated with both of these, such as rusting, rotting, warping or bowing.
Because of the strength aluminium possesses combined with modern bifold doors, there is no floating mullion. So you can expect more glass in the installation and slimmer lines, creating a highly stylish appeal.
Range of colours
With aluminium bifold doors you have a mammoth selection of colours in which to choose from. The opportunities are endless so you can find a colour that suits both your taste and your property.
If you like to keep your home eco-friendly, then aluminium bifold doors are the choice for you. Aluminium is an abundant natural material and can even be recycled time and time again, without any loss of quality. This means old windows and doors can be broken down and used in the future rather than buried in the ground. In fact, recycling aluminium saves 95% of energy needed to produce bifold doors from raw materials.
It’s no surprise that security is one of the major benefits of aluminium doors. Modern bifold doors have the latest locking mechanisms, so you’ll be as safe as houses.
Cons of aluminium bifold doors
Less thermally efficient than uPVC
Since aluminium is a good heat conductor, this means they’re not very thermally efficient. This could cost you money on your energy bills as you’ll need to whack your heating up to heat the space where your doors are.
However, you can add thermal breaks to improve the U-value (a number that should be 1.8W/m2 or lower) and you can use recycled aluminium to bring the environmental impact of their production down.
Aluminium bifold doors are one of the most expensive choices. Expect to pay around £3000 for a 4 bifold door set – excluding glass and installation.
So have you made up your mind yet? If you need more time to consider your options, take a look at our guides on uPVC and wood bifold doors.
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Advantages and disadvantages
- Range of colours
- Not as thermally efficient
- More expensive than other options