The bifolding door is still a hugely popular home improvement product after new windows and doors. With property owners extending or improving their homes and adding space and light, bifolding doors are the product of choice.
If you are in the market for bifolding doors you may be confused by all the different choices and options. Not only do you have to consider whether to have aluminium or PVCu, but also the different styles, hardware and appearance of your doors.
What is best? PVCu or aluminium bifolding doors?
Northwest Bifolds have been installing and supplying bifolding doors for many years. We know that PVCu bifolding doors will be far cheaper than aluminium doors but they may not necessarily be the best investment longer term.
When it comes to buying bifolding doors customers will naturally want to compare PVCu and Aluminium bifolding doors side by side. Do this and you will notice that PVCu are much thicker and bulkier than aluminium bifolds. These thicker doors are necessary because PVCu does not possess the strength of aluminium and therefore needs to be made thicker in order to be stronger, resulting in less glass and more visible profile.
Our many years installation experience has also demonstrated and proved that PVCu bifolding doors are prone to expansion far more in the summer making them often hard to operate. Doors may stick or be hard to close and lock.
Aluminium bifolding doors being slimmer and stronger can be made much wider and taller than typical plastic doors as well. Again this is important bearing in mind the British weather and that most of the year your doors will be shut.
What is the best style of bifolding door?
The right style of bifolding door will depend on whether you are replacing existing doors or constructing a new opening. You have choices from two panes up to 8 panes or more. Consider how you will use your new doors and if they are the only access to your garden or patio than an access leaf is highly recommended. This is an independent swing door on the one side of your bifolds that can operate like a normal door when you do not need to slide all the leaves back.
As our name suggests Northwest Bifolds are the bifolding door specialists in the North West. Offering the largest product range and years of experience you are in safe hands when buying your doors from us. Contact us to find out more about our excellent range of quality aluminium bifolding doors.