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UPVC vs Aluminium Bifold Doors - Which would you choose

There are a lot of different types of bifold doors in the market today. One of the biggest dilemmas people have is which whether to choose aluminium or UPVC. The biggest factor that influences choice is budget. UPVC bifolding doors are less expensive than aluminium bifolding doors, but is it worth the saving? Here are a few things to consider before making your purchase.

UPVC Bifolding Doors

  • Sightlines (the thickness of the profile) on UPVc bifolding doors can be up to 200mm across, unless you find a specialist manufacturer who can produce slimline doors (such as GRP Designs' Slimline UPVC Bifold Doors)
  • There is a limited choice of colours available – typically white, oak, rosewood or occasionally mahogany, red, blue or green. However non-white doors add considerably to the cost making them almost as expensive as aluminium
  • Due to the potential for the frame to contract or expand, and the difference in strength of UPVC compared to aluminium the sizes available are restricted
  • They are low maintenance, needing an occasional wipe down with a soft cloth and oiling/lubrication of moving parts

Aluminium Bifolding Doors

  • Typically the sightlines on the aluminium bifolding doors are much slimmer – in some cases as low as 120mm (see the Schueco ASS70 FD Bifold Door)
  • Aluminium can be powder coated to virtually any RAL colour, and there are also textured stipple finishes and wood effect finishes available
  • Due to its strength, the sizes available are much larger than UPVC, with some doors reaching 3m high and 1.2m wide per sash
  • Aluminium frames have less ability to expand or contract with heat, which reduces the risk of locking problems during the lifetime of the product
  • They are low maintenance, needing an occasional wipe down with a soft cloth and oiling/lubrication of moving parts

Aluminium bifolding doors may be the more expensive option, but are definitely a superior product. However for smaller doors (upto 3m wide, 2.1m high) UPVC can provide a cost effective option.

So which would you choose?

UPVC vs Aluminium

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