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Are Aluminium Bifold Doors More Secure Than uPVC?

14th May 2024 |

Aluminium Doors

As the UK summer draws near, it’s a popular time for homeowners to consider the addition of bifold doors to their properties.

Bi-fold doors bring not only aesthetic appeal but also practical benefits, regardless of your home’s architectural style or age. Their sleek design adds a touch of modern elegance while providing convenience and functionality.

With expansive glass panels and wide openings, bifold doors flood your interior with natural light and fresh air. Plus, their ability to fold away seamlessly blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting you to enjoy your patio, balcony or garden.

However, once the summer festivities wind down, keeping your home secure is a top priority. At Majestic Designs, we recognise the dual importance of style and security in creating your ideal home. We’re here to ensure that your choice of bifold door not only complements your aesthetic vision but also offers peace of mind, keeping intruders at bay year-round.

What is a bifold door?Aluminium Bifold Doors

A bifold door consists of large glass panels, known as ‘leaves’, connected by hinges. These hinges allow the panels to slide along a track in the floor and upper lintel of a doorway. When opened, the doors move in a zig-zag pattern, similar to a concertina or accordion, until they lie flat against the walls. Typically installed in pairs, they split at the centre, with each door folding to one side, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.

How secure are aluminium bifold doors?

Aluminium doors are renowned for their impressive strength and durability. The chemical composition of aluminium makes it a low-density metal, offering incredible strength while remaining lightweight. This makes aluminium an excellent material for bifold doors, as it resists cracking and cutting while also operating smoothly along the track.
The slim design of aluminium frames maintains their strength while reducing potential weak points, making it more difficult for intruders to gain entry. Additionally, opting for bifold doors with double or triple glazed safety glass further enhances their security. This solid barrier against forced entry makes you feel extra safe and secure in your home.

Unlike uPVC, aluminium is less susceptible to warping or distortion in fluctuating temperatures, ensuring that the locking mechanisms remain intact and effective over time. Together with strengthened glass, high-quality locks and internal beading, aluminium provides one of the highest levels of security for your home.

Additional benefits of aluminium bifold doors include:

  • Sleek, contemporary finish with customisable design options.
  • Energy efficiency due to thermal break technology, achieving U ratings up to 1.6 W/m²K.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Resistant to weather and corrosion.
  • Typical lifespan of up to 30 years.
  • Environmentally-friendly, recyclable material.

How secure are upvc bifold doors?Aluminium Bifold Doors

uPVC, or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, is one of the most popular material choices for windows and doors on the market today. More cost-effective than aluminium, uPVC bifold doors often feature thicker frames to securely hold their glass panels in place.

While uPVC doors cannot be considered completely burglar-proof, they do provide a high level of security. They are equipped with internal beading, making them difficult to tamper with. Any attempt to break into a home with uPVC bifold doors would likely result in loud noise from shattering glass, drawing attention and deterring criminal activity.

Fitting your uPVC doors with high-quality locks, hinges and handles can further enhance their security, ensuring that they remain securely locked and resistant to tampering.

At Majestic Designs, our range of uPVC doors are engineered with durability and security in mind. Featuring multi-point locking systems, our uPVC doors provide insulation against adverse weather conditions and deter unwelcome intruders, ensuring the safety and protection of your home for years to come.

Aluminium vs upvc: which has better security?

When comparing aluminium and uPVC bifold doors in terms of security, both options offer commendable protection for your home. While aluminium doors are naturally strong and durable, uPVC doors can achieve similar security levels with the addition of high-security features.

Ultimately, the right option for you and your home depends on your specific needs, aesthetic preferences and budget constraints. While aluminium bifold doors may come at a higher initial cost than uPVC, their longer lifespan makes them a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Regardless of your choice, both options can be customised to meet your security needs and enhance the overall appeal of your home.

Bifold doors from majestic designs

Are you still unsure whether to install bifold doors in uPVC or aluminium? Let Majestic Designs help. With over 20 years of expertise in supplying and installing premium home improvements, we’re here to guide you through the decision-making process.

Our bifold doors are engineered in our state-of-the-art factories right here in Somerset, tailored precisely to your specifications. Our leading teams of FENSA accredited and MTC registered installers will guide you through your project journey, from consultation to installation.

Whether you opt for aluminium or uPVC, all our bifold doors feature multi-point locking systems and are manufactured from only the highest quality materials. Plus, with our high-security Yale locking systems, you can rest assured your property will be kept safe and secure.

For more information on selecting the perfect bifold door for your home, or to schedule an at-home consultation, contact our knowledgeable and friendly team today.

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