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Should I Purchase Aluminium Bifold Doors?

4th March 2020 |


When you’re looking at upgrading your home with a new back door, there are countless possibilities. But what about if you don’t want ‘just’ a door? What if you are looking at a way of opening your home up, allowing your indoor and outdoor spaces to merge as one? Aluminium bifold doors are the perfect solution to creating a much more meaningful connection with your garden, patio or terrace. But what should you consider before investing in aluminium bifold doors?

With a range of opening mechanics, material choices and the option of a fixed or unfixed door, you might be undecided as to whether a bifold door is right for your home. In this post, we will have a look at aluminium bifold doors and how they can add elegance and style to any property.

what is a bifold door?

Aluminium Sliding Doors

‘Concertina’ style bifold door

If you’re scratching your head wondering what a bifold door is, let us explain. A bifold door is made up from multiple panels which are fitted on to a durable aluminium track. Allowing them to slide open in a concertina or zig-zag style. Folding up neatly against the wall when open. You can have up to six glazed sections and a choice of a single fixed door which acts as a standard door when you don’t need all glazed sections open. This is commonly known as a traffic door.

Commonly, bifold doors will be used as an opening to a garden or outdoor living space. However, can be found in other places around the home, particularly internal bifolding doors. When bifold doors are fully opened they create a truly fascinating and elegant blend of both your indoor and your outdoor spaces. Creating a wide opening with up to 90% accessibility.

What Are Benefits Of Aluminium Bifold Doors?

Aluminium Patio Door

Open your home with large, aluminium bifold patio doors.

Aluminium is an extremely robust material which makes it a practical choice for use in bifolding doors. Due to their strong yet lightweight build, aluminium allows us to use thinner frames and minimal hardware. Providing beautiful views of your outside spaces with larger panes of glass. An aluminium bifold doors will:

  • Feature more glass and less frame – Not only will it give you a less obstructed view of your garden, but natural light will also flood your home. Providing a crisp and modern finish.
  • Last Longer – Aluminium bifold doors tend to last longer than uPVC or timber-built ones. This is because it is a much more durable material and difficult to cause damage to. Aluminium will not rust, rot, peel or warp no matter the weather conditions.
  • Provide excellent levels of thermal efficiency – Aluminium is indeed a highly conductive material. Meaning it’s prone to losing heat. However, installing a thermal break within the frame of the door ensures maximum thermal efficiency. Keeping the heat inside and the cold out.
  • Create a wide opening – With a wide opening of up to 90% accessibility, your garden and home blend as one seamlessly. Perfect for hosting barbecues and garden parties.

Aluminium Bifold Door Opening Options and Configurations

Aluminium Bifold Patio Door

Enjoy a flood of natural light with less frame and more glass.

You might be wondering if aluminium bifold doors are capable of only opening one way. Bifold doors are available with either inward or opening door panels, allowing them to be installed on almost any property.

The number of glass panels you need will depend on the dimensions of your opening. Odd numbers are the most popular as they allow a complete opening when stacked. Many people opt for a master or “traffic” door as it will provide easy access without having to open the whole system.

Are aluminium bifold doors easy to open and close

Yes, aluminium bifold doors are fitted onto a durable aluminium track providing a sliding motion when opening fully. The panels will fold against each other in a zig-zag style similar to a concertina. The aluminium track will allow the door to fold and stack seamlessly with minimal force.

If you have previously had bifold doors which have been difficult to open and close, this is usually down to a poor quality product or poor installation.

Are aluminium bifold doors secure?

You might be concerned that larger window panes on aluminium bifold doors might pose a higher security risk. This is a common misconception and couldn’t be further from the truth. High quality and well-manufactured aluminium bifold doors are just as secure as any other entrance door. In this day and age, double glazing is often standard when purchasing any door or window.

Secured by Design is a police security initiative set up to prevent crime and promote home security. This initiative works with police forces and the government to raise security standards in the manufacturing stage.

All of our aluminium bifold doors are fitted with high-security locking systems as standard. Offering peace of mind that your doors are secured using one of the most recognised and respected names in the lock industry.

Find out more

If you are interested in new aluminium bifold doors, why not get in touch with a member of our friendly team to discuss your installation requirements. At our stylish showroom in Cheddar, Somerset you will have the opportunity to see a sample of our work before you make any buying decision.

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