Bifold Doors: Aluminium vs uPVC
Following the success of our Aluminium Windows vs uPVC Windows article, we wanted to follow up and extend the conversation to choosing the right type of bifold doors for your property.
If you’ve made the decision to choose bifold doors, you may be wondering what material is best? When it comes to bifold doors, there are two may materials to choose from: uPVC and aluminium.
As experts in manufacturing and supplying quality bifold doors to many residential and commercial customers across Dorset and Hampshire, we feel we are well placed to weigh in on this subject. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each material, as well as Alimax’s recommendation on which material you should use.
Pros and Cons of Aluminium and uPVC Bifold Doors
Cost and longevity
Although aluminium bifold doors require more upfront costs than uPVC ones, aluminium bifold doors are longer lasting and typically come with a manufacturer’s guarantee of up to 15 years.
What’s more, aluminium bifold doors have a lifespan of up to 45 years, whereas uPVC bifold doors last no more than 30 years on average.
Durability and maintenance
Whilst both materials are very durable, uPVC bifold doors will require more maintenance and cleaning than their aluminium equivalent. Specialist products are required for uPVC bifold doors so that they can be regularly cleaned to remove dirt and grime that can get engrained in the plastic. By contrast, aluminium bifold doors will not require such a level of upkeep.
House sale appeal
If you’re considering selling your house at some point in the future, then you should know that aluminium bifold doors are likely to be more attractive to prospective buyers because of their high quality and durability. uPVC bifold doors on the other hand can’t offer the same appeal.
Strength and security
We are fully aware of the need to make your property as safe and secure as possible. This holds especially true when it comes to the rear of your property, which is typically where you’ll find bifold doors, so it’s paramount that your bifold doors can’t be penetrated by any unwanted guests.
Whilst both materials will keep your property secure, aluminium is stronger than uPVC. Plus, Alimax’s aluminium bifold doors are PAS 24 certified and feature a multi-lock mechanism to enhance safety and security.
Heat and light tolerance
Aluminium bifold doors are more thermally efficient than uPVC ones. Aluminium is a material that is incredibly heat and light resistant, meaning it is less prone to thermal expansion.
This contrasts with uPVC doors, which expand roughly 2.5 times more than their aluminium counterparts. This will pose a problem during the hotter seasons as these doors will be harder to close – they may need to cool down or need extra force applied to shut.
Our recommendation – should you opt for Aluminium or uPVC Bifold Doors?
Based on our review, we thoroughly recommend aluminium bifold doors for your property. They’re a great long-term investment with resell appeal whilst also providing you with the safety and security that you need.
Trust Alimax to Design and Manufacture your Aluminium Bifold Doors
With a range of bespoke opening configurations, as well as an array of colours to suit your property, you can rely on Alimax to design and create the perfect aluminium bifold doors for your building.
Alimax is the South’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aluminium windows, doors and rooflights. We offer competitive pricing, quick lead times and direct delivery.
To find out more about our products and services, or to arrange a quotation, feel free to give us a call on 01425 205465 where a member of our team will be more than happy to help.