Aluminium patio doors

A Bi-fold door opening onto a balcony

When specifying a replacement patio door, you now have several new options to offer homeowners. Instead of the traditional French door or inline sliding patio door, impress prospective customers with an architectural quality door that folds open like a concertina to leave a large area of open space.

Why aluminium patio doors?

Aluminium is the ideal material for door frames and outerframes. While customers are used to the look and feel of uPVC, this material is not the natural choice for a door frame, as it cannot bear the same weight load as aluminium, and it also swells and contracts with extreme temperature changes. Poor quality uPVC can even lead to sagging door leafs.

Aluminium, on the other hand, is surprisingly lightweight, sturdy and features a thermal break for optimal thermal efficiency. With higher load-bearing capabilities, aluminium frames can be slimmer and offer a larger light ingress.

  uPVC patio doors Aluminium patio doors
Aesthetics *** *****
Durability/Lifespan *** *****
Glass area *** ****
Typical thermal efficiency **** ****
Colourfast ** ****
Slim sightlines ** ****
Price **** *****

Patio doors vs. bifold doors

If you’re looking to install replacement patio doors, why not consider adding bifold doors to your range?

At the end of the day, the choice of door is the homeowner’s. But we’ve found that installers who offer bifolding doors as a part of their range are increasingly able to upsell from standard patio doors to aluminium folding doors.

As you can see in the table below, bifold doors offer the best of all worlds in terms of design and functionality.

  French doors Inline patio doors Bifold doors
Glass area ** ***** ****
Open space 25% 50% 90%
'Traffic' door Yes No Yes
'Wow' factor ** **** *****

Bifolding patio door suppliers in Sheffield

Bifold Network is an expert aluminium manufacturing business specialising in bifold doors.

We fabricate market leading bifolding patio doors using Smarts aluminium profile.

Bifold Network aluminium doors are available in a full range of colours, including the full RAL range, as well as Smarts Sensations and Natural range.

Get technical information about our bifolding patio doors or contact the Bifold Network team for more information about our manufacture and supply service.

For more information regarding any of our products contact us here or speak to the team, call 01142 313 133.


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