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As Summer approaches, it’s a better time than any to think about upgrading your patio doors to something a little more modern. As well as increasing kerb appeal, new patio bi-folds are an ideal solution to make your homework smarter if you’re looking to improve instead of move. Bi-folds also bridge the gap between curved and bay entrances, that the likes of sliding doors simply can’t live up to.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, we thought we would help you out by taking a closer look at the benefits open to you via two of the most popular home improvement materials around.
Yes, aluminium is more expensive than uPVC. But it’s a solid investment choice for savvy homeowners, as aluminium bi-folds are more than likely to add considerable value to the property’s resale value. Aesthetically pleasing, aluminium bi-folds have an impressive lifespan of 45 years+.
Whilst aluminium is more expensive than uPVC, there’s no need to worry as we can help spread the cost with our fantastic finance packages.
Aluminium is the strongest renovation material around, so it’s perfect for creating high-performance bifold door systems. Actively resisting troublesome issues like expansion and contraction with heat variation, corrosion, discolouring & rotting, as well as flexing or twisting, aluminium bi-folds make a great choice for homes on the Suffolk coast and other areas frequently exposed to direct sunlight.
Thanks to its strength, aluminium can support larger amounts of glass on thinner frames. This instils Sudbury and Suffolk homeowners with the confidence to attempt more adventurous bifold door designs, creating absolutely breath-taking expanses of glass that are ideal for homes with far reaching views.
Your choice shouldn’t be based simply on affordability, but we understand that those who are constrained by a strict budget will prioritise this aspect. uPVC bifold doors are the cheapest material currently available. It’s crucial to take into account that uPVC bi-folds last around 20-25 years, so if you’re planning on installing them in a south facing position be aware that this may reduce their lifespan.
In today’s busy world, most people don’t have the time or the inclination to regularly maintain their exterior doors. With uPVC you don’t need to! Virtually maintenance free, an occasional wipe over with a damp cloth is all that’s needed to maintain a pristine appearance.
Available in a variety of finishes and colours, high-quality uPVC bi-folds are able to match most tastes and styles superbly. Aluminium bifold doors are also available in a variety of finishes, sure to match personal preference with ease.
Both strong and tough, uPVC and aluminium bi-folds offer similar security aspects. At A&B, all of our bi-folding doors can be enhanced with heavy duty locks and toughened glass. Our aluminium bi-folds can also be boosted with multi-point locking mechanisms for absolute peace of mind.
If energy efficiency is important to you, aluminium and uPVC bi-folds can be just as efficient as each other – it all depends on the quality of the product. At A&B, we have many enviable energy efficient bifold options available.
Conclusion: If you require bifold doors that need to be able to withstand constant use and extreme weather conditions, aluminium bifold doors are your best bet. But if you live in an area that isn’t particularly susceptible to adverse weather conditions, that needs to be in-line with an existing uPVC look, uPVC bifold doors sound like the option for you.