Bi-fold Doors: UPVC or Aluminium Frames?

Construction & Contractors Blog

So you've decided to opt for bi-fold doors in your extension, or perhaps you're replacing those old patio windows. There are two major frame varieties on the market: UPVC and aluminium. To help you make the best choice for your home, below is a comparison between the two materials which will help you choose the best frame.

UPVC frames

Standard UPVC frames have a white finish. While this looks amazing when they are first installed in your home, overtime UPVC frames can become discoloured and yellow. Exposure to sunlight or heat can also cause your UPVC frames to warp a little or bend slightly out of shape, meaning they will open and close less smoothly and may not form a full seal around the door. This could allow water or draughts to enter your property.

UPVC frames are the less expensive choice, even top of the range UPVC frames are cheaper than their aluminium counterparts. But their white finish means they are more likely to show dust and dirt, so they will need regular cleaning and maintenance.  

Aluminium frames

Aluminium frames have longevity on their side. They tend to last longer than UPVC frames as they are not affected by heat or sunlight and are unlikely to warp or alter their shape. This means that aluminium frames will operate smoothly for longer and will form a tight seal around the door.  They need less cleaning and maintenance than UPVC frames as the material does not attract as much dirt and dust. 

Many people are put off by the idea of metallic finished frames, but aluminium frames are now available in a wide range of colours and finishes, allowing you flexibility to choose the best colour for your room. 

Aluminium is a more expensive choice than UPVC, and the initial cost of the frames will be relatively expensive; however, they are likely to function better for longer than the UPVC alternative so may be more economical in the long run. 

Which frames? 

Everyone's needs will be different. For a long term investment, aluminium is the best choice for your frame as it will retain style and functionality for longer. However, on a limited budget, UPVC would be the preferred option. If you are choosing new bi-fold door frame for your property, you should contact a bi-fold doors contractor who will be able to offer advice before fitting the doorframe for you.


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