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Aluminium vs uPVC bifold doors | Comparing cost, benefits, designs, and more

Aluminium bifold doors and uPVC bifold doors are both hugely popular options, offering unique benefits and customisation options. However, many homeowners aren’t aware of the differences between each, and which one would be best-suited to their property.

Here, we take you through the key differences between aluminium and uPVC bifold doors, as well as the pros and cons of each material.

What are the benefits of uPVC?

uPVC is the most affordable option when it comes to choosing bifold doors, which makes these doors an ideal option if you have a low budget. It also a fairly low maintenance material in comparison to wood. Bear in mind, however, that uPVC doors are not always suitable for long-term investments.

The appearance of uPVC also makes it ideal if you are looking for a large range of colour options, and a modern, sleek option for your door. However, its downfalls lie in its lack of strength and durability as a bifold door material.

View our range of internal bifold doors and external bifold door materials here.

Expert Quote:

“Most people accept that uPVC will be cheaper initially but bear in mind that uPVC costs can jump up should you want anything other than white. You may end up with a better colour and finish therefore, but you remain stuck with the drawbacks of the material generally.”

Rick Collins, Director, Vufold

What are the benefits of aluminium bifold doors, and how do they compare to uPVC doors?

Aluminium bifold doors are renowned for their excellent strength and durability. Aluminium is also an environmentally friendly alternative to steel, while offering similarities in appearance. With sustainability becoming a top priority among UK homeowners, using environmentally friendly materials can help you to contribute towards a greener future.

Aluminium is a solid option for all types of doors, however is extremely popular for bifold doors. Often designed in classic colours such as black, grey and white, aluminium bifold doors are suitable for most types of properties and styles. A customisable option, aluminium bifold doors also often come with many accessory options and a vast range of security options. Choosing aluminium can be great way to add a modern aesthetic to your home while having peace of mind that your door is secure and reliable.

Buying an aluminium bifold patio door can even increase the value of your home and serve as a long-term investment, as they offer impressive strength and reliability.

Read more about the benefits of aluminium bifold doors here.




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Comparing cost

You should expect to pay considerably more for an aluminium bifold door in comparison to a uPVC door. However, by choosing an aluminium bifold, you are paying for the improved quality and durability.

uPVC bifold doors, on the other hand, are suitable for a low budget, and are a perfect option if you are looking for a more affordable material.


A key benefit of choosing aluminium bifold doors is that they can be powdercoated, which creates a hard-wearing finish. Vufold aluminium bifolding doors are available in a range of standard colours, all powdercoated to provide an incredible, hard-wearing finish.

Aluminium bifold doors are also known for having smaller sightlines than uPVC equivalents. Aluminium is ultimately stronger than uPVC, meaning manufacturers can offer more glass without compromising factors such as product quality, stability and safety.

uPVC doors can also boast a large range of RAL colours, with the advantage of a wood effect finish being an option.

Find out more about the benefits of aluminium bifold doors here.

OUR TAKE: Aluminium bifold doors vs uPVC bifold doors

OUR TAKE: Aluminium bifold doors vs uPVC bifold doors

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uPVC bifold doors


Aluminium bifold doors

Low maintenance

Aluminium bifold doors

Environmentally friendly

Aluminium bifold doors


Aluminium bifold doors

Thermal efficiency

Aluminium bifold doors

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Frequently asked questions

Why are aluminium windows and doors so strong?

aluminium is considerably more resistant to the outside elements compared to other frames, making them less likely to warp or rot as a result. Aluminium also has high strength-to-weight ratio, making them harder to dent.

What are the most popular colours for bifold doors?

Some popular colours for bifold doors include neutral colours, such as black, white, and grey. However, the natural shade of wood, such as oak bifold door shades, is also extremely popular. Composite bifold doors are a great option if you want to enjoy the natural shade of wood alongside neutrals such as grey. Aluminium bifold doors are available in a range of different colours, and can be powdercoated.

What material is best for external bifold doors?

This depends on your priorities when choosing a bifold door. If your priority is finding a strong and durable option, we recommend looking at our composite bifold doors and aluminium bifold doors. If you are looking for a rustic, traditional material, our timber bifold doors may be perfect for you.

Why is aluminium a better choice over uPVC and timber?

Although the best option for you depends on your specific needs and preferences – aluminium is a stronger and more durable choice than options such as uPVC and timber.

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What material bifold door should you choose?

What is your priority when looking for a new bifold door?

What is your priority when looking for a new bifold door?

Do you prefer a rustic-style door, or a modern and sleek design?

What kind of bifold door style do you prefer?

Would you rather choose the natural look of oak, or finishes such as white and grey?

Which colours do you prefer in a bifold door?

Do you prefer the look of aluminium, or a combination of oak and aluminium?

Which of the following factors is the most important to you?