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Vufold vs Wickes: External bifold doors

If you’re looking forexternal bifold doors for your house, you’ll know there are lots of styles to choose from. Modern bifold doors offer great thermal efficiency and most companies can offer various different styles and materials.

In this guide, you will find key differences between external bifolds offered by Vufold and Wickes.

Vufold vs Wickes external bifold doors: an overview

Vufold Wickes
Available Materials
  • Aluminium
  • Hardwood
  • Composite
  • Timber
  • Aluminium
  • uPVC
Standard Size Range
  • 1.8m – 6m
  • Larger sizes available with bespoke service
  • 1.8m - 4.8m
Sightlines As low as 123mm on aluminium ranges Thin sightlines on some models
Available colours Timber:
  • Oak (finished or unfinished)
  • Anthracite grey
  • Traffic white
Aluminium:
  • Anthracite grey
  • Hipca white
  • Jet black
  • Grey outside/white inside
Composite:
  • Grey outside/oak inside
  • White outside/oak inside
Bespoke:
  • Any RAL colour
Aluminium:
  • Grey
  • White
Wooden:
  • Oak
  • White
  • Golden Oak
  • Grey
uPVC:
  • White
Glazing Double and triple glazed Double glazing only
Thermal efficiency As low as 1.0 W/m2k Approximately 1.4 W/m2k
Security
  • Multipoint lock system as standard
  • Cylinderless multipoint locks available for wooden and composite bifolds
Multipoint lock system
Suitable for DIY Installation? Yes – installation is straightforward for the competent DIYer
  • No
  • Aimed at professional installation
  • Little support for DIY installation
Delivery/lead time From 3 days 5 – 7 days depending on supplier
Bespoke availability Yes No. Only standard sizes are available
Guarantee/Warranty Up to 15 years for aluminium bifolds
  • Up to 10 years
  • Only 2 years on some wooden options
Price range
  • Elite Oak External Bifold Doors from £1399
  • Master Wooden Bifold Doors from £1599
  • Status Aluminium Bifold Doors from £1849
  • Supreme External Bifold Doors from £2399
  • Ultra Composite Bifold Doors from £2799
£1500 - £4200

Similarities between Vufold and Wickes

The similarities between the two brands are largely down to the basics of bi-fold doors. All bi-fold doors will give you a great way to have openness between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Similarities between Vufold and Wickes include:

  • Available in a range of standard sizes
  • Range of colours and finishes
  • Secure multipoint locks can be fitted

Differences between Vufold and Wickes

When deciding between brands, it’s important to compare the differences. There may be a distinction between the two that will help you choose the right supplier. This section explains the major differences between Wickes and Vufold.

Guarantee

The length of a guarantee is important because it showcases a supplier's confidence in the quality of their doors. The longer the guarantee, the longer your bifold door is likely to last.

With some of Wickes’ bi-fold doors, they only offer a 2-year guarantee. Vufold goes far beyond that by offering up to 15-year guarantee for their aluminium bifolds and a 10-year guarantee for their wooden bifolds. This goes to prove Vufold’s confidence in the quality of their doors and in the following sections, you will see why.

Size range and Bespoke designs

Wickes has a much smaller choice of standard bifold door sizes available - only offering from 1.8m up to 4m. There will be many homes that require a bifold larger than 4 metres, which is where Vufold can help. Vufold offers a range from 1.8m - 6m, meaning any larger openings can be fitted with a beautiful Vufold bifold.

If you are looking to fit a bifold door in an older house, you might not have a standard size opening. If you are building a new extension, you might find that you want to build a unique bifold door that does not fit into the usual parameters. Both of these issues can be solved with a bespoke service. Vufold’s bespoke service means that whatever size, colour or design you need, they can create it.

Installation

Wickes designs doors to be installed by professional tradespeople. This can mean complex instructions and a likelihood that specialist equipment is required. Paying for a tradesperson will need to be budgeted as it will increase the overall costs of your bifold door.

Vufold supplies doors that are known as ‘Ready-To-Assemble Door Sets’. RTA doors ensure an easy installation process that competent DIYers can complete themselves.

Some of the main benefits of RTA doors include:

  • Pre-machined doors with no extra cutting required
  • All hardware and drill bits included
  • Comprehensive instructions
  • Specialist equipment not required
  • High quality operation

Even if you choose to use a professional tradesperson to install your bifold door, they will likely be able to complete the installation in less time!

Materials

Wickes offers uPVC doors: a budget-friendly option that is cheap to start with, but it comes at a price. UPVC doors are unlikely to last nearly as long as other materials like timber or aluminium.

Unlike Wickes, Vufold offers Composite bifold doors. Composite bifold doors combine the aesthetic of and natural thermal efficiency of oak with the durability of aluminium. The Vufold Ultra range has a U-value of just 1.0 W/m2k making it one the most thermally efficient bifolds on the market.

Find out more about the Vufold Ultra range by visiting our product page here.

Glazing and efficiency

Thermal efficiency is a vital factor in any external door choice as it reduces the loss of heat, meaning rooms stay at the right temperature without excessive energy consumption. Thermal efficiency is affected by frame materials as well as glazing.

While both Wickes and Vufold offer double glazing, only Vufold also offers superior triple glazing. Their Vufold Ultra range is made with Low E thermal glass and argon gas, which help towards one of the best U-values available for bifold doors: 1.0 W/m2k. Wickes’ doors tend to be less energy efficient, with their double glazed bifolds offering around 1.4 W/m2k.

When choosing the best bifold external doors, make sure you consider all factors to choose the right style and quality for your home. Find your perfect external bifold door with Vufold by clicking here.

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