Bi-fold doors come in a range of different materials. Timber, aluminium and PVC bi-fold doors are the most common in today's construction market. All of these options have unique pros and cons that should be carefully reviewed before deciding on which type of door is best for your home.
Timber bi-fold doors
These are the most expensive option for homeowners, and they require a higher level of maintenance than aluminium and PVC alternatives to last and keep looking nice. While real wood is a strong material, it is susceptible to high humidity, water leaks and attacks by wood-loving insects like termites.
On the upside, timber doors have unparalleled natural beauty that can add to the aesthetics of any home. In addition to this, timber is naturally a good thermal insulator and can help you to significantly lower air conditioning costs during the hot season.
If you love the appearance of wood and/or want to minimise your monthly energy bills, timber doors may be the right choice for your home. You should, however, be ready to compromise your view of the outdoor world. Timber bi-fold doors require wider frames, so the view isn't the best.
PVC bi-fold doors
These are the cheapest of the three options. Though they resist moisture, water and insect attacks, they offer the least durability. PVC can easily get warped when exposed to extreme solar heat.
As PVC is not as robust as aluminium and timber, it is less flexible than both materials, hence it can only be used to secure smaller panes of glass. Plus, PVC doors come in fewer colours, so finding something that blends nicely with your home style can be a headache.
If you're looking for a low-cost option, a PVC door is the best option for your home. However, you should be ready to replace the door sooner. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Aluminium bi-fold doors
If you're looking for an economical option, aluminium doors are the clear winner. These doors are neither as expensive as timber doors, nor as cheap as PVC doors – they are moderately priced.
They last longer than both timber and PVC doors and require little upkeep – occasional cleaning with soap and water – to keep looking like new. These door frames provide the best view of the outdoor environment because they are thin yet offer excellent strength.
Aluminium frames can come in a wide range of colours and finishes, including wood finish, so you can combine the look of wood with the durability of aluminium if you want.
Ultimately, the best bi-fold door for your home is the one that meets your specific needs but also falls within your budget range. The choice is yours.