How To Choose The Right Bifold Doors

If there’s any place to go for help with choosing the right bifold doors for your home, it’s Hive Architectural. We have been manufacturing, fitting and installing bifold doors across the North West of England for more than 25 years.

You might’ve been weighing up the differences between sliding doors, french doors and bifold doors, but settled on the brilliant benefits and panoramic views that bifold doors afford you. Now it’s time to choose bifold doors that suit you and your property.

So what sort of things should you consider? Cost, durability, materials, U-value, components and security are likely to be important factors in the decision-making process.

If you’d like some help choosing bifold doors no matter what your requirements or budget, we’d be happy to help. You can get a free no-obligation quote by contacting us online, by calling 0161 339 9375 or by emailing

How Do Bifold Doors Work?

Bifold doors are really quite ingenious – they utilise the concertina principle and can fold both inwards and outwards allowing them to be used in a variety of ways. They are also space-saving, as they can be folded away when not in use. Unlike French doors that swing open, bifold door panels are hinged together to smoothly slide on their runners.

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Why is the quality of bifold doors so important, and what are the benefits of aluminium bifolds?

Bifold doors provide a great way to open up your home or office space and let in natural light. However, it is important to choose quality bifold doors that are strong and durable. Aluminium doors are increasingly popular as they offer superior strength, durability, and security compared to other materials.

Further to this, aluminium bifold doors also offer a range of benefits such as low maintenance requirements, energy efficiency, and affordability. When considering bifold doors for your home or office space, it is important to consider the quality of the product you are purchasing and the benefits that aluminium doors can offer.

If you fail to pay attention to the quality of your doors then you might end up with doors that leak (both internally from the weather elements and externally from losing heat), become damaged, are not secure, and let down the overall appearance of your home.

What’s the difference between aluminium bifold doors and wooden or uPVC bifold doors?

Aluminium bi-folds are usually tailored to the customer’s specifications due to the premium material. Because of this, they’re made to exact measurements whereas custom-made uPVC or wooden bifold doors might not always be so precise.

Bespoke bifold doors are the perfect solution for any unusual door opening. At Hive, we have experience manufacturing and installing bifold doors for a variety of clients and different projects – some of which you can view here.

You’ll also find that aluminium as a bifold door material is extremely long-lasting and has a much longer life expectancy than uPVC. A powder coat finish can keep your doors protected so there’s no need to keep up with repainting after harsh weather.

uPVC doors may be an economical option, but they may not have the same longevity as other materials. You should also consider the regular upkeep required of these doors to guarantee their strength and durability don’t diminish over time.

Common features of all the best bifold doors

Stylish and Secure

Hive Architectural’s aluminium bifold doors provide the utmost security for your home. The robustness and strength of our aluminium frames are designed to withstand heavy wear and tear from outdoor weather conditions, so you can be sure that your property will be fully protected.

Thermally efficient

Our bi-folding doors are not only energy efficient but also offer slimmer frames allowing more natural light into your home with large glass panels giving you much brighter living space. In addition to that, they can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save on your energy bills.

This thermal efficiency helps maintain a stable temperature indoors and reduces the amount of heat lost in cooler seasons while providing greater comfort during hot summer months.

Low maintenance

Say goodbye to the hassle of maintaining aluminium bifold doors as they require minimal upkeep – just a quick wipe down with a damp cloth every once in a while. Enjoy modern features for your home without having to compromise on the traditional aesthetics that old properties are known for.

Safe and Sound

Our aluminium doors provide enhanced security while also allowing you to maintain the temperature in your home. Compared to standard sliding doors, the aluminium frame is more slender and can hold larger glass panels which make for an impressive visual impact.

Are bifold doors weatherproof?

Aluminium bifold doors are very hard-wearing to the elements and they are the most energy-efficient choice you can make for your home. This is especially true if you opt for double or triple glazing. A powder coating further increases their resistance to the weather, by preventing the elements from entering your house.

Will they make a room feel cold?

Special thermal breaks are strategically incorporated in your bifold doors to keep the heat in and cold out. This means that these doors are never cold to the touch even during colder months.

Bifold door configuration

Bifold doors are incredibly versatile and can be set up in multiple ways to fit almost any space. From two panels or more, including bay windows and corners, they make a perfect option for almost any area.

Depending on the space you have, you can fold the sashes inwards or outwards. This way, you can have a single door by folding one side of it or if you need two doors, fold both of them in the middle. Installing a ‘traffic door’ can be very beneficial as it eliminates the need for multiple door panels making entry and exit much easier. This provides a lot of convenience and makes life simpler.

Two-Panel Bi-fold Doors

Traditionally, double-pane doors have been composed of a fixed part and another component that swings on hinges. Installing a two-pane bi-fold door can double your entryway’s size and bring great aesthetic value to it. The two parts of the unit will fit together and move in one direction, thus creating an opening on either side – left or right.

Multi-Panelled Bi-fold Doors

With Hive, you can choose bifold doors with a maximum of 7 panels that fit the dimensions of your entrance. It all depends on the size and accessibility of the space where you want to install them.

We can work with you to understand the exact number of panels suited for your space. Installing these aluminium bifold doors will drastically alter the look and feel of your living area and give it a modern edge. Essentially, you are swapping out an old wall for something trendy, contemporary and fashionable.

How much do bifold doors cost?

The cost of your bifold doors will depend on your specifications, but we’re pleased to be able to offer all customers a free no-obligation quote. Simply get in touch online, call 0161 339 9375 or email

Get in touch to discuss your project

If you still need help with choosing bi-fold doors for your property, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a huge range of high-quality bifold doors that offer weather protection, maximum light and a completely uninterrupted view from the comfort of your sofa, home office or reading nook.


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Ashton under Lyne

0161 339 9375

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