Material choice will influence patio and bi-fold door prices considerably

Prices for patio and bi-fold doors can vary quite considerably. One of the biggest contributing factors to patio and bi-fold door prices is the material they are made from. At the budget end, a basic-specification uPVC sliding patio door could cost as little as £500, while a premium set of aluminium bi-folding doors tend to be more expensive to cover the higher costs of the materials and high-quality components: prices range up to around £5000, depending on size and specification. At Premier we can offer a selection of doors made from energy-efficient uPVC and aluminium. 

uPVC patio, bi-fold, and French doors

uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) doors have long been a popular choice for UK homeowners due to their durability, security, and energy efficiency. uPVC doors are made from a strong and durable plastic material which is highly resistant to weathering and damage. These doors are very secure, as they feature multi-point locking systems and reinforced frames. Additionally, uPVC doors have excellent thermal insulation properties, helping to reduce heat loss and reduce your energy bills. They also require very little maintenance, making them low-cost and hassle-free over the long term. uPVC doors come in a variety of styles and designs to suit any home, so you can find one that matches your existing aesthetic. 

Aluminium patio, French and bi-folding doors

Aluminium doors are lightweight, durable and secure. They provide excellent thermal insulation and are ideal for both residential and commercial applications. Aluminium doors are available in a wide variety of styles, colours and finishes to suit any design preference and budget. They are corrosion-resistant, so they can be used in the British climate without fear of rusting. Because of the inherent strength of aluminium, it's possible to have larger panes of glass mounted in sleeker frames with much slimmer sightlines. Additionally, they are easy to maintain and can last for decades with minimal maintenance required. Aluminium doors provide an attractive, modern look that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any home. 

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What are the main factors that affect bi-fold and patio door prices?

Several factors can affect the cost of your bi-fold or patio doors, including the number of panels, glazing options, level of security, hardware and door furniture, the colour or any woodgrain effect finishes, professional installation and the length of any guarantee.

The number of panels: the width of the opening and the number of panels required will affect the overall door price - the more panels, the more expensive it will be.

Glazing options: Choosing between standard or high-performance double glazing with low-emissivity coatings will increase the thermal performance and energy efficiency of bi-fold doors but will also add to the cost. Our doors come with toughened glass for added peace of mind. This means the glass is five times stronger than regular double glazing and is less likely to break if accidentally struck. And, if it does break, it shatters into small blunt pieces rather than dangerous long sharp shards, making it easier and safer to clear up.

Level of security: All bi-folds from Premier come back with excellent levels of security, but not all do. Some cheaper alternatives may compromise the quality of security hardware to achieve a lower price. When choosing bi-folds, don't forget to factor in how much you value the peace of mind that added protection brings.

Colour and finishes: Standard colours such as white, black, and anthracite tend to be cheaper than custom colour upgrades. Realistic woodgrain effect foils can also add to the overall cost.

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What else affects bi-fold and patio door prices?

Other factors that will affect the cost of bi-fold or patio doors include:

Hardware and door furniture: Premium hinges, handles and locking mechanisms all add the longevity and quality feel of a bi-fold door but also add to the price too. The colour choice and finish of any hardware fitted can alter the overall price of a door too. Thankfully, our range of bi-folds comes with high-quality hardware as standard at affordable prices.

Professional Installation:  Some companies may try to appear cheaper online by quoting a 'supply-only' price, but unless you are an expert installer yourself you're going to want your bi-fold doors fitted too. All Premier prices include expert installation by our team of trained fitters.

Guarantee: A lengthy guarantee - both for the manufacture and the installation - is a sign of a quality product and worth paying a little extra for. Premier bi-fold and patio doors come with a 10-year Insurance Backed Guarantee, which covers you should anything ever go wrong.

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Black aluminium bifold interior

Are bi-fold doors more expensive?

Bi-fold doors can be more expensive than traditional hinged doors and sliding patio doors, but the exact cost will depend on the type of door you choose and the size of your opening. Generally speaking, bi-fold doors use more complicated hinges and locking mechanisms and also require more complex installation procedures, which may add to their overall cost.

However, bi-fold doors are also incredibly versatile and can be used to transform a room in a range of different ways, making them a worthwhile investment for many homeowners. Additionally, bi-fold doors are available in an array of styles and finishes that make it easy to find an option that meets your needs and budget.

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