Absolutely not! That is, when they’re made from modern aluminium complete with innovative polyamide thermal break technology, of course.

Thanks to impressive panel widths and ultra-slim sightlines, modern aluminium bifold doors have become synonymous with luxurious open plan living throughout Britain. However, occasionally curious customers enquire whether bifold doors will make a room cold. This is due to the immense expanses of glass these state-of-the-art entrance solutions can achieve,

In this blog, we’ll clear up the question once and for all. Allow us to break down how low-quality bifolds can underdeliver, and how our luxury bifold doors eliminate those insulation problems. We’ll be covering:

  • Are aluminium bifold doors bad for insulation?
  • What does ‘thermally broken aluminium’ mean?
  • What are U-values and why are they important?

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Is aluminium a bad insulator?

Until thermally broken aluminium frames arrived on the scene, aluminium was considered a poor insulator. This is due to the way it allowed vital heat and warmth to escape. As a metal, it’s also a natural conductor of heat. As such, it had a reputation for getting too hot during the Summer months.

Its reputation has falsely lead people to believe that they make a room cold. The truth, however, is that aluminium insulation has never been better, all thanks to state-of-the-art thermal breaking technology. But what does this involve? Read on to find out more.

What does thermally broken aluminium mean?

A thermal break happens by positioning low thermal conductive polyamide plates between inner and outer aluminium frames. This drastically minimises heat loss. Needless to say, this has worked wonders for the luxury residential home improvement industry and inspired low energy building projects.

Thankfully, over the last decade, aluminium windows and doors have steadily developed into one of the most thermally sound construction materials available. This is all thanks to cutting-edge thermal break technology.

Applying this technology, NÜEVO HOME luxury bifold doors remain efficient no matter what. Our thermally advanced aluminium frames can make the most complex bespoke bifold door designs a reality, without ever compromising on interior warmth or comfort.  Outward or inward opening; bi-parting; 90º corner opening; we have custom made bifold doors for any home.

Why is thermally broken aluminium important?

There are numerous advantages to thermally broken aluminium bifold doors. Not only do they noticeably reducing household energy bills and keep your home insulated all year round, but they also:

  • Conduct noise a thousand times slower than standard aluminium frames. You can enjoy your new bifolds in peace and quiet!
  • Offer huge increase of natural light in your home!
  • Provide your home with a heightened sense of style, thanks to incredibly slim frames in a range of slick colours.

Our modern bifold doors offer all this, while ensuring that your house doesn’t get cold as a result!

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What is a U-value?

U-values are a way of measuring thermal insulation performance. Considering each component of the door, internally and externally, the U-value indicates how easily heat can pass through the material. The lower the U-value, the better it will perform as an insulator.

What is a good U-value for bifold doors?

Currently, UK Building Regulations require replacement external doors to have an overall U-value of 1.8W/m²K (or less).

For complete peace of mind, each bi-folding door product we offer exceeds British energy efficiency requirements, whilst offering superior air, wind, and water resistance too. Our luxury collection of bifold doors can achieve impressive U-values of:

Luxury bifold doors across Berkshire and Surrey

From on-trend large grey bifold doors to personalise a new garden room extension. Timber-look bifold door designs for a classic twist. Classic white bifold doors tailored to smaller improvement projects. Whatever it is, NÜEVO HOME make everything possible. For a better view of life, contact us today.

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