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Colours for aluminium bifold doors

Aluminium bifold doors can add substantial aesthetic appeal to a property, never more so than when the colour is just right.
There was a time when homeowners preferred a neutral grey that would show that the door or window was made of aluminium.
With their stylish contemporary lines, greys and blacks are still the most popular colour schemes on modern buildings.
But with the vast colour palette now available for aluminium bifold doors and window fittings, there is almost sure to be the perfect match for any property.
The great thing is that colours can now be combined with textures to add the distinctive sheen associated with top-quality products.
The textured finish of many aluminium door colours gives a 'shimmer' effect in certain light conditions, which a catalogue can't reproduce.
Window colours often come with a 25-year guarantee against peeling, powdering, or blistering, as well as fading or any loss of that all-important sheen.

The aluminium colouring process

These days, the aluminium used in bi-fold door production is coated in electrically charged powder paint. The coloured coating is applied as a free-flowing, dry, electrically charged powder. It 'sticks' to the aluminium, which has an opposite charge and is then baked and cured in special ovens. When the powder coating is oven-heated, it melts and cures in a chemical reaction that creates a smooth, tough finish. Powder coating can be thicker than liquid paint because it won't sag or run when applied. And the finish can be much more even and robust than conventional liquid paint. It is much more environmentally friendly, too, as there is no carrier fluid to evaporate, so it emits fewer volatile organic compounds.

Choosing the right colour

There are several points to consider when choosing the colour for your aluminium bi-fold doors or windows. The first is to choose a colour that blends well with the existing scheme. Combinations that clash are rarely a good choice. Colours should be selected that complement each other and bring out the best in the style of the property. A glance at the existing brickwork, roof tiles or other property furniture, such as downpipes and guttering, can help decide which colour to choose. Choose neutral tones for a more relaxing colour scheme, while dark or intense colours can often enhance a modern, contemporary building. Neutral tones can usually be an advantage if you decide to sell the property, as strong or loud colours may put off more potential buyers.

Colour prices can vary

Fortunately, these days, aluminium window products are robust, durable, low maintenance, and come with various colour choices. Some aluminium door colours are more popular than others, and manufacturers' rates vary accordingly. It can often be cheaper to choose the door you want from a standard range of fashionable colours, such as creamy white, anthracite grey and jet black. The more popular colours can look sophisticated and stylish in almost any setting and fit well with neutral tones. They can typically be delivered more quickly as they are often in stock at the time of ordering. Large panel sliding doors or bi-fold windows are a significant design feature in any room, and colour choice should enhance the look.

Trends in aluminium window colours

Fashion is ordinarily erratic, but most stay with the traditional options for choosing shades for patios, windows and folding doors. The trend has always been for dark grey or anthracite. This is probably because these neutral shades can give a modern feel to any home, whether traditional or contemporary. It's different with standard windows or doors, where matching the colour's window style is crucial. Georgian-style windows, for example, do not look good in dark colours, while large paned glass panels that maximise the light need an intense or dark colour to give a classy edge. Those who opt for bold colours should do so in the knowledge that fashions can change, and you cannot adapt to brightly painted aluminium folding doors if you change your mind at a later date. Patio and bi-folding doors often look better in dark colours. They enhance the sleek finish and complement the vast expanses of glass needed to improve views, particularly when the doors are open and sit one behind the other.

More on choosing doors

Sliding doors versus bi-folding
Various types of folding door
How sliding doors work

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