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Which material is best for your doorframe?

Choosing the right doorframe is very important and you need to be aware that each frame material has its pros and cons. Some will serve you better in different contexts. Depending on the manufacturer, the materials will differ in quality, which is why it is important to do some research before choosing doorframes. You want your doors to be durable and last for years to come, so it is worth ensuring the materials you choose are of high quality and will stand the test of time.

At Unicorn Windows we do understand that you might also be working within a budget too, and we offer you choices that address that. Here is our run-down on some of the best doorframe materials that you might want to consider, taking into account quality, function and price.


UPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride and has become a common building material because it is stable, safe and doesn’t flex. UPVC doorframes tend to be the most affordable option. UPVC also requires the least amount of maintenance and copes well with any environment. Another advantage is that there’s a large array of colour options with UPVC bi-folding doors and some are made with authentic-looking wood grain effects. So the overall look is still quite homely and rustic but with the added factor of extra durability. The downside of UPVC doors is that some can be of poor quality. However, Unicorn Windows Ltd only use high quality UPVC products, ensuring that we offer some of the very best products on the market to our customers.


Aluminum doorframes are popular options because they require very low maintenance. Aluminium does not twist or warp in response to environmental factors and won’t rust or rot due to humidity and temperature changes. Also, you don’t have to paint them. Aluminium is strong and robust yet lightweight and the frames can therefore be very narrow, maximising the glazed area. One of the downsides of an aluminium doorframe is that if you want a more traditional look, it won’t provide that visual effect.


Bi-fold doorframes are also available in timber and these are particularly suited to traditional style properties or barn conversions. If you are considering a timber doorframe we would recommend you ensure that the timber is of the highest quality you can afford. Whilst timber bi-folds can look fantastic, they do require ongoing maintenance. Wood has a natural tendency to warp and twist as a result of temperature and humidity levels and so if you compromise on quality, your frame won’t last and you will end up spending more on maintenance and replacement costs.

We hope you’ve found the above helpful. If you are looking for more information on our doors and doorframes here at Unicorn Windows you can do so here.

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