Childproofing Your Home And Garden
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Childproofing Your Home And Garden

When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.


Childproofing Your Home And Garden

Aluminum vs. Timber vs. uPVC Glass Bi-fold Doors

Ana Gonzales

There are different benefits attached to the installation of external glass bi-fold doors. They are flexible, easy to install and use and they enhance outdoor-indoor living in the property. Moreover, they are available in a wide range of designs that improve the residential aesthetics and are ideal for advancing security when used in tandem with quality locking systems. There are three types of materials commonly used in the construction of the bi-fold doors; aluminum, timber and uPVC. Consider this brief comparison before purchase of the ideal product.


The popularity of aluminum bi-fold doors is attributed to the resilience of the metal material. Narrow frames can be used to hold the glass material such that the aesthetic value of the glazing is preserved. Aluminium is not susceptible to corrosion and rust therefore it can be used in all types of environments. In addition, it is durable and required minimal maintenance to retain the positive visual impact. There are multiple designs and colour palettes available including metallic finishes which are ideal for both modern and traditional houses. The main drawback of this choice is the higher initial cost of purchase compared to alternatives. However, it is a good long-term investment which will not demand more financial input for constant repair or upgrades.


The natural aesthetic appeal of timber is the main benefit attached to installation of this material. You can also choose a wide range of finishes to suit the interior and exterior decor of the home. The timber used in the construction of bi-fold doors is typically engineered from a variety of wood layers and glued together with polyurethane. This synthetic compound mitigates the risk of damage from exposure to moisture. However, the wood layers are still susceptible to distortion in extreme weather conditions and this can lower the performance of the door's gasket seal. Doors with non-engineered wood can also be purchased but they are more vulnerable to unfavorable environments. Additionally, timber requires periodic maintenance to ensure that the appeal and quality performance is preserved.


If you are working with a stringent budget, uPVC external bi-fold doors are the best choice. The synthetic material is cheap to purchase, easy to clean and the doors require minimal maintenance after installation. On the other hand, the material is not long-lasting especially compared to aluminum and timber. The frames are generally susceptible to warping and they may gain an unattractive yellow tinge over time.

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