How Much Are Bifold Doors? A Simple Guide To Material and Installation Costs
It’s possible to embrace the style and flexibility of bifold doors in many different guises around your home – inside and out.
Whether you’re thinking of installing some folding patio doors to bring the outside in, looking for a stylish solution for closing off a home office from the main living area, or want a practical and functional door for a narrow laundry space, bifolds are increasingly popular in modern Australian homes.
But with so many options and configurations on the market, you may be left wondering: how much are bifold doors likely to cost?
Here, we will consider the various factors that go into the cost of a bifold door, including materials and installation, as we answer the question: how much are bifold doors in Australia?
What Goes Into The Cost of a Bifold Door?
The cost of a bifold door can vary dramatically depending on a number of factors. Here are some of the key considerations:
Door Size & Configuration
As with any door, the larger your bifold doors, the more you can expect to pay. Bifold doors can range in size from a standard interior door width to an entire wall of glass, made up of multiple panels combined. Generally, the more panels and folding options, the more expensive the doors will be. Learn how to work out what size bifold door you need.
Door Location (Interior/Exterior)
Panoramic al fresco doors are likely to be at the higher end of the price spectrum, whereas an internal laundry or bathroom door will be much smaller and simpler – from configuration to installation. Many standard interior doors can be installed as bifolds, whereas exterior bifold doors are often custom made, and this will increase the cost. Exterior doors also require more hardy, resilient materials, toughened glass, and weather seals to protect your home from the elements, which will all contribute to the price you pay.
Bifold doors can be made from a variety of materials, including aluminium, timber and MDF/composite. Generally, aluminium bifold doors are the most expensive, while lightweight composite doors are the most economical. This is partly because aluminium is such a durable and resilient material, and requires it to be custom made to measure, making it a popular choice for exterior bifold doors in particular. If you choose engineered timber or composite, you will also need to factor in the cost of painting or staining your doors.
The type of glazing used in your bifold doors will also affect the overall cost. Options include single or double glazing, or toughened glass for extra insulation and security. You might be happy to save money and go for single-glazing on an interior door, but for exterior doors you will need something more insulated and energy efficient and this can push the price up.
Finally, it’s important to factor in the cost of installing your doors. This will vary depending on the size of your doors and the complexity of the job as most professional fitters will charge an hourly or daily rate. For fairly straightforward installations, you might be able to do it yourself and save on these costs by following our step-by-step guide to how to install bifold doors, but if the job is more complex or you don’t have the time, it’s best to pay for a reputable professional.
Examples of Bifold Doors
There are many different types of bifold doors available, depending on your space and preferences, so price points will vary. Here are some examples:
Standard Interior Bifold Doors
Many standard sized interior doors can be installed as bifolds, with engineered timber or lightweight hollow core options to choose from. These are the most economical bifolds and can be a good option for laundries, bathrooms or closets. Find out more about the standard bifold door sizes and the standard rough opening for closet doors.
Zone Living Room Dividers – Bifolding Options
Bifold doors can be custom made to create moveable walls between open plan living areas, or for contemporary folding wardrobe doors. 2, 4 or 6 panels can be combined to fit your space, and the more panels you need the higher the cost. At Doors Plus, we have a package that includes measure and quote, and installation, as well as all framework and hardware, with 15 designs and 8 configurations to choose from.
Al Fresco Patio Doors
For glazed bifold doors that lead out onto a garden or patio, you can choose between aluminium and timber. Aluminium is the pricier option, but it is also exceptionally durable, long-lasting and resistant to rust and corrosion – especially in harsh climates or exposed locations. At Doors Plus, we offer a package price for 2 or 3 panels of aluminium or timber bifold doors, including framing and hardware, delivery, installation and warranty.
We are often asked, how much are aluminium bifold doors and how much are corner bifold doors? The answer will depend on size and configuration. It may be that you need 2 or 3 panels across one wall and 2 or 3 panels across the adjoining wall to create a full panorama around the corner space. We can measure and quote for you, with both standard and custom sizes available.
Solid, Glazed or Mirrored
Glazed doors are the most popular choice of bifolds for maximising light flow, but the price will vary depending on the type of glass. Double-glazed is more costly than single-glazed but offers greater sound and thermal insulation around the home, while toughened glass is best for the insulation and security of exterior doors. Some designs offer half or full length mirrored panels for interior folding doors, which are particularly popular as a way to update your bifold closet doors with contemporary chic.
For up to date pricing, packages and special offers, check out the Doors Plus catalogue. You can also visit us at your local showroom and speak to one of our experts for a detailed answer to the question, “How much are bifold doors?”
What Does it Cost To Have Bifold Doors Installed?
It’s one thing to know the cost of your doors themselves, but how much are bifold doors fitted? Some homeowners choose to avoid this extra cost by installing the doors themselves, but if you’re not experienced or the job is not straightforward you may get yourself into hot water. For example, you may need to know how to frame a closet for bifold doors before you can begin the installation, or how to trim bifold doors down to size. For some styles, you may need to know how to install bifold doors without a track.
Some door packages will include installation in the price, but if not, it’s important to do your research and source a qualified fitter that you can trust. Personal recommendations are a good place to start, and you should compare two or three quotes to be sure that you’re getting a good rate.
Most contractors will charge an hourly or daily rate, so the final cost will depend on the specifics of the job. For example, a standard 2-leaf bifold door will be much quicker (and therefore cheaper) to install than a 4 panel al fresco multi-fold that has been custom made to your requirements. It will also depend whether you need to remove an existing bifold door first.
At Doors Plus, we can arrange for an experienced and highly qualified carpenter to come to your home at a time that’s convenient for you. They can trim the doors down to size if necessary, install the frame and doors, fit all the relevant hardware, and tidy up after themselves too! Many of our bifold door packages include delivery and installation in the price you pay up front, so there are no nasty surprises.
Talk To a Pro About Your Plans for Bifold Doors
As you can see, the price points for bifold doors vary dramatically, so it’s important to do your research and explore your options before making the right choice for your home and budget.
Visit us at your nearest Doors Plus showroom today to talk to a member of our team about your specific requirements and find out how much are bifold patio doors or how much are bifold doors within the home. We can help you find the right solution at the right price, and even fit it for you!