The popularity of colour

2017 saw a record number of homeowners and commercial clients investing in dual-coloured bifolds and, in the new year, this number is only set to increase further, according to Terry Richardson, managing director and founder of north east-based TWR Bifolds.

Aluminium has a great reputation for being strong, secure and highly resistant to corrosion and this has made it a popular choice for a wide range of projects.

In recent years, we’ve seen many people replacing PVC windows and doors – often ones that were installed back in the 80s to replace steel frames – with aluminium ones. There’s been a noticeable resurgence in the popularity of this material.

As well as its durability and sturdiness, aluminium is increasingly being chosen over PVC for its aesthetic appeal, such as slim slightlines. Also, techniques like powder coating mean that products can be coloured to match existing windows and doors – perfect for property renovations or extensions – or, conversely, to stand out.

At TWR we have invested in our own in-house powder coating facilities and we employ an experienced team to operate this specialist equipment, ensuring a consistent and high-quality finish on all of our products.

We can also offer our customers the option of a marine grade finish on their bifolding doors. This is the toughest and most durable coating currently available and helps extend the life of aluminium.

Our customers can choose from a vast range of more than 200 different colours, but the most popular combination is white and grey. The company’s in-house facilities also mean that TWR customers enjoy fast lead times on their coloured products – the standard turnaround for dual coloured bifold doors is ten weeks, but TWR can deliver these in just 15 days.

Dual colouring has instigated a rise in the number of people choosing aluminium for use on their period properties.

Windows can be coloured various shades of white, cream or even brown to fit in with the look of an older property. We have also seen several customers combining aluminium and timber; wooden windows and doors on the front of a period property help retain its character, while aluminium on the back provides a great, modern outlook onto a garden.

As well as the popular standard aluminium bifolding doors, TWR also manufactures hybrid bifolds, including the WarmCore range from Synseal. These products combine the durability and sleek appearance of aluminium with the insulating properties of PVC. With a U-value as low as 1.5W/m2K, and exceptionally long lifespans, these products are popular with clients from a range of sectors.

Over the past few years, TWR has seen considerable progress and growth, and now occupies two factories in Peterlee – 17,000ft and 25,000ft2 – and a factory in Sunderland.