Comparing the Origin and aïr bifolding doors – which is best?

Photo of author

Nick Dardalis

Updated on

Origin and aïr bifolding doors are two brands that share many similarities. But which is best? In this article, we take a look at the various features of the Origin and the aïr 800 bifolding doors to help you compare the two.

origin and air bifolding doors

If you are presently thinking about the excellent Origin bifold, but are also wondering what other bifolds to compare it with, we think the Air 800 bifolding door is a contender.

Only Origin make their bifolding doors.  Similarly, only Everglade Windows make aïr 800 bifolding doors.

Why compare the Origin and Air bifolding doors?

Two of the most commonly compared bifolds on the market are Origin and Schuco. In fact, one of our most read articles compares Schuco and Origin. We think if you are comparing the Origin and the Schuco door, then the aïr door should be considered as well. Close examination of the aïr 800 door reveals it to have more in common with Origin than the Schuco ASS70 Folding Door does.

Both Origin and Aïr bifolding doors offer more personalisation options than Schuco doors. As good as Schuco doors are, when compared to Origin and Air bifolds, the Schuco product is quite ‘standard’ in what options are available. Origin and Air give you a more bespoke bifold, outside of the colours and configuration options available with virtually any bifold.

That said, the brand prestige of Schuco is one of the reasons why so many people compare it with others. We now give you an alternative to consider as well.

origin and air bifolding doors
Both Origin and air 800 doors are excellent. We recommend you study aesthetics, feel and individual selling points of each.

Similarities between Origin and Aïr bifolding doors.

Three things make the Origin and Air bifolding doors similar and worth comparing. They also separate these bifolds from many other bifolding door systems including the Schuco bifold.

  • The extensive manufacturer product guarantee.
  • Air and Origin doors are only made in-house. Schuco doors are not.
  • The manufacturing expertise and reputation of the companies behind Origin and Air doors. Many manufacturers make Schuco doors.

It goes without saying, that both Origin and aïr doors are top quality bifolds. The differences in the products are mostly aesthetic, so we take a look at their key features.

 Air 800LSOrigin
Guarantee25 years20 years
AvailabilityAir Dealers or Air ZonesOrigin Dealers
Aesthetic appearanceFlatChamfered
Low Threshold OptionYes with weatheringYes without weathering
Colour matched sealsNoYes
Door Sight Line122mm154mm
Security6-point Secured by Design8-point Secured by Design
Single and French door optionYesYes
Maximum Leaf width and height1200mmx3000mm1200mmx2500mm
Anti-finger trapyesYes
Woodgrain Option as StandardNoYes
Standard colour availabilityYesYes
Textured Powder Coated FinishYesYes
Glazing thickness available28mm, 36mm or 42mm24mm, 28mm or 32mm
Double Glazed U Value1.4Wm2K1.6Wm2K
Floating Mullion requirementNoYes
Premium hardware optionYesYes
Colour matched door hardwareNoYes

What is the better bifold? Origin or Air?

As our table shows, there are several differences between both products, but this does not necessarily make one door inferior to the other. Each bifold has its particular set of features and unique selling propositions. Some of these will appeal to a buyer, others are not as important to them. Origin is the bigger brand with a huge network of Origin dealers that sell the product.  Aïr doors are gaining traction as awareness of these products becomes greater. Air doors are largely only avaialble in the South of England presently.

Sight Lines.

bifolding doors for apartments.
Air folding doors provide specifications other leading brands do not such as thin lines, improved engineering and weather performance.

For sight lines, the air door is thinner than Origin. The air 800 bifolding door offers virtually identical visuals to the Schuco door with its 122mm sight line where the folding panels meet. Origin is 154mm.

Sight lines on bifolding doors are very subjective. It is evident the trade believes the slimmer bifold is what the customer wants. However, the best-selling bifolds on the market such as Origin, AluK or Smart Systems are wider. Our view is that the clients look at the aesthetic of the overall product and not just one area of the doors.

Origin doors when configured as a two panel or four panel bifold, all sliding in one direction need a floating mullion.  This adds an additional profile to the one side of the doors which some may not like the look of. Air doors do not need a floating mullion in the same configuration. That said, the sheer popularity of Origin doors by sales volume would demonstrate neither the thicker sight line or the floating mullion is a concern to the majority of buyers.

Maximum leaf sizes.

Many systems will heavily market the capability of their doors in achieving heights of 3000mm. The reality is that doors for most home extensions and renovations are rarely specified at this height.  The same applies to doors marketed at 1200mm wide.  It’s great for those that want wide door panels.  The reality is, in the fully open position, most won’t want this much intrusion into their inside or outside space from three or more doors folded open.

It is also important to throw some balance into the size limitations of bifolds. It is easy to simply assume from publicised figures that one door is available taller than the other. The reality is these systems are designed to be flexible and meet client needs.

The size capability of a door shows what is possible with the system. Our advice is if you want an Origin door, but your size is 2700mm high, don’t assume it is not possible. A narrower leaf can often mean a taller door. So talk to your local installer or contact us.

Hardware Options.

Both Origin and Air bifolding doors offer a choice of standard or more premium hardware. Furthermore, Origin provides colour matched components as well as coloured Q-Lon Seals. Again the colour matching of hardware is down to personal preference. Some customers want white seals with their white doors, and others do not.

Some customers like the contrast of a grey door with stainless steel handles and components, others like to colour match. The availability of these different features gives the clients something to consider as part of their overall buying decision.  Both doors are excellent in the choice of hardware offered to customers with Origin tipping the scales on the variety offered, including colour matched Q-Lon Seals.

The product warranty.

We understand that Origin and Air bifolding doors presently offer the longest guarantee in the industry. We know from talking to Origin dealers that the 20-year warranty is what sells Origin to the homeowner. The air 800 bifolding door offers a 25-year warranty.

The quality of any guarantee is down to the small print, and your local Origin or Aïr dealer will explain this in detail. More importantly what these two great guarantees demonstrate, is the confidence Origin and Everglade Windows have in their products.

Origin and Everglade make their doors and nobody else. Both doors have quality hardware and components. The product quality is controlled at every stage of the process. What these guarantees also demonstrate is the aluminium expertise of both Origin and Everglade Windows. It is all of these factors that enable these doors to come with a long warranty.

origin ob-72 and ob-49 bifolding doors

Origin and air bifolding doors provide a bespoke, made to order bifold and the latter is certainly a contender for the Schuco bifold.  Both types of doors give you the option of matching French or single doors as well.  One benefit of the Origin system is the complete range of windows, entrance doors, garage doors and front doors all with an excellent warranty and the opportunity for one complete system in the home. A customer looking for an air door won’t find the same matching suite, but they will have the choice of the wider window and door brands on the market to choose from, as Everglade manufacture several systems.

The range of wood effect colours available with Origin doors also gives Origin a competitive edge for homeowners wanting a woodgrain bifolding door (with matching doors and windows).  The wood effect finish with other aluminium systems is on much longer lead times.  Origin is the only bifolding door manufacturer we know of offering woodgrain folding doors on the best lead times in the industry and in a good choice of wood finishes.

Want to see the best bifolding doors? Contact us.

Many people compare Origin doors with Schuco.  We think the air door provides a more ‘like for like’ product regardless of how good a Schuco door is.  Contact us if you would like further information on these two excellent bifolds.

Providing expert help to homeowners and trade professionals since 2010




Get Free help finding the right products from the best suppliers

16:42 30 Oct 23
Nick responded incredibly quickly to my enquiry (on a Saturday too!), and was able to offer invaluable advice on both aluminum systems and manufacturer / suppliers. Thanks Nick!
chris steerchris steer
16:18 09 Oct 23
Had a meeting with Nick during the grand designs show. Was extremely helpful and professional would highly recommend
Chris WesthorpChris Westhorp
19:55 13 Sep 23
Extremely helpful with pointing us in the right direction to find the products we required and suggesting firms that could reliably fit them.Nick was quick to reply and very detailed in his advice.Highly recommend reaching out to them.
Cathy GreenwoodCathy Greenwood
07:03 11 Sep 23
Update - A second email to nick for help on bifolds resulted in a detailed informative reply even on a Sunday ! This guy is so knowledgable and helpful .I approached Nick for an independent view on sliding doors v bifold and the different brand options . His reply was extremely detailed and prompt and allowed me to navigate this often confusing world in a much more informed way . Thanks so much Nick
Anthony CraigAnthony Craig
12:45 05 Sep 23
This is a must site for anyone looking for advice. Great service and very quick answers to questions. Nick has been of great help quiding us through the maze of aluminium products. Thank you
Philip DuffieldPhilip Duffield
20:24 26 Jul 23
I contacted Nick @ ATS for guidance on what aluminium sliding door systems would be suitable for an opening in an extension that is going to be both wide and tall. He came back really quickly with very detailed and incredibly helpful advice. He is clearly extremely knowledgeable about the systems on the market and their respective features and capabilities. If you’re feeling a bit lost by the overwhelming range of choices out there, I’d definitely recommend contacting him.
Dariush HekmatDariush Hekmat
17:25 19 Jul 23
Nick's advice is great. He is always quick to respond and spends time on responses, which really help to make an informed decision.
Alan FosterAlan Foster
07:51 12 Jul 23
Absolutely fantastic. Asked for advice about replacing Crittall (?) windows late last night and early this morning received 3 great suggestions and contact information for suppliers
Rachel LauRachel Lau
09:24 16 Jun 23
Fantastic website full of valuable and pragmatic advice about product selection and comparison: no other website gives information like this. Truly written for public interest. Don't hesistate to reach out to Nick via the mailing system. He responds very quickly, is friendly, and has very sound and high knowledgable advice. I have already shared this with my friend planning her own grand design.
guard Charlieguard Charlie
12:28 14 May 23
I emailed this company just on the off chance they could help me with new magnetic sliders for my patio door. They were not able to supply those but were so very helpful providing me with the name of a company who could. I am so very grateful at the great service. Dare say customers must be very happy. thank you so much.
Benjamin LewisBenjamin Lewis
10:06 04 May 23
Nick is very helpful indeed. Extremely knowledgeable on bifolds which was in relation to my query. Great website as well, some very useful articles. Particularly appreciated the article that lists all the major bifold options in order of their sightlines! Thank you!
P JonesP Jones
08:07 15 Apr 23
I asked Nick some questions about an installation we were considering and he replied within hours with some very useful suggestions that will probably lead us to using a different make and supplier. Thanks, Nick. Great work.
Nicholas WallNicholas Wall
13:18 02 Apr 23
Looking for fair and honest expert advice on all aspect of aluminium windows and doors? These guys will arm you with all the information you need to make the RIGHT choice in a highly complex, crowded marketplace. post a question and you will get a very quick professional answer you can rely on being based on fact. Thanks guys!
Giorgia SiriacoGiorgia Siriaco
16:25 21 Mar 23
After a lot of research to find doors that would meet our unusual size requirements and feeling increasingly uncertain about the best way to spend our small budget, I stumbled on the ATS website, and I'm so glad I did! I contacted ATS to request advice and Nick promptly replied with a wealth of information, providing us with options and relevant contact details. I only wish I'd found them sooner!
Carol NortonCarol Norton
10:01 17 Mar 23
I've been so confused about how to achieve the look I'm after, and going round in circles with various window/door companies, trying to get away from the huge chunks of plastic currently around my windows. I didn't expect an email to a company found through a Google search to really help - but I was desperate, so I tried. I'm SO glad I did. Finally I have clear explanations from ATS of where I've been going wrong, exactly what I'm looking for, and a list of local companies that might be able to provide it! The response has excelled my expectations and I feel as if I'm finally inching closer to a home with which I'll be happy and comfortable: thank you.
David NunnDavid Nunn
20:54 14 Mar 23
It is rare that I write reviews, however after my very positive communication with Nick - enquiring about suitable slim sash aluminium windows for my project, I felt that a review was definitely warranted. I can reinforce the many positive reviews posted so far, Nick was very quick to respond, providing comprehensive detail, with excellent independent advice.In summary, great service, thank you Nick.
Chantal AuerbachChantal Auerbach
13:04 09 Mar 23
Nick from Aluminium Trade Supply was incredibly helpful informative and pleasant to deal with. He responded quickly to emails and was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend being in touch with Nick if you are considering new aluminium windows or doors.
Lee JonesLee Jones
20:21 22 Feb 23
I dropped Nick at Aluminium Trade Supply an email re high security slim sightline bi-folds and their alternatives and he responded that quickly (and so comprehensively) that I felt bad I’d not paid him for his time!Nick Sir your product knowledge is outstanding and you are providing a level of service that goes wayyyy above and beyond expectations. I’ll definitely make sure I mention Aluminium Trade Supply to anyone I encounter looking for a fenestration solution 🙏🏼
15:13 13 Feb 23
We are looking to replace some old UPVC patios doors with aluminium ones. The ATS website is a great source of advice in an area where clear information is sorely lacking. Having used the website, I then followed this up with a number of specific questions relating to our search, and Nick came back very quickly with clear, detailed and very useful advice.I have been very impressed with both the website and with Nick's advice. My only regret is that I didn't come across ATS before replacing various windows in 2021 - I'm sure it would have saved me a lot of grief and money! Thanks again Nick.
Azza McCabeAzza McCabe
17:47 01 Feb 23
So impressed with this company.Responded to my query quickly andgave valuable advice. Nick was extremely helpful and we were able to move forward with our project.
Adri LoloçiAdri Loloçi
11:21 08 Jan 23
Nick was super fast to respond and provided some great recommendations. I would recommend this website to anyone looking to find bifold or sliding aluminium doors.
Stephen HoustonStephen Houston
16:16 03 Jan 23
Looking for aluminium crittall style internal door and external patio French doors. Noted good reviews and thought would ask for advice. Comprehensive reply with excellent independent advice and lists of fitters who could provide products and installation. Great service.
Inga GeachInga Geach
08:25 21 Dec 22
Nick from Aluminium Trade Supply has been extremely helpful with navigating the jungle that is aluminium glazing for our upcoming extension project. His advice was prompt, detailed and always impartial. Very grateful for your input, thanks Nick!
Amanda BurtonAmanda Burton
10:54 16 Dec 22
Brilliant website and an excellent service. Nick provided not only detailed advice and supplier contacts, but highlighted the considerations of various products so I could make an informed choice. Our Sunvista minimal sliders were fitted this week and I couldn't be happier, stunning. Thanks once again for your advice and recommendations, invaluable!
Keith BarnesKeith Barnes
17:18 10 Dec 22
Very helpful advice given to my question, including the name of 3 different companies that i could try for the product being enquired about. Many thanks
Munim ChowdhuryMunim Chowdhury
11:45 13 Sep 22
Nick has been very helpful on signposting me to a number of partner organisations for steel/aluminium doors.
SUSAN wallaceSUSAN wallace
17:26 31 Aug 22
My experience with this firm was exceptionally good and this is notalways the case as a female, dipping a toe into technical waters.I was spoken too with courtesy and at a level that helped me consolidate what was needed .On top of that I was given a list of companies and places where I could obtain the type of product I needed.I could not thank them enough and would certainly go there again and reccommend others do too.
Paul SalterPaul Salter
22:39 22 Aug 22
Contacting Aluminium Trade Supply is like contacting the Oracle direct. Advice is always comprehensive and balanced. On multiple occasions they have provided me with options that fully meet our objectives. Many thanks.
Nick McCormackNick McCormack
20:25 14 Aug 22
Really helpful and useful came back to me on a Sunday with some invaluable information. Highly recommended.
ray addisonray addison
13:14 14 Aug 22
received a prompt reply to my query,and helpful information from ATS