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Internal Doors and Screens

The current range of aluminium internal doors and screens is designed to provide a new look to interior spaces, with the same slim sightlines, contemporary or industrial styling and colour choices available with aluminium. Internal doors and screens come in several door types and window options, with the added benefit of numerous design, hardware and glass options.

Why choose internal doors and screens

In aluminium, internal doors and screens provide an altogether different aesthetic internally. Significantly thinner than timber doors, cheaper than steel doors and also coming in all glass, minimal frame or frameless designs. These types of doors also come in a wide variety of steel-inspired designs, such as Art-Deco, Heritage and Industrial found in exterior doors and windows.

Who makes the best aluminium internal doors

With established brands and new ones coming onto the market, find out who makes the best internal doors based on location and use to styling.

Internal aluminium doors buying guide and advice

Simpler to buy than exterior doors and windows, our buying guide tells you what you need to know when choosing aluminium internal doors or screens.

Quality across aluminium internal doors and screens is consistent across all the different products. Aluminium profile quality, the application of the colour finish, glass and hardware. All these features meet similar specifications, therefore giving peace of mind when understanding the makeup of the product.

Compared with wooden interior doors, hardboard doors, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), solid or hollow core. All these materials provide a different weight, price point, feature set and style.

Simple to fit, easy to buy and now widely available with quality door and window companies, aluminium now provides an alternative and highly sought-after solution to the traditional internal door materials.

The only area where aluminium does not provide a suitable product is where a fire rating is required.

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Aluminium internal doors and screens provide more opening options than other materials as well as options not available in timber or steel. Another advantage is sizes, with wider and taller doors also better in aluminium.

Sightlines are by far the biggest advantage. Door profiles start from minimal dimensions on all glass doors to around 35-70mm overall sightlines on opening doors.

Whilst still using quality aluminium profiles and glass, internal products usually don’t need the features found on similar exterior doors and windows.

Thermal insulation, high security, weather protection, double glazing and energy efficiency aren’t usually required with these products. Therefore, they tend to come at cheaper prices and also faster delivery times. They are usually easier to make than exterior glazing too.

Most aluminium-framed products use a similar construction with mitred corner joints at the frames and doors, and without the welded complexity or cost of steel products.

Single glass provides a cheaper alternative to exterior doors, although double glazed options are available when privacy, acoustics or enhanced security is required.

Advantages of using internal doors and windows in aluminium

Choose internal doors, windows, room dividers or fixed screens in aluminium and there are several benefits, only these products can deliver.

Slim sightlines are the key feature, with only steel products being marginally thinner. Aluminium components also allow the use of more glass, with many internal doors and screens coming with glass edges and only the essentials for metal components.

The choice of opening options, sizes and designs is also greater with aluminium. Hinged, sliding, folding, stacking or sliding into walls. Pivot internal doors are another recent innovation, offering wider and taller doors than hinged versions with an innovative opening and closing action.

The ability to use the same exterior doors windows and screens inside the home, allows product matching, something not usually desirable with PVCu.

Other than the genuine steel product, there’s no other material than aluminium for recreating industrial, heritage, Art-Deco and Scandi glazing.

Where you can use internal doors and screens

The current trend for slim framed glass doors and internal screens means these products are suitable for numerous uses, not just regular doorways.

Internal doors between rooms are the most obvious solution. However, choose the right product and these doors work in bathrooms, shower rooms and cloakrooms. You can divide a hallway or a larger room creating insulation, separation and clearly defined spaces.

When it comes to creating a room divider, these door types provide hinged, sliding, folding or stacking solutions. The same products also work especially when dividing a conservatory.

More recently, specialist installers are providing internal doors and screens to wine cellars, wardrobe doors, staircase doors creating storage space and even shower screens.

Which internal doors and screens are right for you?

There are specific products designed from the outset as aluminium doors for internal use. It’s also possible to use exterior-quality doors with suitable modifications such as having no threshold so the floors run through.

The steel look doors designed for internal use are dedicated products such as Aluco, Aluspace, Origin OI30 and the independent brands. These frequently feature some or the design features of the original steel product they take inspiration from.

With an expert supplier, it’s possible to get all manner of aluminium internal doors, whether fully glazed, steel-look and other designs.

Whether you choose framed or frameless internal doors, all are made to measure and there are no standard sizes avaialble.

It’s worth remembering not all products are designed from the outset as steel look. Many of these marketed as such are standard doors with nothing more than bars applied to the glass.

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The slimline nature of internal aluminium doors and screens mean they can fit within the existing door frame. Other buyers prefer to remove this too.

A specialist installer of these products can advise better on the best installation method depending on your property and existing or new door openings

Aluminium has no fire rating, so these will have to be a steel fire-rated product with the appropriate certification. Never accept fire glass fitted within an otherwise standard aluminium door.

There must never be compromise on safety and especially fire protection. Always use a qualified installer and ensure the product comes with the correct specifications and correct certification.

Do not expect internal and external glazing to match exactly. Colour matching is possible, but an exact design match is only possible if you use the same exterior-grade doors or windows inside as well.

When buying purpose-designed internal products, some styling might match, but usually the products are too different because they’re intended for interior use.

Exterior doors need to have security, energy-efficiency and weather protection. They therefore vary.

The genuine steel internal product is different from aluminium in its design and manufacture. It’s also more expensive with valid reasons for the price difference.

Beware of terms used such as Crittall® style, Crittall look or Crittall® replacement. These should not give the impression that you are getting a like-for-like or similar product to steel or this luxury brand. Only the genuine steel product whether by Crittall or other steel company gives you exactly the right look.

Aluminium takes its styling from the genuine product but can never look exactly the same.

The growing trend for internal doors in aluminium also means several online suppliers especially those selling direct for DIY or builder installation.

Be careful buying online. Many of the images shown are computer generated and you should check carefully exactly what product you’re getting as there are discrepancies with some suppliers between the images shown and the product descriptions.

Some of these are made abroad with no detailed information about the system or brand itself. You can get in touch with us for more information.

Prices and specifications vary from product to product. Some companies specialise only in interior glass products, others are provided by quality home improvement and glazing firms.

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