Portfolio Type: Steel Replacement

  • Black Heritage French doors in London

    Two recent installations completed by Aspire Bifolds of black heritage French doors in London homes designed with two or more door sets, fixed glass panels and in bespoke designs.

    The benefit of choosing any of our steel-look door products and crafting black heritage french doors is getting an authentic look of Art-Deco, industrial and steel-look designs at a fraction of the cost of the genuine steel product.

    Black heritage French doors with feature gable head

    black heritage french doors and screen with gable design at the back of a large house
    A larger combination screen with consistent sightlines throughout

    Our first example uses black heritage French doors using our 70mm steel-look system. Here, we’ve crafted two sets of double doors with two sidelights in between and a series of twelve fixed panel toplights arranged as a gable head.

    Fitted to a new extension at the back of a detached London home, these doors create a bold looking set of patio doors with size and height filling the new extension with natural daylight and impressive views out to the garden. Rooflights above add a further stream of daylight in all weathers, giving a fantastic atmosphere inside this new kitchen extension.

    Black heritage French doors with sidelights in Surrey

    black heritage French doors at the back of a large london house in a Georgian style
    Designed in three banks of steel-look patio doors

    This substantial extension of a beautiful Surrey property features four sets of black heritage French doors, three at the front and a further set on the side return.

    Here we’ve used our slimline door system in the steel look with central double doors and sidelights on each side. Above the doors are fixed panels creating a popular design in the look of old steel patio doors.

    As this is a new build extension, and meeting current Part L Building Regulations for ventilation, each of these doors has a trickle ventilator, discreetly fitted at the head of each door set.

    Steel-look doors used within cladding

    steel-look patio doors in a new timber-clad extension
    Steel look patio doors within a cedar cladding extension

    A slightly different installation here, midway through its construction of black heritage French doors fitted with cedar cladding in a garden room.

    Double doors in the centre and independent side panels are coupled together to create consistent sightlines at the mullions. Slimline hinges and door handle add to the sleek appearance.

    Black heritage French doors in a dramatic home extension

    steel-look aluminium doors in a new extension with distinctive shaped roof
    Heritage doors combine with a contemporary extension

    The heritage look of our steel look patio door product, combines an offset gable head and fitted within this contemporary design to a terraced Victorian London home.

    The design of this altogether different extension has a single door at the left of the screen and a further set of double doors offset on the right. Therefore, there are two ways to access the large patio area. The smaller door for quick access or ventilation, the larger doors fully open on warmer days.


    Available in multiple combinations, glass options and with complementary windows in the heritage and industrial style, steel-look bifolding and sliding doors and even gorgeous art-deco doors for inside your home. Every one of our products transforms your property with timeless good looks, security, energy efficiency and built-to-last windows and doors.

    Crafted by the UK’s best aluminium manufacturers and fitted by our trained installers with a quality guarantee.

    As standard, you’ll get high specification door glass with toughened safety glass, a soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.  All doors come with multi-point locking, high security cylinders and a choice of period or modern door handles.

    Black, of course, is the most popular colour for black heritage French doors, but white, grey and other colours can also work really well.

    Our Epsom Showroom has a full range of steel-inspired windows and black heritage French doors in aluminium.

    Contact us today to find out how these architectural quality windows and doors can transform your home or new extension.

  • Steel-look doors in Surrey

    A substantial detached residence in Surrey glazed throughout with our range of steel look residential doors and windows.

    Our steel look doors and windows come with expert craftsmanship creating ARt-Deco, heritage or contemporary glazing. At the same time, they provide the energy efficiency, security and weather performance of modern aluminium and the latest engineering and technology .

    steel look doors surrey

    Black steel-look doors and windows in surrey

    This fine home features slimline patio doors and windows in our steel-look system. The products are both sympathetic to the original house architecture at the front and sides. At the same time, it creates a modern look at the back of the house too, with several sets of patio doors.

    Steel-look doors with sidelights

    Our best selling product is the French door set with matching sidelights. To this property, six different sets of doors create a wow factor to both the existing house at the back and the new extension.

    We make our steel-look doors differently from other suppliers. One of the most important features for getting a great industrial look is consistent sightlines. Our doors come with all the right profiles to the doors, the side and top panels and the glazing bars making up the multiple panel effect.

    The end result is a door set that offers neat lines throughout with matching lines on the horizontals and verticals. Even where the design needs added metal such as the door sashes and where the frames join together, even these elements combine to create an elegant looking screen.

    The doors come with multi-point locking, period door handles and flush bolts to the slave leaves. The familiar deep lock plate, typical of steel doors is also prominent.

    While this installation comes with standard slim bottom rails, we even offer the option of a deep bottom rail, again something found on a steel door.

    steel look doors in surrey

    Black Steel look windows

    The slimline crafted aluminium windows to this fine home come in different sizes and configurations, but all feature side hung opening out vents with fixed panels.

    Again we’ve kept the sightlines consistent throughout to each window using slimline glazing bars, dummy sashes and thin outer frames.

    The windows come as standard with multi-point locks, secure locking handles, internal glazing beads and matching black window cills.

    Heritage Glazing and high performance glass

    An advanced window also needs high specification units.

    Throughout the property we’ve used highly insulated glass units having a soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill. 

    To the doors and sidelights the glass is toughened for protection, impact resistance and as part of current Building Regulations.

    A property of this size consist of substantial glass units. Every one of these comes with hand-applied glazing bars inside and out creating the iconic steel look with the multiple panels.

    Get the art-deco look with Aspire

    Our Epsom Showroom has a full range of steel-inspired windows and doors in aluminium. Contact us today to find out how these architectural quality windows and doors can transform your home or new extension.

  • Steel look patio doors in Wandsworth

    Contemporary steel look patio doors to a Wandsworth property, supplied and installed by Aspire Bifolds.  These come fitted to a brand new garden extension at the back of a traditional house.

    Steel look patio doors in Wandsworth

    Grey Steel look patio doors in Wandsworth to a garden extension.

    This beautiful new extension in the garden of this London home is built to match the main house using the same kind of brickwork.  We supplied one set of French doors and two single doors providing a traditional style yet also entirely on-trend.

    Our range of steel replacement systems is incredibly popular today in new extensions and house renovation projects. Hinged doors such as these are the most popular style of patio doors, but we can also customise bifolding doors and sliding doors too.

    We use only slimline aluminium systems then expertly re-design these to achieve an authentic traditional or industrial look. Unlike other suppliers of these products, we don’t just apply bars to glass! Our work involves making sure you achieve consistent sightlines.  Furthermore, we also source traditional or modern door handles to finish off your new steel look patio doors perfectly.

    Steel-replacement single and double doors.

    The steel look patio doors fitted to this Wandsworth house come in our steel replacement system using thermally insulated aluminium profiles, toughened safety glass and a durable powder-coated finish.

    These look outstanding in a dark grey, finished off with Pewter door handles. The door glass is toughened with a low-emissivity coating, argon gas between the glass.  We also custom-design our glass, having spacer bars behind the applied aluminium bars on the inside and outside faces.  The doors also come with slimline hinges, multi-point locks and security door cylinder.  Every door set comes with a dummy frame section in the toplight.  As a result, the sightlines of the entire door set are consistent and aesthetically pleasing.

    Get a quote today for steel look patio doors in Wandsworth, Fulham and South London.

    We have a selection of these doors in our Epsom showroom for you to view.  Contact us today to discuss your requirements. Transform your home with these desirable single or French doors in a classic steel style and benefit from the latest trend in slimline metal doors.

  • Steel look entrance porch

    One of our rarer installations featuring our Alitherm Heritage doors used to create a steel look entrance porch.

    steel look entrance porch


    Aluminium powder coated steel look entrance porch.

    At Aspire Bifolds, we use one of the best steel look systems to replicate the appearance of old metal windows.  For example, our aluminium doors use slimline aluminium profiles, also matched with authentic aluminium applied glazing bars to the glass surfaces.

    Another way is ensuring the fine details also replicate old metal doors. For instance, the door handles sit on a feature backplate a feature of old style doors too.

    This particular installation features a double set of doors powder coated in a black colour.  The doors have a corner post on the right, with a return screen.

    The lean-to roof is from our Atlas glass roof system. Not only is the Atlas roof one of the slimmest products on the market, but also one of the strongest.  As well as creating an authentic steel look entrance porch, it also has matching black aluminium gutters. As a result, any water coming down the glass roof drains away correctly.

    Features of our steel look aluminium systems.

    The doors come with toughened safety glass, also fully internally beaded for security. The door has a multi-point lock, operated by the black handle.  The second door has flush bolts, letting you use the main door regularly as well as opening both doors when required.

    Finally, the entire installation sits on a powder coated aluminium cill.

    Contact us today for contemporary aluminium windows and doors.

    Every one of our premium aluminium products provides the best in aesthetics, performance and functionality. Contact us today or visit our showroom to view our range of steel look windows, doors, bifolding doors and internal contemporary screens. As well as top quality products, you also get a professional installation with a personal service.


  • Putney, Industrial-look Screen

    A  contemporary industrial-look screen fitted by Aspire Bifolds to a renovated terraced property in Putney, London.

    industrial-look screen

    Aluminium contemporary, industrial-look screen.

    The industrial-look screen is a very on-trend product for property renovations.  At Aspire Bifolds, we often work with homeowners wanting to replace one of the doorways in their home with a glass screen.  For these installations, our aluminium steel-look systems provide a great solution.

    Shown in this case study is the Smart Systems Heritage 47.  The Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 system is excellent as a steel look screen.  Furthermore, Smarts’ Heritage range also comes as a single or double door and opening windows. If you are interested in these elegant, industrial looking products, also replicating old steel windows and doors, they are ideal.

    Black is a very popular colour for an industrial-look screen. On this particular project, our customer chose a contemporary grey.  The window comes in RAL 7016 matt grey finish.

    To the window are our slimline glazing bars, therefore giving the desirable multiple panel arrangement.  This large window comprises over 4 square metres of glazing.  The panels come with toughened safety glass, also having a soft-coat low-emissivity coating. Furthermore, the unit edges have warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill between the glass panels.  So while an internal screen, it remains thermally efficient.

    Typical of many terraced houses is a doorway leading to the front room with a further doorway to a back room. Many of our customers choose to change a doorway to one with a fixed glazed screen. As a result they get a new large picture window providing more light than a door. These steel look screens also create a contemporary appearance inside the home.

    Contact us for prices and further information on steel-look windows and doors.

    Our images show just how good this product looks from inside and outside the home.  If you would like a quote to create this impressive industrial-look screen in your home, contact us today.  You can also view this product at our Epsom Showroom.

  • Richmond Internal Industrial-Look Screen

    Our aluminium steel replacement system, designed as an internal room divier in this Richmond home.

    aluminium room divider

    Designed with our Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47, this large screen is configured as a single door with matching side panel.

    The door has a period handle with traditional-look backplate, typical of old steel doors. Multi-point locking with security cylinder locks the door when needed.

    The door and sidepanel feature 41mm horizontal bars and 25mm vertical bars giving an authentic old metal apperance as well as a very contemporary internal room divider.  As this door is internal, no threshold sits under the door, giving a level access from room to room.

    This contemporary screen also has toughened glass units throughout and also features a raked head, following the line of the ceiling.

    steel look screen
    Richmond internal steel-look door.
    • Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 steel-look screen.
    • Doors glazed with toughened safety glass, with soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Bespoke glazing bars.
    • No Threshold
    • Black RAL 9005 matt black powder coated finish.

    If you would like our help improving your home inside or out, contact us today.  Our Epsom Showroom showcases our full range of steel-look and steel-replacement windows and doors. On display are bifolding doors, Heritage French doors, windows, fixed screen and sliding doors.

  • Clapham Industrial-look Bifolds and Windows

    An installation in Clapham, London of the latest industrial-look windows and bifolding doors.  The project is still ongoing and not completed .

    Visofold bifolds

    The work involved creating a new opening to accommodate bifolding doors and fitting windows to the existing structure.

    The windows installed are the latest Smart Systems Alitherm.  The Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 system is excellent as a steel look door and window and is one of the most authentic looking products on the market presently.  Here you can see full height windows with three horizontal aluminium bars to give the traditional appearance of steel windows.

    The bifold doors are our own creation, using one of the slimmest bifold door products on the market.  Visofold 6000 bifold doors with our own style of handle and applied glazing bars to match the windows.  Windows and bifolds are set upon black powder coated aluminium cills.

    In this brick built property, we think this industrial style of doors and windows looks great and works well with the property.

    • Alitherm aluminium windows.
    • Slimline aluminium bifolding doors.
    • Powder coated Black RAL 9005 satin finish.
    • 41mm Applied aluminium glazing bars.
    • Doors glazed with toughened safety glass, with soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Contrasting satin silver stainless steel door handle.
    • Trickle vent to the head to meet current Building Regulations.

    Our Epsom showroom has what we believe to be the biggest range of steel-look and steel-replacement systems in London.  Contact us today if you are thinking of improving your home with the latest windows and doors.


  • Industrial style sliding doors

    A garden room to a London property fitted with our purpose-designed slimline sliding doors in the industrial or steel-replacement style.

    steel replacement sliding doors

    If you are considering building a garden room as an outdoor space, home office or playroom, sliding doors are ideal.

    This garden room features our slimline sliding doors designed in the style of old steel doors. The four panel, bi-parting arrangement allows the central doors to slide behind the fixed panes for a 50% clear opening.

    Aspire Bifolds have researched the market in contemporary slimline sliding doors in the old steel style as well as the latest trend industrial look.  Using the right slimline sliding door, the correct choice of colour and specially applied glazing bars, creates an authentic steel-look door.

    • Made-to-order slimline inline sliding doors.
    • 35mm mullions for a slimline appearance.
    • 25mm glazing bars to create a multi-panel appearance.
    • Toughened safety glass.

    Our Epsom showroom has a full range of windows, bifolding doors, French Doors and sliding doors in the steel look, slimline appearance. Contact us today or come in and see us.

  • Steel-look windows and doors

    A Worcester Park house with its PVCu windows replaced with the latest steel-look aluminium windows and doors.

    industrial look doors

    The latest generation of ultra-slim aluminium windows and doors in the steel-look style are used to replace the existing PVCu windows.

    The original PVCu window are in the chamfered style with the typical aesthetics found in these types of replacement windows and in the conventional white finish.  The new aluminium windows are powder coated in a contemporary black matt finish with slimline glazing bars and substantially reduced sight lines.

    The windows are top hung opening out casement with a central bar in the industrial or steel look style. The doors are designed to replicate old steel doors even down to the thicker plate found on old steel doors where the handes are mounted. The doors also feature slimline glazing bars to create a multi-panel effect.

    The transformation to this property is very impressive with an entirely different look to the back of the house.

    • Smart System Alitherm Heritage 47 suite of windows and doors.
    • Polyester Powder Coated RAL 9005 matt black finish.
    • Slimline thermally broken sections.
    • Toughened safety glass to the doors.
    • Factory applied aluminium horizontal powder coated glazing bars.

    If you would like to see our entire range of steel-look and steel-replacement systems, visit our showroom.



  • Hackney, steel-look French Doors

    A contemporary glazed extension, transformed with our purpose-designed steel-look French Doors and glazing.

    metal look french doors

    This Hackney property with a new timber-clad extension is enhanced with our large French Door set with side and top glazing.  Manufactured from slimline and thermally efficient aluminium sections these doors are designed to create the industrial or old-metal door style.

    The thermally efficient aluminium extrusions are from the Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 range. Alitherm is one of the most authentic looking products on the market presently, creating beautiful doors ideal for a traditional or contemporary extension. These doors work brilliantly with the large glazed rooflight above to create a great space in this London home.

    • Aluminium French Doors with glazing in the style of steel doors.
    • Deep panelled bottom rails with glazing bars, creating a multi-panel effect.
    • Brass  Art-Deco door handle.
    • Powder coated Grey RAL 7016 matt.
    • Doors glazed with toughened safety glass, with soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Slimline aluminium windows fitted to the rear of the property.

    If you love the look of these fine aluminium doors in the industrial style, visit our showroom to see a full-sized door set just like this one. We also have a New York Style screen, bifolding doors, sliding doors and aluminium windows.

  • SW20 Steel-look Bifold Doors

    A recently constructed extension in South West London with our purpose-designed bifolding doors in the style of old metal doors.

    traditional metal bifold doors

    Our steel-replacement bifolding doors are configured in a five-panel design to this mid-terraced property. As you can see the extension is still under construction. The bifolding doors are from our slimline aluminium system with specially designed horizontal glazing bars. The effect is a highly authentic aluminium bifolding doors with the highly desirable industrial appearance.

    Where many other window companies convert thick profile bifolds with just glazing bars, our bifolding doors are one of the slimmest on the market. The meeting stiles are just 94mm which is outstanding for an aluminium bifold.

    We offer a choice of either 25mm or standard 41mm glazing bars. These are expertly factory applied to the toughened glass units to create the multi-panel appearance.

    • Made to measure bifolding doors in an industrial style.
    • Black polyester powder coated finish with matching black door furniture.
    • Doors glazed with toughened safety glass, with soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Factory applied aluminium powder coated glazing bars.
    • Slides to the right viewed from the outside.


  • Raynes Park, Steel-Look Doors

    A terraced property in Raynes Park, South-West London with a new extension built at the back. Aspire Bifolds supplied and installed steel-look French doors with glazed side panels. As with most of our work, we specialise in patio doors and glazing for new extensions mid-way through a project.

    traditional looking door in aluminium in a london house
    Steel look French doors Raynes Park

    The doors are made from the latest Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage suite of aluminium profiles, designed to provide the traditional or industrial appearance of old steel windows.

    The thermally insulated aluminium profiles are slimline in appearance throughout.  The doors even feature the traditional lock arrangement found on old steel doors with the thick panelled backplate.

    • Steel look aluminium doors and sidelights.
    • Powder coated in black RAL 9005 satin.
    • Toughened safety glass throughout.
    • Fitted in a new extension.

    Our showroom has some of the best steel replacement products on the market, including windows, single doors, French doors, bifolding doors and sliding doors.  Contact us today or visit us to take a look at the latest trend in replacement windows and doors.

  • Steel look bifolding and entrance doors

    The Aspire showroom installation of our very latest steel-look bifolding doors and single entrance door.  These outstanding premium quality doors are designed to provide a credible replacement for old metal doors or to give your home what is the current trend in contemporary metal look doors or aluminium products that are similar to the steel look of doors.

    steel look bifold doors

    In creating our exclusive bifolding doors we listened to the needs of our customers as well as researching what makes a credible steel-look product in aluminium.  Our desire was to replicate the slim sight lines of old metal doors while providing the latest generation aluminium bifolding doors and entrance doors to meet the demands of the local market.

    These exceptional bifolding doors offer unbeatable sight lines where the doors meet in the closed position, of just 94mm.  This critical dimension is what helps replicate the minimal proportions of old metal doors that are so on-trend and desirable today. The doors are powder coated in the highly-desirable and popular black finish.

    Many other bifolding door suppliers will take a standard product with thick door sight lines of 150mm or more and try to replicate the look, but we think this is a compromise using a basic product with little or no enhancement and does not achieve the desired effect. The impressive ultra-thin lines of our bifolding doors coupled with the horizontal aluminium glazing bars on both sides of the door glass creates a stunning metal-look bifolding door. Our glazing bars follow the thin lines of the door profiles, being just 25mm for the slimline version or 41mm for the standard version.

    The single door on display in our showroom is also very authentic in appearance, offering slimline door profiles, the horizontal glazing bars and even the thick lock plate typical of old metal doors.  This is, of course, also available as a French door or double doors with glazed lights to the side or above.

    Whatever door you choose from Aspire, we offer quality door furniture, excellent weather performance, superb thermal insulation and beautiful powder coated finishes. Aspire Bifolds has installed many of these steel look doors as well as many windows in Surrey and London properties.  Visit our showroom to view not only one of the thinnest bifolding doors you can buy but also one of the most contemporary and traditional, depending on the style of your home, and the look you want to achieve. Contact us today for prices and further information.

  • South Norwood steel replacement

    An installation to a South Norwood property of a range of windows and doors from our Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 suite.

    aluminium doors in the style of old steel doors
    A recent example of steel-look French doors.


    The Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 system is excellent as a steel look door and window and is one of the most authentic looking products on the market presently. At Aspire Bifolds, we have carried out many different installations to all manner of homes, looking for an authentic steel look window, with all the advantages of modern double glazing.

    • Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage suite of windows and doors.
    • Polyester powder coated RAL Grey 7015 matt.
    • Slimline aluminium sections throughout.
    • Toughened safety glass to doors and low level glazing.

    If you presently have old steel windows in your house, or wish to install the latest trend in contemporary style steel-look windows, New York style screens, or doors, contact us today or visit our showroom.

  • Putney Steel Look Windows and Doors

    An installation of steel-look aluminium doors and windows in aluminium to this Putney Townhouse.

    picture of steel-look aluminium doors in new extension

    The windows and doors are manufactured from Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage profiles and the internal New York Style screen from Alitherm 600 window sections.

    • Steel look windows and doors in latest generation aluminium.
    • Polyester powder coated in black RAL 9005 matt.
    • Doors glazed with toughened safety glass, with soft-coat low-emissivity coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Additional plan-on glazing bars both sides.
    • Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage profiles.
  • Teddington Middlesex Steel look-alike doors

    An installation into an existing and a new opening of the very desirable steel lookalike door and window in aluminium. The door uses the Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 system renowned for its aesthetics and similar appearance to old steel windows and doors.  Smarts Alitherm Heritage 47 provides a credible aluminium solution for the replacement of old steel windows.

    • Polyester Powder Coated, Black RAL 9005 matt finish.
    • 28mm double glazed units with a soft-coat Low-E coating, warm edge spacer bars and argon gas fill.
    • Thermally broken frames.
    • Multipoint locking to door with lever handles and espagnolette locking to windows.
    • Authentic looking horizontal bars throughout to replicate old steel windows.
    • 40mm transoms in all products to provide a consistent appearance throughout.
    • Doors manufactured from Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 door sections
    • Window manufactured from Smart Systems Alitherm Heritage 47 window sections.

    If you would like more information about our range of steel-look windows and doors or wish to view our range of products for inside and outside the home, contact us today or visit our showroom.