You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.

skip to main content

Origin Doors

< Advice Centre

NanaWall vs Origin, LaCantina and others: which bi-fold doors are right for you?

Like many customers, you might ask how the Origin Bi-Fold Door compares to the aluminum folding doors made by NanaWall, another US brand. Both are modern, high-quality options, but there are some differences between the two systems.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we’ve compared the Origin Bi-Fold Door to NanaWall’s SL73 Folding Wall, as well as two other popular bi-fold door systems on the market:

  • LaCantina Folding Door
  • Fleetwood Folding Door System

Compare by:

NanaWall vs Origin vs LaCantina vs Fleetwood

Operation

All bi-fold doors work the same way, stacking off to the side to leave a wide-open doorway.

One choice you have is whether to include a lead door. This is a main access door you can use without having to fold back all the panels each time.

All four door companies give you the option of a single inswinging or outswinging lead door.

Why choose Origin?

With the Origin Bi-fold Door, if you choose not to have a lead door but you specify an even number of doors folding in the same direction, you can still open the doors in the middle, as the two central doors act as a double lead door.

Configuration and size

When buying bi-folds, you must specify how many door panels you want. This will depend on:

  • the size and positioning of your door opening
  • the minimum and maximum dimensions of panels the manufacturer can accommodate (see the table below)

However, because Origin, NanaWall and others make their doors to measure rather than sell them in pre-made sizes ‘off the shelf’, they can be very flexible when it comes to configuration. Although there are some restrictions on size, most customers will request doors that fall well inside the manufacturers’ range.

You must also decide in which direction you want the doors to fold. You can choose doors that fold left, right or a combination of both. All four manufacturers offer many different solutions here.

It might be that you’re looking to install corner bi-folds. Origin, NanaWall, LaCantina and Fleetwood all offer corner bi-fold doors as part of their range of products.

How do the products compare?

 

Origin

NanaWall

LaCantina

Fleetwood

Number of door panels

2–20

2–12

2–20

2–16

Maximum width (full set)

65 feet

38 feet

65 feet

Unknown

Maximum height (one panel)

120 inches

120 inches

120 inches

144 inches

Maximum width (one panel)

48 inches

38 inches

39 inches

42 inches

Direction of folding

Left or right

Left or right

Left or right

Left or right

Corner bi-folds available?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Why choose Origin?

When it comes to options around configurations and size, there’s little difference between the four products. However, it’s worth repeating that Origin doors are custom-made, meaning we can manufacture them to fit almost any size of opening.

Thresholds, drainage and hurricane protection

It’s vital that exterior doors are weatherproof. Though all doors are made to be weathertight, their ability to keep out rainwater does depend on:

  • the type of threshold they are installed with
  • whether they have built-in drainage

Thresholds

The threshold is the track along which folding glass doors slide. It can be weathered or non-weathered.

  • A weathered threshold has a raised lip to create a tight seal against the door. It’s designed to provide better protection against rainwater and bad weather.
  • A non-weathered threshold does not have a watertight seal. This means it is only really suitable for internal bi-fold doors or sliding patio doors that open onto a sheltered area.

Comparing the four manufacturers shows that they each give you the option of either a weathered or non-weathered threshold.

Drainage

The best-quality bi-fold doors supplement their weathered thresholds with a built-in drainage system that prevents rainwater pooling in the bottom track.

If you’re looking for doors with a drainage system, only Origin and LaCantina can meet your needs.

Origin’s Bi-fold Door has pre-prepared drainage routes that help direct rainwater away from your property. It uses either face drainage or concealed drainage, which you can read more about on this page.

LaCantina’s folding patio door has a drainage system, but requires the flooring of the patio, deck or other outdoor living space to be lower than the weep holes to allow proper drainage. This could be a drawback if you want your indoor and outdoor spaces to be level.

NanaWall’s Folding Wall lacks this pre-prepared drainage, which means you’ll need to modify the track to make it fully weatherproof. This could not only put you at risk of suffering water damage but possibly invalidate your warranty too.

Hurricane protection

If you live in a region which is prone to hurricanes, look for bi-fold doors that:

  • have passed Florida’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) testing
  • incorporate laminated glass and a weathered threshold (see above)

The HVHZ checks make sure doors use special locking mechanisms that protect homes against:

  • very strong wind and rain
  • debris
  • extremes in air pressure that can cause a building to collapse

Origin, NanaWall and LaCantina have all undergone and passed these tests.

How do the products compare?

 

Origin

NanaWall

LaCantina

Fleetwood

Choice of weathered or non-weathered threshold

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height of weathered threshold

0.6 inches

Unknown

1.94 inches

1.88 inches

Built-in drainage system

Yes

No

Yes

No

Watertightness (as measured via pressure test)

600 pascals

440 pascals

250 pascals

220 pascals

Suitable for use in High Velocity Hurricane Zone areas?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unknown

Why choose Origin?

As explained above, not all high-quality bi-fold doors combine the performance of a weathered threshold with built-in face drainage or concealed drainage. Origin’s Bi-fold Door comes with both these options, giving you the peace of mind your home will be fully weatherproof.

Origin’s products have also passed Florida’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone testing.

Thermal efficiency

Thermal breaks

Because aluminum is a natural conductor, it can draw air from outside into your home—whether the air is hot or cold. This is why the best bi-fold doors have a thermal break.

Made either of metal or plastic (polyamide), this component helps restrict the flow of heat through the aluminum, meaning:

  • a lower U-factor
  • less condensation
  • a more energy efficient home

Read more about thermal breaks here.

Origin, NanaWall, LaCantina and Fleetwood all equip their doors with a thermal break.

Glazing

In terms of glazing options, we recommend you go for either double-glazed or triple-glazed panels. Avoid single-glazed glass if you can.

  • Double glazing provides excellent thermal efficiency and is suitable for most homes, even those in particularly hot or cold climates
  • Triple glazing is slightly more efficient but comes with a higher cost

All four door companies offer the option of double or triple glazing.

 

Origin

NanaWall

LaCantina

Fleetwood

Fitted with thermal break?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available with double or triple glazing?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

U-factor (double glazed)

0.34

0.48

0.38

Unknown

Why choose Origin?

Again, there isn’t a significant difference between the four doors. Most reputable bi-fold door and sliding door manufacturers invest heavily in research and development to make sure their products are as thermally efficient as possible, and Origin is no different.

The Origin Bi-Fold Door has some of the lowest U-factors on the market, and has been awarded the Energy Star service mark, a certification that it meets a number of energy efficiency criteria.

Security and safety

Choosing any kind of external door means considering how it will keep your home fully secure and safe. All high-quality bi-fold doors are designed and manufactured with these elements in mind.

They come with a range of security features that make them safe to use while ensuring your home is invulnerable to break-ins. Some of these features include:

  • a multi-point locking system
  • a secure cylinder lock
  • finger-safe gaskets
  • a strong handle and hinges

To read more bi-fold door safety and security, click here.

How do the products compare?

 

Origin

NanaWall

LaCantina

Fleetwood

Multi-point locking system?

Yes—a unique 8-point locking system

Yes—locks at 4 points around the frame

Yes

Yes—dual-point lock

Finger-safe gaskets?

Yes

No

No

No

Lead door strength-tested?

Yes

Yes

Unknown

Unknown

Why choose Origin?

When it comes to security, the Origin Bi-Fold Door has a big advantage over its competitors. Although 3-point and 5-point locking systems are common throughout the industry—with five points being the minimum recommended for proper security—Origin doors better this with their unique 8-point locking system.

Of the four products compared on this page, the Origin Bi-Fold Door is the only one to come with finger-safe gaskets that stop homeowners catching their fingers between door and jamb.

Shipping speed and lead times

When buying bi-folds, you’ll want to know how long it will take for the doors to be manufactured and delivered for installation (called the ‘lead time’).

The lead time is one area in which bi-fold door manufacturers can vary quite significantly.

It’s common for doors to take 5–12 weeks from the date of order to be delivered and installed. Comparing the four companies here, there is something of a difference between them.

A key business advantage Origin has is that it designs, develops and produces all its bi-fold doors in-house and has a large degree of control over its supply chain. This means it can ship doors in its most popular colors in just three weeks.

NanaWall, LaCantina and Fleetwood all manufacture their doors in the US, but may source their materials from suppliers in Europe or other parts of the world, which can lengthen lead times (see the table below).

How do the products compare?

 

Origin

NanaWall

LaCantina

Fleetwood

Manufactured in the US?

Yes—Florida

Yes—California

Yes—California

Yes—California

Typical lead time

3 weeks (depending on product)

7–9 weeks

5–7 weeks

5–12 weeks

Why choose Origin?

A major benefit of buying from Origin is the speed at which you’re likely to receive your doors. If you order doors in one of the company’s most popular colors, you can expect the installers to arrive in as soon as three weeks.

Read more about Origin’s lead times here.

Related content

Bi-fold door size and configuration FAQs

Double and triple glazing for bi-fold doors—how to choose between them

Share this article on social media: