The right patio doors will bring your home and garden together into one light, airy and flexible living space; they can not only transform the aesthetic of your home but also the way you live on a day to day basis.
Types of patio doors
French doors are the simplest type of patio doors on the market and are an ideal option for homes with small openings onto the garden. Typically they are glass double doors that can open either outwards into the garden or into the home.
Large panes of glass that slide horizontally are perfect for larger openings and provide a wider, less obstructed view than French doors. They are fitted on tracks which enable them to slide across and sit behind another pane of glass.
Bifold doors enable you to open up the access to your garden completely. They are made up multiple smaller frames which will concertina back on themselves. They don’t require a threshold at the bottom and offer great flexibility in terms of how many frames are open at one time.
Which patio doors are right for you?
Choosing the right patio doors for your home is a task that needs a professional on hand to advise and guide you through your options. Here are a few things you need to consider:
If you’re looking install doors in an existing space your choices will obviously be more limited than when building a new conservatory or new build home. It may be possible in some cases to make structural changes to the home to accommodate the patio doors of your dreams, but this will add labour, expense and will need to be approved by your local authority / building regulators.
If a full view of the outside is important to you you’ll need to consider the glass to frame ratio of the doors when they are both closed and open. For example, when fully open bifold doors provide a completely unrestricted view while in the case of sliding doors there will usually be at least one pane of glass obstructing your view. However, when closed sliding doors are more like full length windows with minimal framing while bifold doors have multiple smaller frames that may not be as visually appealing when closed.
Design and materials
Whatever type you choose, it’s a very good idea if your patio doors are suited to the overall aesthetic, age and design of your home. The door frames can be made from a variety of materials including wood, timber, aluminium, UPVC or even combinations of multiple materials. There’s also a wider range of finishes and colours available than you might assume, so don’t be afraid to explore bespoke design options.
Both French doors and sliding doors require a frame which means there will be an unavoidable raised threshold between the inside and outdoors. In the case of bifold doors the threshold can be minimised so the floor is relatively equal on either side. With no significant guard in place there is a risk of water seeping in from the outside if not installed with the correct drainage, so make sure you check with the installer how this is prevented.
Very broadly speaking, French doors are the cheapest to purchase falling somewhere between £1,500 – £2,000 (including labour and other materials). For sliding doors you can often pay in excess of £1,800 and, finally, bifold are the most costly with each individual leaf of the structure costing £1,000 – £1,300.
However, when calculating the likely costs involved you need to consider the price of the doors themselves, the labour costs and also any structural adjustments like lintels that may need to be introduced.
If you’re not sure which patio doors are best for your home and budget it’s important to get professional advice. We recommend speaking to multiple suppliers so you can compare both their advice and the price of the job.
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