Despite some pretty questionable summers and bitterly cold winters, here in the UK we remain optimistic about the weather. We try our utmost to bring the outside in and allow that natural light to flood our homes. What better way to take full advantage of the good weather than including more windows into your property.
What options do I have?
French doors are a great additional to both period and modern houses. These are commonly provided by window suppliers.
- Forget the design issues of the 1960s, you can now buy modern, sleek designs are readily available and can hide those hideous frames
- You have the option to make them into ‘pocket doors’ which can cleverly fit into wall compartments
- A great choice for a large glazed area as sliding door panels can be much larger than windows.
Folding Sliding Doors
- These are easy to maintain and usually run on tracks within the floor.
- Installing folding sliding doors will help to reduce the blockage when fully opening the doors.
- These doors usually fold in a concertina effect and therefore you need space either end for the folded doors to sit.
What materials can I choose from?
- Aluminium is the perfect choice for modern homes, allowing for very slim frames on doors and comes in a variety of styles and finishes
- If you are considering purchasing french doors because you are looking for something to suit your traditional-style home, then a timber frame might be the best option for you. Softwood will be the cheaper option, however this does require more upkeep when compared to hardwood frames.
- Doors with aluminium exteriors and timber interiors provide the best of both allows you to appreciate the aesthetics of the timber whilst the aluminum provides protection against weathering.
Does glazing differ from one door to another?
With the minimalist trend remaining very popular and sightlines as small as 60mm, this requires greater quality of double glazing. Any large window area will mean there is a potential for heat loss and you will need to choose your glazing carefully. Brand new windows must comply with certain Building Regulations and must meet the minimum U values of 1.6. However you can often pay for a higher spec, or even triple glazing. Standard double glazing is usually between 24-28mm thick. It commonly has a low e-coating which helps to improve energy efficiency.
What will they cost?
On average you should look to pay around £1,200 per linear minute (plus VAT). Most retailers will ask for some sort of deposit to be paid beforehand and then the outstanding balance to be paid upon the delivery.