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Types of French Doors: What Are My Options?

French Doors Types

Boasting chic, pared-down aesthetics, the french doors types on offer are truly endless. A highly adaptable style, uPVC French doors suit a variety of different homes, from old, rustic farmhouses through to modern, new-build properties.

Similar in style to patio doors, French doors are often mistaken for this door type. So what`s the main difference between them?

Unlike patio doors, which operate on a sliding rail, uPVC French doors open inwards or outwards, providing easy access to the garden for cosy, compact homes.

This extends the available living space during the hot Summer months. While patio doors offer comparable advantages, they are generally suited to larger spaces.

With the above in mind, we guide you through the styles on offer, weighing up the pros and cons of each, assessing their respective costs, while providing a breakdown of the installation process so you know what to expect...

What are the Main French Door Types on Offer?

French doors come in a variety of sophisticated styles to match your existing backdrop.

Currently, there are three main options to choose from: interior, sliding, and external French doors. So how do the styles compare? Let`s explore each one in turn...

OPTION 1: INTERIOR FRENCH DOORS:

Interior French doors provide a seamless transition between rooms, helping you create an inviting and spacious interior that sets the right impression.

OPTION 2: SLIDING FRENCH DOORS:

Sliding French doors offer ease of access to outside areas, providing ample turning space for additional flexibility.

While they feature in all types of houses, larger property types are naturally suited to this style due to the lack of space restrictions. 

OPTION 3: EXTERNAL FRENCH DOORS:

External French doors open outwards, providing instant access to your patio space.

Featuring expansive glass panels, they welcome in natural light, providing the antidote to dingy interiors!

Alongside Upvc, are There any Other Materials Available on the Market? 

Although uPVC is ubiquitous in modern homes, both wood and multi-foil are also widely available.

While both materials have their merits, they tend to be more expensive, making uPVC a preferable option for those on more limited budgets.

However, if your property is listed, or situated in a conservation area, your local council authority may restrict your choice of material.

In these instances, wood is typically used to retain the existing aesthetics, and blend seamlessly with a historic backdrop.

For listed properties, hardwood is definitely advisable; it is far more resilient than softwood, reducing long-term maintenance requirements. If in doubt, a quick call to your local council can help to set the record straight.

Alternatively, homeowners in exposed areas of the country may wish to opt for multi-foil. A structurally sound material, multi-foil is built to last, making it a smart, property investment for those with bigger budgets.

What Kind of Price are We Talking for uPVC French Doors?

Given their simple design, uPVC French doors are one of the most cost-effective styles on the market. Generally speaking, both size and material determine the final price you pay.

Both wood and multi-foil are typically at the top end of the price range, with uPVC proving the most affordable. Regardless of your chosen material, you should collate at least 3-4 quotes from credible, local contractors.

This will enable you to compare products and prices, while gaining an overview of accurate prices concerning the scope of the work.

If you require additional building work, the cost will be substantially higher, reflecting the extra labour and materials required to complete the project.

What Does the Installation Process Involve?…

Thankfully, the installation process itself is surprisingly simple. In most cases, your new uPVC French doors can be installed in less than a day.

After a quick clear up of the surrounding area, you`re pretty much good to go!  However, if the space is relatively limited, or exhibits an awkward shape, building work may be required.

If this applies, your contractor will create an opening in the wall to make room for the installation. Needless to say, this will increase the final cost, with this preliminary building work taking 3-4 days on average.

After checking the measurements and opening, and replacing the existing framework, the doors will be added to your home.

For exterior French doors, additional security measures should be incorporated into the hardware to prevent potential intruders and protect the interior space.

Ready to upgrade your home? Our range of uPVC French doors add a sense of finesse to your home, at a highly affordable price.

To explore the options on offer, or get some expert glazing advice, simply call 0800 1700 636!

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