French Doors for Your Home
French doors leading to a patio are the quintessential look. But if you want to have it, what are the things you need to consider before embarking on the project?
In our humble opinion, the most important factors are likely to be:
You could probably add energy efficiency to the list, but lets look at the four above.
The locks on your french door are vital to keep you secure. Look for multi-point locking systems accompanied by 3 or 5 lever mortise locks. Deadbolts will also be a good addition to the top and bottom of the frame. Adding a centre post makes the installation stronger, but it does interfere with access and some say spoils the view.
The classic look (as seen on the right) is to have small panes. you can choose the configuration. 2×3 is the least, but you could go to 3 wide and even 4 or 5 high.
The material makes a difference. Wood grain upvc is very nice, as is hardwood or aluminium. However, hardwood and aluminium cost more than upvc.
UPVC French doors should last at least 15 years if you get a good quality product. Aluminium can go for 30 years or more. Hardwood can also last decades but needs a lot of TLC.
Your cheapest option will be softwood, but they are known to cause headaches keeping them in good shape, Softwoods expand & contract a lot, so you could have fitting issues during long dry or wet periods. Painting is another chore.
Engineered timber is a better option, however it’s a costlier one.
UPVC or Aluminium need very little maintenance. UPVC is considerable cheaper than Aluminium for a French door.
So, in summary and in our opinion, UPVC French doors make an excellent option to revitalise your home.