French or patio doors – which ones will you choose?
As homeowners, we are constantly looking to improve the look and layout of our homes; this way, the home in which we live becomes more adaptable and versatile as our needs change.
In many properties across the country, many people are recognising that the outdoors can also be useful additional living space during the warmer months but, for many, there is a barrier that prevents them from ‘bringing the outside in’: access.
However, there is a solution in the shape of French or patio doors.
The great things about French or patio doors is that they can be custom made to fit any home, in terms of both size and aesthetic appeal, but choosing the right set of doors to connect the interior of your home to the garden is an important decision… and one with not everyone will get right!
And so here, we offer 5 tips for making sure you get the right French of patio doors for your home…
Tip 1: Swinging French or patio doors
Many people like to idea of throwing the doors open on a sunny day and letting the warmth and sun flood in BUT, there is one drawback with these doors which mean that they may not suit every home: space.
How your doors open and close is important; for those with limited space, sliding doors are a great alternative. Don’t forget in recent years, bi-folding doors have increased in popularity and in effect, offer the best of both worlds.
Tip 2: Don’t skimp on size!
Many people opt for French or patio doors that are too small for the space that they occupy. Designers suggest that the connecting between the interior of your home and the outside space should be strong; in other words, create a wide open space that really does allow the interior of your home to flow into the garden and vice versa.
Tip 3: Don’t forget about energy efficiency…
Having wide French or patio doors are all well and good but, with all of us being encouraged to make our homes more energy efficient it can seem sheer folly to add a window that could potentially be letting out a huge amount of precious heat. ALWAYS opt for the most energy efficient French or patio doors that your budget will allow.
*Worried about privacy? Opt for frosted or partially frosted glass*
Tip 4: Easy to maintain
Some designs of French or patio doors on the market today look fabulous, but check how much maintenance they need to keep them looking good, especially if you predict you will be using the doors on a regular basis.
Tip 5: Materials
Just like choosing the best glass in terms of energy efficiency, choosing the right frame material of your French or patio doors is essential too. Ideally, you want your patio doors to blend with your home, complementing the look of the property, not work against it.