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Patio Doors: The Basics

Don’t know your French door from your standard patio door? Unsure of how many folds there are in a bi-fold door? Choosing your patio doors can open up a whole new world of choices and terminology. Here are the basics.

Patio doors are a great way to integrate your inside and outside space. They look fantastic whatever the weather and can lead out into a conservatory or onto decking, patio or straight into your garden. As the sun continues to shine, we take a look at the different types of patio doors.

French Doors

French doors require enough space to fit two large panels. They are a great way of bringing the garden into your home, and vice versa. Consisting of two glass doors, French doors offer fantastic views, and allow plenty of light into your home. uPVC double glazed French doors will help to keep your home light and warm, whatever the weather. On a glorious summer’s day, you can open both doors wide and feel the warm summer breeze in your home, giving the impression of additional living space. Dine al fresco or sit inside and enjoy the views of your garden; French doors allow you to make the most of your space.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are a great option if space is an issue. They take up zero extra space when opening, and offer incredible, unobscured views of your outside space. Sliding patio doors work well on a room with a smaller garden or patio, or on a conservatory, by allowing you to minimise the amount of garden that you are “losing” with the addition of the conservatory and doors. If you have the space and the views to accommodate a whole wall of at least four glass panels, sliding patio doors allow for uninterrupted panoramic views.

Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are the ultimate way of expanding your living space by merging outdoor and indoor spaces. The concertina formation of the bi-fold door allows you to open up a whole wall, or part of one. If you want a wide entrance, the bi-fold door is probably your best option; make your patio or decking an integral part of your living space as one area flows seamlessly into the next.

When it comes to choosing the type of patio door that best meets your needs, it is best to speak to a patio door installation specialist. They will be able to talk you through the options available, offer advice and guidance on the best use of your space for your home, needs and budget, and discuss materials for the door frames.

With a little help and investment, patio doors can help you to add real wow factor to your home.

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