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French Doors, Folding Doors, Sliding Doors – Which to choose?

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What with the much anticipated arrival of summer, we rush to make the most of what sun we are granted in the UK, and perhaps the best place to enjoy this is in our own back gardens. A glazed door will open up your home, connect you to your outdoor space and can make all the difference to providing natural light. With various options available, we discuss how to choose the perfect door to suit your individual space.

The world of doors is sometimes overwhelming. We offer practical planning advice to help you choose what is right for you. French doors, sliding doors and folding doors are all perfect for bringing the outdoors in but how do you know which is the most suitable for you and your home space? When making this decision you will want to be considering:

  • The View
  • Your indoor and Outdoor Space
  • Your desired home style
  • Privacy
  • Room Temperature
  • Budget

We take a look at each of the timber door options available to you and the benefits of each.

Timber Sliding Folding Doors

Perhaps one of the biggest trends for 2018, particularly when it comes to rear extensions, garden rooms and open plan living/dining spaces, a sliding folding door can completely open up the back of your home. The door leaves can be designed in various different pane numbers and span up to fifteen metres. You also have the option of being able to open one door as a single leaf door if you want to gain access without opening up the whole expanse.

If you are looking to make the most of the views of your garden space these doors are ideal, as you can create large expanses of glazing the door leaves fold and stack to the side to allow a seamless connection. Each door leaf can span up to one metre wide so you will need to consider the correct number of door leaves for your space. These doors offer by far the best option for achieving interrupted space when open. When closed, views are similar to the sliding patio but if you are looking to achieve large uninterrupted panes of glazing when closed you may want to consider a sliding patio door as door leaves can span up to just over three metres.

Bereco timber folding sliding doors open outwards so as not to interfere with indoor space and are designed with Brio UK hardware, who are at the forefront of the industry. Brio is passionate about shaping the spaces in which people live, work and play and is recognised by architects worldwide as a leading design and manufacturing company.

The epitome of style, Bereco timber folding doors slide effortlessly to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space. These doors sit perfectly in a modern, contemporary home but also work well alongside traditional styles. Essentially, your home, budget and style will determine which door is best for you but if you are building a new opening and you want to connect with outdoor space and create a feature talking point in your home then the sliding folding door is the one for you.

Timber Sliding Patio Doors

Similar in price to that of the folding sliding door, sliding patio doors are popular in that they work well with large openings, yet without interfering with indoor and outdoor space. They are also perfect for smaller openings and can be designed in door panels from two to four.

The real beauty of a sliding patio door is that the door panels can span up to just over three metres each thus enabling you to create large expanses of glass without interruption, which is perfect for making the most of your views. Easy to use, these doors slide effortlessly and can span a total width of thirteen metres for a four leaf door. Bereco sliding patio doors are available with Traditional and Contemporary beading meaning you can select a design which is suitable to you and your space.

There are three locking types available from handle operated inside and outside to operated with only a grip (internally openable only). These doors are perfect for the modern home and ideal for extensions, kitchen, dining and living room spaces. Also ideal for bedrooms leading onto a balcony space as the doors open without affecting indoor and outdoor space.

Timber French Doors

The most cost effective of the options, however, perhaps the most versatile in that you can create various designs by incorporating sidelights and fanlights which are fixed glazed units either side of the doors, and above. French doors can open in or out so you do need to bear in mind that doors will interfere with indoor or outdoor space. If opening out, Bereco timber french doors are designed with a handy devise which restricts the door leaves at 90 degrees ensuring that they do not blow back in the wind and cause damage.

French Doors Bereco

Breco timber french doors are available in a Traditional flush design and lipped design with a choice of Contemporary or Traditional beading which means you can select the perfect partner to tie in with your window of choice.

For period homes, french doors are quite often designed with Georgian bar patterns which can be specifically tailored to you. When open double leaf doors have what we call a ‘flying mullion’ meaning that the space is uninterrupted when open. As door leaves are available up to just over a metre you can still create large expanses of glazing which maximises your views. Bereco timber french doors are available with a single or a double handle depending on your preference. These doors are ideal for smaller existing openings and for larger new openings you can play around with various sidelight combinations to create your desired look.

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