There are many patio door styles that you can utilise and incorporate into your home to make it feel luxurious and stylish while also being practical and functional. French patio doors are an extremely popular choice for homeowners, as they come with an abundance of benefits, including added security and sophisticated design. There are surprising a number of differences between a traditional sliding patio door and a French door, from the way that it opens to the style it adds onto your home. There are many reasons as to why a French patio door will look stunning on your property, so to help you to get to know more, we have answered the question ‘what is a patio door and its benefits?’.
What Is A French Door? All You Need To Know
A French patio door is a style that refers to two sections of hinges attached to the frame that allows the doors to open outwards, or inwards, to give you full use of the width of the frame. Each door is constructed with glass panels and a thick frame, of which you are able to choose various different styles and colours depending on the look that you wish to achieve.
This may come as a surprise, but the traditional French door is actually inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture from the sixteenth century. The new and improved form of windows and doors favoured light, symmetry and open spaces, and was mainly used for patio and balcony doors. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century that these stylish doors entered British architecture, and became known as French doors, as long as they had a panel of glass on each door.
History aside, French patio doors are an excellent way of letting light into your home and reducing energy bills. To give you more information about what a French patio door actually is, we will be answering the following:
- What French door styles are there?
- What are the benefits of French doors?
- What security features do French patio doors have?
- Can French Doors Come Double Glazed?
Much like our windows in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, French patio doors come in various different colours, sizes and styles depending on what you are looking for. This makes them ideal for any style of home, whether it be traditional or modern. The different styles can also be incorporated with different materials, making it perfect for various budgets. Here are the three things that will contribute to the style of your French doors:
Traditionally, French patio doors are designed with a thick frame and two glass panels. However, there are now a range of designs that can be perfectly matched with your property as well as your personal taste. A popular trend at the moment is to have French doors with rectangle or squares across the glass panels using the same material as the frame of the door. Other, more intricate designs, have also be created using the materials holding the door together. Home Design Lover has some inspirational ideas for you to take a look at before calling the Click Glazing team.
Another form of design that you will need to consider is the door frame itself. There are various different door frame designs, from arched frames to straight. These designs can also incorporate more glass panels to maximise on light entering the home. Some homeowners have even pulled the glass panels right to the ceiling, essentially making the whole wall one big glass panel. Although having an arched frame or incorporating more glass may be more of a challenge to install, when carried out by a reputable team, you can ensure that the result will look exceptional and cutting edge.
Various materials can be used for French patio doors, allowing you to choose one that perfectly matches your windows or the exterior materials of your property. A chic modern look can easily be established by using uPVC frames, which come in an abundance of different colours as well as a number of benefits, including:
- Fire safe
- Reduced condensation
- Low maintenance required
- Low cost
- Reduces noise pollution
- Various finishes available
- Adds value to your home
Aluminium French doors are also available in various colours and have an exceptional life span. It is extremely strong, durable and reliable, making it ideal for French patio doors. Due to the strength of aluminium, it means that you are able to incorporate inter-locking systems to improve the security of your home.
One of the most popular forms of French patio doors is having a timber frame. While timber is not one of the most reliable forms of material, it does mean that you are able to change up the colour every now and then depending on changing styles and trends. Timber frames are considered easy to paint, allowing you to change the colour of your frames if and when you need to. The only downside to this is that it will require a fair bit of maintenance, meaning that you will have to sand down and repaint your windows at least once a year.
Colour can be one of the hardest things to decide on when choosing your French patio doors. Due to the various different materials that you are able to pick from, it means that an array of different colours are available. From neutral colours such as white and beige to bright and vibrant colours such as red.
Although the colour range can be exciting, we would always suggest that you think about your property and long term aesthetics of the house. By using a colour that matches the properties materials but still stands out from the crowd, not only means that you are able to change to colours of your furniture and interior decorations, but it is also more likely to be appealing to potential buyers. If you have a brightly coloured window, you may find it hard to sell your property when putting it onto the market; this is because homeowners may be thinking about changing the windows, which is a big investment to make when just moving into a home.
Other than the style, there are fantastic benefits to installing French patio doors, with its ability to connect the interior of the home with the garden, even when the doors are closed. The beauty and functionality of the doors make them ideal from homes with children or for families members that require wheelchair access. Some other benefits include:
- Natural lighting – you are able to utilise natural lighting to your advantage through the two glass panels. Natural lighting helps to make the room feel bigger and brighter, even during the winter, as well as allowing you to reap the health benefits associated with natural lighting.
- Improves airflow – on a sunny day, you are able to open the French patio doors, even if you push one door ajar, helping to improve the airflow around your property.
- Durable – French patio doors are made from high quality materials, giving you a reliable and durable patio door with a long lifespan.
- Energy efficiency – draughts are eliminated through the materials that have been designing with high-quality seals, meaning that you can experience reduced energy bills.
- Increased property value – French patio doors can grab the attention of a potential buyer due to their stunning design and improved security.
- Wider access – unlike sliding doors, French doors have the ability to open wide, making it ideal for those that require larger frame.
All patio doors come with their own benefits, and it is important to make sure that you research the materials and style that you wish to incorporate onto your property before contacting a professional. If you are unsure about which type of patio door is best suited to your home, then take a look at Homebuilding & Renovating’s handy article.
Most French patio doors will have a three to five-point locking system, giving you peace of mind that you and your family can sleep safe and sound. These bolts are on the top, bottom and middle of the door, making it hard for someone to kick down the door by putting pressure on a particular part of the frame. The modern design also incorporates strong materials and make it hard to crack or weather over time, ensuring that your patio doors remain safe and secure.
Although the majority of the patio door may be glass panels, it doesn’t mean that you are reducing the security of your property. Glass can be fitted with low-E coatings and tempered glass, making it considerable hard for someone to break into the glass. Please feel free to speak with the team for more information about how to incorporate secure glass panels with your windows.
A lot of clients ask us whether they are able to have double glazing in Milton Keynes or in the surrounding areas when having a French patio door fitted. Every window or door fitted by Click Glazing is available in double glazing, and we strongly advise clients to think about the type of glazing they have on their property. Although double glazing may be a bigger investment, especially if you are having the whole of your property renovated in terms of windows and doors, it is most definitely a worthwhile investment.
Due to French patio doors being largely glass panels, it does mean that double glazing is extremely important. There are several benefits to incorporating double glazing, such as:
- Better installation
- Reduced noise pollution
- Increases security
- Reduces monthly energy bills
- Reduces condensation
Installing French Patio Doors
French patio doors add an element of sophistication and functionality to your property along with an abundance of benefits. When planning to have French doors installed, always ensure that you have a reputable team that specialises in window and door installation. Click Glazing provides windows, doors and conservatories in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, so are more than happy to implement your vision. Contact the team today for more information about our services and range of products.