What are the best types of garden doors?

If you are currently making do with just a single door that backs onto your garden, you may be more than unsatisfied with your current patio door.

One of the great aspects of installing patio doors is, by comparison to a bigger project such as an extension, they are comparatively affordable.

There are, of course, more flashy styles of patio door that will cost you a pretty penny, but this is not necessarily always the case. If you are considering how to transform the back of your home, here are some ideas.

Do you have an entrance to your garden? If you don’t then you should really consider bringing your garden inside in time for summer by installing a patio door such as a bi-fold door, french door or sliding door.

One of the great aspects of installing patio doors is, by comparison to a bigger project such as an extension, they are comparatively affordable.

There are, of course, more flashy styles of patio door that will cost you a pretty penny, but this is not necessarily always the case. If you are considering how to transform the back of your home, here are some ideas.

Cost-effective doors

The most cost-effective doors to install in your home are likely to be one of two types:

  • French doors: these are two panels that swing out into your garden. They are classic, elegant and will seamlessly blend into most patios.
  • Sliding doors: again, very popular for patio doors and are two panels of glass that slide across each other.

It’s true that sliding doors may perhaps let in more light as they are likely to be made of two see-through panes, whereas French doors can come in a range of designs, some of which are not fully glass.

Sliding Patio doors

Both of these are likely to be your cheapest options, as they’re not particularly expansive in size and they come in a range of materials. In order to get the cheapest deal, you should opt for a white uPVC frame.

The reason for this cost-effectiveness is simply the ease at which it is possible to make white uPVC. If you are planning on opting for larger glass panes, then aluminium may be a better option.

In fact, because of aluminium’s strength and durability, you may have no option but to choose metal frames for your garden doors if they are particularly tall and wide.

More expensive options

Generally speaking, garden doors will be more expensive if you add more panes of glass to them. For example, sliding doors will be relatively cost-effective if there’s only two of them.

However, if you make this more complex by adding a third, then you can expect quite a substantial price increase. The height and width will also add more of a cost to your installation, but these will add more light and an illusion of space to your room.

It’s also worth considering bi-fold doors. These are arguably the most ‘trendy’ in terms of style, but their ability to pull completely to the side using a concertina effect will create an open pathway into your garden.

They create a glass wall effect, that is only revealed as a door if you decide to unlock it and open it. This style of garden door is perfect if you want to create a more open-planned space.

What you choose for your garden door may ultimately come down to style preference and price.

Be reassured, though, that even if your budget is slim, you can still get a stylish and elegant patio door for a relatively small price if you opt for uPVC. You may need to switch to aluminium for larger projects, but the general aesthetic will still be the same.

Will replacing my front door be too expensive?

The front door is one of the most characterful features of any home. Not only is it threshold that visitors cross to get into your home, but it can often be a marker of your personal taste. Older, less attractive front doors can often prompt homeowners to start overhauling the exterior appearance of their home and start browsing for a replacement.

The front door is one of the most characterful features of any home. Not only is it threshold that visitors cross to get into your home, but it can often be a marker of your personal taste. Older, less attractive front doors can often prompt homeowners to start overhauling the exterior appearance of their home and start browsing for a replacement.

If you’ve been considering replacing your front door, here are some aesthetic considerations, as well as some price points to weigh up. If you’re wondering what Double Glazed window prices are then read this article for clarity.

What do you want it to look like?

Multi coloured doors

Before you go browsing largely based on price, do make a consideration about what you would like your front door to look like. For instance, do you want it to be made out of wood so you can change the colours every now and then, or would you like a plastic version for low maintenance?

You can also find a happy medium, known as composite doors. These combine a multitude of materials such as insulating foam, wood, and PVC; ideal if you want your front door to act as a heat-trapper as well as a design feature. These are also a happy compromise if you’re looking to achieve an authentic wood-finish, but want a combination of materials that work far more effectively at keeping drafts out. Contact our team to find out about composite door prices, as well as the total cost of composite front doors supply and fit.

Why pay to get it completed professionally?

The truth of the matter is, installing your own front door replacement is incredibly tricky. You will need to remove the interior casing of the entrance to get an accurate sense of the size of the front door you need. If you aren’t naturally gifted with DIY skills, then this could be an incredibly dangerous process. If your front door is warped or is just not fulfilling its purposes for you, you are far better off contacting a professional to fix the issue.

Call for a quote before you make your mind up

The best way to decide if the price point is right for you is to call first and get a quote. Talking to a professional can give you a sense of how long the process will take and what you can expect to pay when replacing your front door. Getting an accurate quote will also help you to budget for your new door and save up for a replacement based on real figures, not just a rough estimate.

The best way to find out if your new front door meets your budget is to call for a quote. We do doors and we have extended experience of fitting them, and so if anyone is going to give you a fair, accurate estimate, it’s us.

Sometimes, it pays to find an effective replacement. The front door is not just the window into the soul of your house, but also a means of keeping it warm and safe.

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