French patio doors offer an easy way to join your interior and your patio, giving you a spacious and stylish open living area and beautiful views of your garden.
French doors can be a stylish and practical addition to your home. They offer easy access to your patio or deck, and they let light flood into the room easily. They are stylish and visually appealing, and they make it easy for you to enjoy open plan living when you want it, and a more cosy atmosphere in the evenings or when the weather is cooler. If you have older French doors or sliding doors then upgrading them to more modern French doors with double glazing will give you better energy efficiency combined with more stylish aesthetics. It's also possible to replace a window with French doors.
French doors are hardwearing and will last for many years. Modern frames are light and durable, and are easy to clean. Modern double glazing features thermally gapped panels filled with inert gases for the best possible thermal and noise insulation and energy efficiency.
When measuring for French doors, you should take the measurements from the inside of the door frame. Take three measurements, and round them up. You should measure:
French doors come in a huge range of different sizes – as well as different styles and materials. At Aspire Doors, we offer French doors in sizes ranging from 1200mm up to 3000mm, so we're pretty confident you'll find something that will fit your door opening.
There are several standard sizes within that range, and we can help with non-standard sizes as well, using sidelights or different configurations of panels to match the size of your opening.
The standard height of a French door is 79.5 inches, and such doors are usually 6 feet wide, with the option to have sidelights to expand the width.
External French doors usually open outwards and close in towards each other. There is no central jam, and this means that they need to have strong locking mechanisms for security purposes. Because of the way the locking mechanisms works, it is important that the doors are sized appropriately and fitted correctly.
While anyone can install French doors (you don’t need any highly specialist tools), it is a job that will require a helping hand, and you should study the instructions that come with the door before you start work. Alternatively, hire an expert to do the fitting for you.
If you decide to fit French doors yourself, you will need:
You will also need the door kit, a frame, and the appropriate hardware (doorknobs, locks, etc)
Modern French doors are double or triple glazed, with safety glass, which means that they should be quite secure if they are installed correctly. You should not need planning permission to install French doors, although if they vary significantly from the look or feel of other doors in your area and you're part of a resident’s association, you may want to check with them before fitting them. We have doors in a huge range of different styles to match most properties, however, so you should be able to find something that looks good and is a fit for your property.
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