Category: Self-Build

Open up your living space with timber patio doorsets

There’s nothing more uplifting than the sun shining and the smell of freshly mown grass – and the promise of BBQ’s being fired up for some al fresco dining.

It doesn’t get much better, does it?

It’s in our nature to welcome the warm weather with open arms and to grab onto every last moment, as we’re never too sure how long it will be here to stay.

To make the most of the longer, sunnier days, timber patio doorsets are a welcome addition to any home and can really open up your living space. From traditional French two door designs through to folding and sliding options that have large floor to ceiling panes of glass, patio doors let the light in and work to blend your indoor and outdoor living spaces – all year round.

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No matter how big or small your home, patio doors are a real option worth considering if you want to make the most of your very own great outdoors whilst welcoming in plenty of natural light to make your rooms feel more spacious and airy. They are also a solid investment and something that will enhance the appeal of your property should you come to move in the future.

There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing the best solution to suit your home…

1. Design: When it comes to design, there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward openings.

A good starting point is to think about the operation of the doors. A traditional French patio doorset is a good replacement for a window, or if you have a small opening that you want to make the most of. A sliding mechanism can also be the most practical solution in a small area. On the other hand, if you have a larger opening to work with, a full folding sliding patio doorset will really open up the home.

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Next, choose a design that’s complementary to your home and don’t be afraid to have fun with the design for example adding bar detailing.

2. Configuration & operation: if you opt for a French doorset then consider whether to add side lights to allow extra light to flood in. 

If it’s a bi-fold patio doorset that gets your vote then you’ll not only need to consider the amount of doors required, but also the way the doors open. Folding sliding doors can be configured with a full set of doors that fold and slide back together, or with a single independent opening for added ease of daily access – whichever works best for you and your family.

And don’t forget to consider whether you want your doors to open in or open out, it may sound obvious but this decision can have a big impact, especially if space is limited.

3. Finish: as with the design, the type of finish you go for will often be influenced by the look of your existing windows. Opting for timber patio doorsets that are supplied fully factory finished will take away the initial stress of finishing them yourself, plus you can choose from a vast array of paint and stain colours.

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Oak patio doorsets have high-end appeal, whereas paintable materials such as hardwood or softwood will allow you add interesting paint finishes so you can be as bold or harmonious as you like.  Paint finishes such as slate grey and conservation green are very popular of late and add a touch of personality, white and black are classic choices.

4. Energy efficiency:  patio doorsets as with other exterior joinery products offer varying levels of thermal efficiency. Opting for a patio doorset that offers Low-E coated double or triple glazed units with low U values can increase your home’s energy efficiency and keep heat in which will ultimately save you money on your energy bills.

5. Security: this is usually the number one concern for us all.  When choosing your patio doorset look for ranges that offer high quality hardware including multi-point locking systems. For added peace of mind choose a patio doorset with Secured by Design specification. 

Whether the warmer weather is set to stay or the summer is cut short, with patio doors you can be sure to make the most of your outdoor space whilst making a real difference to your indoor environment, come rain or shine.