Making Use of French Doors
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Not only do uPVC French Doors look good when used as external openings, they are also quite popular to use inside the home to separate different living areas.
For larger openings, side panels or fan lights can be incorporated, although they are generally more suited to openings which are medium size.
Although opening outward is probably the most common version, there is nothing to stop you having inward opening doors.
Whichever way you decide to have them opening, the locking mechanism should be a good one, it’s also important to install good locks and handles for your external French doors because of the double leaf configuration.
French Door Features
When used externally, they are excellent at keeping out the weather and retaining heat through use of energy efficient glass and storm-proof seals. Also, because the frame and doors are less likely to expand and contract like traditional wooden French doors, they remain flush fitting and eliminate loss of heat through those old wooden, ill-fitting and draughty frames
It’s important to install good locks and handles for your external French doors, because the double leaf configuration (where the handles & locks meet in the middle of the opening) can sometimes be less secure than single openers.
However, dead bolts, dog bolts & multi point locks can remedy this (Picking, levering and drill resistant locking systems are readily available).
All uPVC French Doors can now come in a range of colours; white, however retains that “classic” French door look that homeowners seem to love. Specialised mouldings can also be used to give the frames extra character, which can work well when combined with the new finishes that give the look and texture of wood.
- You can view our article on How much French windows cost to buy & install. or UPVC French Door Designs