Features Designs & Prices for uPVC French doors
For a long time, French doors have been considered as a traditional style for period homes and heritage real estate, but that is fast changing. UK homeowners are beginning to shift towards UPVC French Doors for new homes and renovated properties.
If you are considering installing patio doors on your property, we think it’s going to be useful to know why people are installing uPVC French doors and so this piece will walk you through everything you need to know about French doors, including tips on how to choose the right door for your property.
What are French Doors?
French doors are like the conventional doors that you know; they open outwards or inwards like a regular front or back door but come as a matched pair. The doors stand side by side within an outer frame and open from the centre where the doors meet.
They can be fitted to open either in or out, with the left or the right hand door being the “master” door (the one that opens first).
Fitting Upvc French Doors
As with any side hinged swinging door, you need to bear in mind that there is going to be a practical width limit because the doors will become too difficult to handle and there will be too much strain on the side hinges.
The average single door dimension runs from about 700mm to 840mm – so the average sized set of uPVC French patio doors would be double this at around 1400mm to 1700mm.
The narrowest and widest set of French doors available would be from 900mm to around 1900mm (the width of both the doors taken together).
Once you add the outer frame width to this (75mm x 2) that means, for a single set of French doors the practical maximum width will be around 2000mm to 2200mm.
There is also the same thing to consider with height and you could expect to see standard doors go up to 2200mm. Where you have a wider or higher opening in which the doors are to be fitted, you can add side or top panels. If the opening is wide enough you could always fit 2 set of doors side by side.
What are the main design features, of external UPVC French doors?
UPVC has unique properties that make it possible to come up with endless customized designs for home and property doors. UPVC material does not rust, fade or rot, these properties make it easy to maintain and often homes fitted with UPVC doors go for more than 15 to 20 years before repair work is due on the doors.
UPVC can be glazed with high-quality glass to make it even more durable and secure, this gives French doors their famous “high-security” property. Also concerning security, a multi-point locking system can be installed as standard.
A classic French door will have lots of smaller glazed panes within the door. With UPVC versions, this effect can be achieved by using a full length double glazed units with Georgian bar inserts or by applying decorative Georgian bars to the surface of the glass.
Another important feature of UPVC French doors is their energy saving properties. The material reflects heat from escaping or entering the house, thereby protecting the home from external heat during summer and preventing heat loss during winter.
Here some of the reasons why most people seem to be choosing UPVC French doors.
- Low maintenance, cleaning is easy and convenient.
- The colour possibilities are extensive with UPVC French doors.
- Long lifespan – you can expect decades of use.
- Energy efficiency levels are excellent with double or triple glazing.
- Security – toughened glass with internal window beads and multi-point locks.
- Low threshold options give ease of access to all.
- Readily available with suppliers all over the UK
uPVC French Patio Door Colour & Surface Finishes
Using a colour or textured finish does have a price implication and can add anything from 10% to 20% to the cost of the frames (see guide below).
Colours range from brilliant white, black, grey, Chartwell green, to cream or even light Oak or Rosewood.
How much is the average cost of uPVC French Doors?
At first glance, the cost of installing a uPVC French door to a UK home may seem high but it is actually more economical when compared to other door types.
Since UPVC patio doors are more secure, energy saving, durable and require low maintenance, a home fitted with UPVC French doors will save more on costs in the long run.
Utility bills will come down, you will not spend much on security and maintenance and above all once installed you can go for decades before repair work or replacement is due.
The actual cost of installing an external uPVC French door will depend on the features that you want on the door. Things like additional locks, the finishing, and the number of glass panels will affect the total cost.
But just so you have an idea, installing a good uPVC external French door in the UK will cost you on average the following (some without fitting costs)
|Approx size in mm||Specification||Price range|
|900 x 2200||2 doors / White||£450 to £500 supply only|
|1800 x 2100||2 doors / White / Georgian Bars||£1,000 to £1,200 fitted|
|1800 x 2100||2 doors / Rosewood / Georgian Bars||£1,200 to £1,300 fitted|
The bottom line
Installing a UPVC external French door is a great way to improve the appearance and value of a home. It is one of the current trends in home improvement and rightfully so. If you are thinking of fitting a UPVC door to your home, here is a summary of everything that you need to know:
- Durable and low maintenance
- High-level security
- Enhances the value of a property
- Many colour options
- Saves energy
- Attractive classic or modern styling.
- Initial costs of purchasing and installing a UPVC external French door.
- The number of available feature choices can be overwhelming at first.
- Width limitations for side hung doors.
- Inward opening doors interfere with internal space.
- Can be blown open or closed by strong winds.