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The different types of patio doors

The installation of good quality patio doors can transform the way your home looks and feels. There are a wide range of exterior doors available, how do you choose the right doors for your home? Let’s have a look at types of patio doors on the market.  

Sliding patio doors –  

Sliding doors are usually two glass panels, with one or both sliding. Also, sliding doors have been a popular choice in homes for many years. 

 The sliding doors do require a big enough wall to accommodate two large panels. A generic glass sliding door is usually fixed at 80 inches in length. However, the width might range between 60 – 72 inches and is exceedingly dependent on the amount of space you have to install it. 

People with limited house or patio space opt for this type of door because they don’t need any room to open inwards or outwards. The large glass panels also increase natural light, which is amazing for a small space.  

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French doors –  

French doors are a pair of doors that opens out into the garden. They are a sleek and traditional addition to a property. French doors are best suited to small openings, so if you have limited wall space this might be the best option for you. The standard exterior French door sizes are: 24 inches wide by 80 inches high 

The doors are often paired with casements windows on each side, to allow extra light into the property. With modern sealing they’re the perfect option for a British homeowner, offering excellent insulation in colder months and allowing you to open the house up to the sun in warmer months.  

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Bifold door –  

Bifold doors are the newest type of door to hit the market. They are a multi panel unit that open in a concertina fashion. This type of door has become very popular in modern house designs. They replace a large section of the wall and create an indoor, outdoor living environment.  

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Doors, Which One Is Best for You?

There are many different types of doors you can have in your home. For example: 

  • Wooden
  • Glass
  • Pocket
  • Aluminium
  • Roller
  • Pivot
  • Metal  
  • UPVC
  • Fiberglass
  • Flush
  • Dutch   
  • Sliding
  • Roller  
  • Hollow core
  • Hinged  
  • Veneered Timber
  • Composite  
  • Bi-fold exterior
  • French   
  • Panelled  
  • Barn
  • Saloon
  • Steel
  • Battened ledged

The best doors to use in your home  

  • Wooden  
  • Glass 
  • Fiberglass 
  • UPVC  

Pros and cons  

Wooden Pros 

  • Considered to be secure  
  • Wooden doors complement all styles of homes 
  • Decent wooden doors start around £100 and upwards  
  • Noise reduction  

Wooden cons  

  • High maintenance – you need to paint and varnish a wooden door re-applying as it weathers 

Glass pros 

  • Natural light – It does not matter if the glass is clear, tinted, low iron or satin it will not block the natural light. 
  • Strength – Toughened glass doors are known for their strength and durability. 
  • Glass is easy to maintain 

Glass cons 

  • Lack of privacy – You can see straight through glass but this can be sorted. 

Fiberglass pros 

  • Durable – Pet friendly, people friendly and weather friendly. 
  • Performance – Energy efficient Saves money on energy bills 
  • Easy maintain 
  • Versability 

Fiberglass cons  

  • Price – Fiberglass doors are more expensive. 
  • Sizing – The material is not easy to cut, so this is not great for exterior doors that are not normal size. 
  • Installation – The entry system comes with a full unit with the frame, it must be installed by an experienced professional. 

UPVC pros  

  • Durability 
  • Ventilation  
  • Low maintenance  
  • Security 
  • Soundproofing 
  • Eco-friendly 
  • Weather resistant 
  • Insulation  
  • Fire retardant   

UPVC cons 

  • Structural Integrity – UPVC is prone to sagging due to their light weight and also because they are structurally not as strong. Too much heat can result in a rupture of their frames. 

Types of doors  


  • Textured glass 
  • Decorative glass 
  • Insulated glass 
  • Stained glass 
  • Frosted or etched glass 
  • Clear glass 
  • Clear class 
  • Single glass 
  • Double glass  


  • Internal 
  • External 
  • Solid oak 
  • Solid hardwood timber 
  • Hollow softwood timber 


  • Slide and fold
  • French  
  • Sliding
  • Casement
  • Lift and slide 

Steps to take that will make your front door safer 

Wooden doors are secure but just like any you will need a good lock. Other steps you can take to increase security are: 

  • A peep hole 
  • Door chain 
  • High-quality glass 
  • Secure hinges 

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