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French Doors vs Patio Doors


French Doors vs Patio Doors

Myles Robinson
Written by Myles Robinson
Updated on 21st February 2024
Posted on 20th February 2024

Patio vs French Doors - Pros, Cons & Types

You've probably heard the phrase ‘French patio doors’ as a term for summer doors, and although there are patio doors and French doors, they are separate doors that operate differently!

So, if you are one of those people who aren’t too sure about the difference between them or which may be best, this blog is for you.

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Patio Doors

Patio doors are ideal for those with restricted space, that’s because they slide along an in-line sliding fitted piece.

It means that the side of the door you open will collect at one end, so no doors open out and take up valuable garden space.

The beauty of our uPVC patio doors is that they can be fitted internally or externally, so you can opt for your patio door to work as a back door or as an entrance to a conservatory.

With their space-saving design, you will have more time to relax (they are also low maintenance) and enjoy the view of your garden.

Our in-line sliding patio doors give you easy access to your garden, which is especially important in these summer months!

They are a great alternative to bifold doors as you also get a home flooded with natural light thanks to the full-length glass panels that make your interior and exterior space work as one.

French Doors vs Patio Doors

Due to the glass panels, you may be slightly concerned about security and the thermal efficiency of patio doors but there isn't any need to worry!

Our double-glazed patio doors offer excellent heat retention, achieve a u-value of up to 1.6 or better, have low E glass, a 4-point hook lock system, toughened safety glass, and the locks are accredited by the police accredited ‘Secured by Design’ initiative.

We know that's a lot to get your head around, but rest assured, our made-to-measure patio doors will keep you safe and warm, with the cost of patio doors being worthwhile in the long run.

French Doors

French doors and patio doors have similarities; they allow easy access to your garden, let natural light flood your home, can be used internally or externally, create a larger feeling in the interior, and are low maintenance.

However, French doors are better suited to those with more external space as the doors open outwards. French doors help give your home that finishing look it could be missing, thanks to the many available styles, designs, and colours.

At Value Doors we manufacture our own range of uPVC French doors. The frame is made from 70mm of high-quality uPVC, double-glazed, argon-filled glass, and has warm edge spacer bars for thermal efficiency.

Security is also covered just like our patio doors; the locks boast the ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation and are reinforced with aluminum (for extra strength), anti-tamper handles, and a 12-point locking system!

French Doors vs Patio Doors

As well as our uPVC French doors range, we're also a trusted installer for Rockdoor, so we supply and fit their stunning range of Rockdoor French Doors.

Rockdoors are the most secure door on the market; with German-engineered locks, a security rating of 1, nickel-coated solid brass hooks, and so much more, Rockdoor French doors are a door to contend with!

Their efforts toward thermal efficiency mirror their dedication to security; Rockdoor french doors have a door set energy rating of A++ (the highest available), soft coat energy-efficient glass, and a 5-chamber profile unit.

There are many colours and styles to pick from between both of the French door ranges, meaning you can have grey French doors, white uPVC French doors, oak French doors, or whichever suits you best, all in a range of sizes for French doors!

The cost of getting your patio doors or French doors fitted doesn’t need to cost a fortune. All of our prices include measuring, fitting, and VAT, so you can see exactly what you are paying for upfront.

We also manufacture uPVC windows here at Value Doors, so why not take a look at them to find a colour to match your new French or patio doors?

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For any questions, feel free to call our friendly customer service team on 020 4587 8300 who will be more than happy to help.

Written by
Myles Robinson
Myles Robinson Managing Director
Posted on: 20th February 2024
Topic: Advice

Myles is one of our esteemed directors at Value Doors, dedicated to sourcing and fitting the best composite doors and windows. His mission is to offer our customers exceptional deals on energy-efficient composite doors, focusing on reducing costs while making sure the most advanced technology is readily available for installation. This commitment is what motivates Myles in the door industry.

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