The benefits of installing timber bi-folding doors are highlighted in this blog by Edwards & Hampson joinery manufacturers.
A front entrance door is an individual item in any property. Therefore it can and should make a statement. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new front door, yet some of the most important ones are all too often overlooked.
Security is always the primary issue with any entrance door, and this should not be compromised in any way. The security of a front door is reliant upon two factors. The first is the composition of the material from which the door is constructed, and the second is the strength of its locking system. The strongest doors by far are either composite engineered or solid timber. These doors are almost impossible to break through, whereas those constructed with upvc panels are relatively easy to destruct.
Patio doors first came onto the scene in the 70’s when the then modern aluminium sliding doors became fashionable. These doors have lasted fairly well, and there are still a few residential properties that have them in place today. However, the one draw back to this style of door is the reduced opening due to their parallel sliding action, which results in only 50% of the available space giving ventilation at any one time. This older style of patio door was also extremely metallic looking, and almost always silver.
The only other option to the modern patio door in those days was traditional French doors, which are still very popular today, especially in period properties. French doors usually open outwards (although not exclusively), and if they’re hung on parliament hinges will fold back a full 180 degrees against the property wall, and open up the entire space out onto the patio or garden area. The only draw-back with French doors is they have a limit to their size. For people with above average sized houses that also have of an open aspect of anything greater than 2 metres in width, French doors have to be placed into a large frame with glazing panels to each side. Although this is fine for light penetration, it doesn’t take full advantage of the available space.
The huge range of wooden doors on the market means that almost every conceivable design is readily available. Despite this, there are still a number of issues that should be carefully considered before installing new doors.
All modern houses and commercial premises are built with “stock size” internal door casings, so the expense of made-to-measure doors for every room is not a concern. Nevertheless, prices can vary a great deal depending upon the level of quality and finish. Quality can often be judged by the weight of a door. Heavier doors are generally constructed from a more substantial material, whereas cheaper doors are lightweight and hollow. This is reflected in their price difference. The different
Finish levels will also affect price, but the initial outlay of purchasing pre-finished stock doors can also be a cost saver in the future. Pre-finishing means the cost of varnish and arduous labour to apply it are removed entirely. Internal stock doors are normally 35mm thick, although when fireproof doors are required this size increases to 44mm. The advantages of stock doors are that they’re cheaper than made-to-measure solid doors, and won’t twist or warp due to the internal temperature changes.