Naturally, the first thing to ask is where you want to install your French doors. They’d look out of place at the front of a house but make a terrific addition to balconies, sunrooms, orangeries or conservatories. We recommend placing them anywhere that requires additional light or somewhere you want to bring closer to nature. For example, a set of white French doors leading to a garden filled with daffodils will have a charming springtime vibe.
It’s also worth asking which direction you want the doors to open. Most French doors are hinged at the sides and open either inwards or outwards (although it is possible to find sliding variants). If they open inwards, you’ll save room on your patio or balcony, there’s less chance of them being blown shut by the wind, and they generally tend to be cheaper. On the other hand, outswing doors will save space inside the house and are marginally better at resisting forced entry.
French doors are available in different sizes too, so if you’ve got a broader entranceway to fill, there’s a very good chance we can help. Our doors are made to measure, so taller or wider variants aren’t a problem. The metal frames are built to last and won’t need repainting; we’re so confident in them that they come with a 10-year guarantee.
Fitting French doors isn’t too problematic, and you may be tempted to try it yourself. Unless you’re a DIY expert or work in the trade though, we’d recommend against it. You might save on the upfront costs, but you’re more likely to suffer accidental damage, and it can be very time-consuming. We recommend hiring a professional, especially if the existing entranceway needs to be enlarged. We’ve been called out to more than one job where an over-confident homeowner has needed help salvaging their new doors.
If you'd like to know more about installing them yourself, you can read How To Install French Doors: Step By Step.