When you want to open up your home and make the most of your outdoor space, French doors are a great way to do so. Not only do they make your interior space feel bigger and more open, they let in lots of natural light and allow you to enjoy views of the garden in all weathers.
St. Ives Windows manufacture the highest quality French doors, and they are installed in your home by our expert engineers. We can offer you a huge range of style options and different finishes that’ll create the right look in your home.
French doors open from the middle and can be swung open. However, they won’t slam in a breeze, as we can fit them with restrictors that hold the door at any angle you like. French doors are ideal for opening into a conservatory or onto a patio, decking or even a balcony, and even in cold, wet weather, you can enjoy views of the outside.
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Our french doors are available in great choice colours, outward or inward openings are available, with features including performance glass, multi-point security locking and low mobility access.
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Enjoy the outdoors with French doors
French doors are great during the summer months when you want to let a cool breeze through your home. Swing them open and you’ll get all the fresh air you need circulating around the room.
St. Ives Windows can offer you many different design options from our range of French doors. You can visit our showroom to find out more about the products we manufacture, or contact us and arrange for a free, no-obligation quote.
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Do French doors have to be double?
French doors are, by their definition, two doors that come in the same frame. This means, when opened, you can access the outside without an obstruction like a pillar. However, you don’t need to open both doors at the same time if you don’t want to. You can open one side or the other, or both at the same time. If you just want a single door, contact us and we’ll find the solution for your space.
What’s the difference between patio doors and French doors?
The difference between patio doors and French doors is how they open. French doors have two doors inside one frame that swing either inwards or outwards, while patio doors have two panels, and one slides behind the other. The type that suits your home will depend on how much space you have. Although French doors give you a bigger space to walk out of and increased ventilation, the doors might get in the way if you are short on space. Patio doors slide across, so there’s a smaller opening, but they don’t take up space in your garden.
Why are they called French doors?
French doors gained popularity in France during the Renaissance period. In the finest homes, there was a trend for big windows that let in lots of natural light. Big windows also allowed for homes to be lighter and brighter in the days before electric lights. These large glass doors became a way to open up the home, allowing people to step out onto their patio or balcony. This look then became popular across Europe and has remained an elegant choice to this day.
Will I need planning permission for French doors?
If you are replacing current French doors, or making the current opening larger to accommodate French doors, then as long as the work is being done in the rear of your home and not facing a road, you shouldn’t need planning permission. However, if you have a listed property, or are in a protected area, you should double check before the work begins, as you may need to meet certain regulations. At St. Ives Windows, we can ensure your doors meet building regulations.
Can French doors be made to swing inwards or outwards?
Because St. Ives Windows manufactures your doors to your own specifications, we can design them to swing inwards or outwards. Inwards-opening doors can be useful in homes where there are obstacles in the garden such as furniture or trees, although you need to make sure there’s space indoors to open them all the way. French doors are most commonly built to swing outwards, as this saves space inside your home. If you aren’t sure what would work in your home, get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss your needs.
Can French doors increase my home’s value?
French doors can be a way of adding value to your home. This is because it allows natural light into your home and can make a small living space look more spacious. If you have a lovely garden or view of the Cornish coast or countryside, French doors can really show it off and impress potential buyers. When you choose St. Ives Windows to manufacture and install your French doors, you can be sure of a professional, stylish finish. These doors are made to be secure and offer you thermal efficiency, as well as to look good for years to come.
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We have built up a great reputation over years of delivering a first class service and excellent products, all from our local, no nonsense all-about-you company.
From characteristic country cottages to contemporary town houses, we’re confident that our products will offer a style and finish to truly transform your project. Through constant innovation the quality, durability and security of our products is genuinely second to none. As a local company we are proud to offer British Standards BS7412/PAS24 for enhanced security.
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Our windows are made from British Made, high quality MarinespecTM components, with up to 25 years anti corrosion. They are built specifically for the more exposed areas of corrosion, such as coastal environments to give you worry free performance beyond your guarantee. We believe spending more on components is worth every penny, and sets us apart from our competitors.
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We have invested millions of pounds into one of the most state of the art manufacturing facilities in the UK. This enables us to provide you with consistently high quality products at exceptionally good prices. Our loyal factory workers are well trained and take pride in their work, they really care about quality. Our machines are maintained according to a rigorous servicing regime to keep them in top condition.
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Our ‘A’ rated energy efficient and triple glazed windows are tested by the BFRC, which will save you money on your heating bills. By law your windows and doors have to meet strict thermal performance regulations but you can be rest assured that our products exceed current requirements.
Energy saving is incredibly important and so is keeping your fuel bills down. We are continuously looking for ways to make our projects energy efficient and one way is to choose new PVCu windows and doors. Not only will they help to keep your project warmer, they will reduce your energy loss.
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Our suppliers conform to strictly controlled and independently monitored Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, to ensure that everything is done correctly and according to best practise.
Our windows are tested independently by British Standards for security, weather tightness and strength performance. This means that periodically, we have to send them to independent test houses, in order to be tested to destruction.
These are just some of the many standards the products in our vast range conform to. Needless to say we take the quality of our products very seriously indeed.
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The styles available are endless and the choices to suit your project are bigger than ever before. Traditional, contemporary or modern; our versatile window and door designs will create the look you want to complement and enhance your project. If you want windows that are as individual as you, our range of coloured and woodgrain windows offer you fifteen different colours and finishes.
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