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French, patio and bifold doors. Which is best for your home?

21st March 2016 |


french, patio and bifold doors
Opting for replacement doors can give your living space the new lease of life it desperately needs. Whether you choose French, patio, or bifold doors, all three options can enhance your home for the better.

Benefits include seamless entry to outside spaces, improved maintenance of heat inside and enhanced aesthetics – it’s simply a case of choosing which style is best suited to your home.

What’s the difference between french, patio and bifold doors?


Just like a French window, this style opens on side hinges and adds a touch of tradition.


This door incorporates two panels of glass – one slides in front of the other when opened.


Like a concertina effect, this door folds and slides to stack up against one side of a wall.

If you’re curious about which uPVC door may be most suitable for your home, we’re on hand to help – we have summarised some of the key benefits, which should help you to come to a decision about which door is right for you.

French doors: add a touch of tradition to your home

White uPVC French doors
French doors can add a touch of elegance to any property. They are particularly suitable for heritage properties, and those that want to steer clear of more modern styles.

They are available in a range of subtle colours and woodgrain finishes, enabling them to complement existing building structures and colour schemes. They can also be incorporated into conservatories and help to retain a sense of tradition, especially if your glazed extension is Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian in style.

Sliding patio doors: achieve maximised views and quick access to outside spaces

Sliding patio doors are ideal for those wanting to make the most of inside and outside spaces. With fewer frames and less hardware than other door styles, you can appreciate your garden or patio area whether the doors are open or closed.

sliding patio doorsPatio doors have a fixed section when open. This does result in a smaller opening space than bifolds, but this is more suitable for homes short of space – thanks to the fixed opening, there is no encroachment into living space. These factors make sliding patio doors one of the most cost-effective door replacement solutions for owners of more modest sized properties.

Bifold doors: optimise style and natural light

Bifold doors are stylish and easy to operate thanks to easy operating tracks. Incorporating up to 7 individual door leafs, the doors can boast an opening space of up to 90% when open.
A 1 metre free space will need to be available for the doors to stack at a 90-degree angle and curtains can only be incorporated with outward-opening styles. These factors make bifold doors suited to even larger frame widths and homes that have more space to play with.

white upvc bifold doorsThe individual frames let in a lot of light when closed and the doors make an impressive centrepiece for hot summer days. Picture the scene, you’re having a BBQ and friends and family are free to come and go between internal and external areas – which are framed by your sleek and stylish new doors.

Modern uPVC – a cost-effective and durable material for doors

uPVC has come a long way in the last two decades. Gone are the days of discoloured and bulky frames! uPVC today boasts slimmer sightlines and multi-chamber profiles. This makes it ideal for french, patio and bifold doors.

uPVC replacement doors can help to maximise views, retain heat and improve aesthetics. Reputable installers will offer doors in a wide range of colours and woodgrain finishes, making it easy to complement the existing character of your property.

Replacement doors from Majestic Designs

Utilising the latest uPVC designs, Majestic offer a range of high performance A+14 energy rated french, patio and bifold doors. All are cost-effective solutions for your home – if you’re trying to decide which style to choose, it simply depends on your personal taste, the character of your home, available space and frame apertures.

To enquire about any of our french, patio and bifold doors, get in touch today. We are market leaders for home improvement installations across Somerset – our experts are on hand to provide the most suitable replacement doors for you and your property, and those that will offer lasting benefits.

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Serving clients across Somerset and the South West

Majestic Designs install quality double glazing products throughout Somerset. From Taunton to Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare to Wells; our insistence on quality installations and outstanding customer care remains the same. With our factories and showroom in Cheddar, we are conveniently located in the heart of Somerset, with easy access to the surrounding towns and villages. As part of the local community, we are dedicated to improving the lives of all our customers and by employing a local workforce we are investing in the future prosperity of the area.

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