French doors are a popular investment for many homeowners, thanks to their timeless design. Offering an elegant and stylish look for the home, French doors bring in plenty of natural light and create a beautiful transition from inside to out.

But are French doors right for your renovation or self-build? We’re answering some frequently asked questions below to hopefully give you a helping hand in making your decision…

French doors

Where are French doors from?

French doors originate from, you guessed it, France. Originating as floor-length windows, French doors reflect Italian renaissance design influences of the 16th and 17th Century. Originally crafted with plain wood, over the years, various materials have been used to create new and modernised designs including iron and glass. Nowadays, French doors are commonly found in all different styles of houses and can add both a contemporary or classic feel to the home.

Why French doors?

French doors add a touch of sophistication and class to any home, connecting your interior with your outdoor space in a charming yet functional way. Thanks to the high ratio of glass, you can enjoy plenty of natural light, creating a sense of spaciousness and also a great view of your garden or courtyard!

Are French doors secure?

Yes, absolutely. Thanks to modern technology, we are able to offer French doors that boast a high security multi-point locking system, so you don’t need to worry about this!

Are French doors energy efficient?

Our French doors offer fantastic insulation and energy efficient properties. Their low U-values mean you can retain heat in the colder months and in turn, reduce your energy bills whilst keeping cosy. In the summertime, our French doors will also enable you to keep your living space nice and cool – it’s a win-win!

How wide can French doors be?

All of our French doors are made-to-measure and bespoke to your project. We can work with you to create French doors that perfectly suit the space available and the design of your home.

Just look at the stunning French doors below that we created for a superb thatched cottage extension.

What configurations are available?

Our French doors can be made to open inwards or outwards, with the master door on either the left or right hand side – the choice is yours.

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What material is best for French doors?

Here at Kloeber, we’re specialists in three materials; timber, aluminium and alu-clad, and all of our French doors are available in these three material too, enabling us to help you choose the best material for your home or project.

For a warm and traditional feel, timber is a popular option – but it can also look great in a contemporary setting too, making it an extremely versatile material. If you’re after a more modern, minimalist aesthetic then you may want to explore our aluminium French doors, of course, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with our alu-clad variety.

What colour can I choose for my French doors?

All of our French doors are bespoke and made-to-measure, giving you the freedom to select from any RAL colour or a choice of wood stains – the world’s your oyster when it comes to our French doors!

French doors vs bifold and sliding doors – which is best?

Choosing which door is right for your home, self-build or renovation project can be a tricky task. It comes down to a number of factors including style, functionality and of course, budget.

If you’re looking for a door that offers plenty of light but also a touch of classic design, French doors are a real winner. You can also give them a contemporary twist by selecting aluminium in a slick grey or black.

If your main objective is maximising the natural light with a fully opening door and minimal sightlines, then you might be best looking at a slightly different style such as a slimline sliding door or a bifold door.

And if you’re unsure as to what you want, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team, we’d be happy to help you pick!

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Posted: April 8, 2020

Category: Complete guides, French Doors, Patio Doors