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What are patio doors made from?

Image of steel-framed doors in the home of @clarence3andgraves

What are patio doors made from?

The material you choose for your patio doors depends on budget as well as the look you like. Read on to discover the pros and cons of the various options available.

What are the advantages of timber patio doors?

If you want a natural look, you can’t beat timber patio doors. First, they’re versatile when it comes to colour: not only are there options in light wood, dark wood or a specific wood grain, but you can also paint or stain them. Timber’s a natural insulator, so it retains warmth. Plus, as long as the wood comes from a sustainable source, it’s environmentally friendly too.

Image of timber patio doors in the home of @cheringtonhouse
Image: Timber French doors in the home of @cheringtonhouse.
What are uPVC patio doors?

uPVC patio doors are one of the most affordable options available. Made by covering an insulated steel frame in un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC), the resulting doors are strong and thermally efficient.

What are the benefits of uPVC patio doors?

You don’t have to worry about the unpredictable British weather with uPVC doors as they’re weather resistant. They are also super low-maintenance not to mention widely available and affordable, which is great if you’re on a strict budget.

My uPVC patio doors lack character – what can I do?

One of the downsides to uPVC frames is that they can look bland compared with timber or aluminium doors. A solution you can try is to have them professionally spray painted in a more uplifting colour.

Image of steel-framed patio doors in the home of @the_idle_hands
Image: Steel-framed doors in the home of @the_idle_hands.
What are steel-framed doors?

Injecting an industrial edge into your home? Think Crittall, the characteristic steel-framed glass panels sometimes associated with the Art Deco era. Just don’t be mistaken in thinking that all doors that look like Crittall are genuine. There are many replicas on the market, often referred to as Crittall-style. Typically, these are cheaper.

Are steel-framed doors for me?

If you lust after uninterrupted views of your garden, steel-framed doors are probably not for you. This style is best suited to those who want to inject an industrial edge into their home using patio doors as a prominent design feature.

Do steel-framed doors come with a choice of panels?

The glass panels that comprise steel-framed doors come in various dimensions and styles (think horizontal or vertical rectangles and squares). Whatever style you choose, look for slimline metal framing to maximise light. Design note: classic black is not the only choice for steel frames, in fact, a wide range of colourways is available. Alternatively, ask your supplier if they can match them to a favourite paint shade.

Image of alumium doors in the home of @the_hayloft_dutch_barn
Image: Aluminium doors in the home of @the_hayloft_dutch_barn.
What are the benefits of aluminium patio doors?

Strong, lightweight and easy to look after, aluminium patio doors have much to recommend them. Boasting a slim frame that helps to maximise views, aluminium doors can be finished in a virtually unlimited colour choice. Design note: aluminium frames are your friend if you covet the Crittall aesthetic but your budget won’t stretch to steel.

Featured image: These stylish steel-framed doors can be seen in this project by Clarence & Graves.

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