David H Wright Joinery, based in Sherburn-In-Elmet, is an expert when it comes to building a new orangery or whether you are just looking to upgrade your windows and doors.
There is however one big question that we are asked all of the time- “when it comes to making the most of your garden – is it bi-folding or French doors?”
We asked Sharon Wright, who is now entering her 29th year of providing expert advice to clients with exacting needs.
“They both let a great deal of natural light flood into a room as well as creating a sense of extending your living space into your beautiful garden. It is important to ensure that you balance the needs of your lifestyle and your property.”
French doors (or French windows) are instantly thought of as classic, usually seen in older buildings adding sophistication and beauty to the patio and conservatory. They generally comprise of two separate doors opening outwards, and are usually thought of as ‘patio doors.’ You can access the garden by opening just one door during the winter as an alternative to your front door or for access to the garden.
“In the summer, opening both doors not only lets in some fresh air, but also extends your room into the garden, giving you that sense of light and airy space which is what many of our clients seek to create.”
French doors are more suited to smaller structural openings and should be measured and installed by a professional. As experienced joiners, we recommend timber frames, handcrafted using sustainable and durable wood like Accoya® or Sapele hardwood.
Accoya®, for example, comes in a variety of finishes to complement your home and a 60-year guarantee, making it a much more ecological and economical alternative to uPVC.
David Wright who is a fully qualified joiner and has seen locking technology evolve over his 29 years in business commented:
“Where security is concerned, French doors can be fitted with multipoint locking with up to date door arrangements passing PAS024 security tests, giving you peace of mind”
(To you and me that is the best level of security that one can buy!!!)
21st century living seems to suit the newly styled “concertina doors” otherwise known as Bifolds.
“Bi-folding doors are a more modern design for bringing the outside in, and can offer a combination of configurations with as many leaves as needed. Thanks to the concertina opening mechanism, and the tracks lying flush with the floor, once opened they create a fantastic open space, with seamless transition from inside the home to the garden or decking area; perfect for creating that wow factor when entertaining guests in the summer months.”
Bi-folding doors can fit within the same space as French doors, however they can also be used to build entire glass walls. You can design whether they all open one way, or if they split open in the middle – whichever way suits your tastes and how you want to use the space.
“We’d always recommend timber frames to retain and complement the character of your home. They all come with toughened or laminated glass and installed with multi-point locks. If the bi-folding doors are your only access to your garden, you can always install a single swinging leaf on one side to use day-to-day or when welcoming guests at the back of your home”.
Whichever type of door you select, it ultimately needs to be your choice based upon your personal preference and what suits your lifestyle. At David H Wright Joinery, our aim is to help you achieve your dream home and so we’d be delighted to take you through the options available and help you plan the perfect doors to complement the character of your home even if your property is in a conservation area or has a heritage listing attached to it.
At David H Wright Joinery we will always work in your best interests to find the right solution for your home as well as your budget. If you are only replacing the doors out into your garden, then we will work to match your style with the rest of your windows and doors where possible.