Contemporary vs Traditional Patio Doors
Choosing between traditional and contemporary doors can depend on a number of factors, not just the existing age of the property. The budget available for a project and property owners' lifestyle are critical.
If it's just a case of replacing patio doors on a property, home-owners with smaller budgets will generally try to match or complement existing windows. Perhaps a white or wood-effect composite-PVC set of French doors will do the job? Sliding patio doors are more likely to be replaced by bi folds - or their successor, hingeless retractable doors with slide and pivot action - to enable wider access space.
French doors and some bi folding doors can be purchased with wooden frames, which gives a traditional feel and may be necessary to meet imposed criteria.
Re-designing with an extension.
Victorian and post-war houses are plentiful in the UK and many do not have additional restrictions, therefore architects and designers can use their creative skills.
Many of the homes where UltraSlim contemporary patio doors are incorporated are part of an extension. These are planned in advance, specifically to achieve a bright and spacious living area. The 19mm side frames enable greater light-flow than bi folds when doors are closed. When fully open, UltraSlim slide and turn doors stack together more neatly for wider access space because they have very slim profiles, unencumbered by folding door hinges.
The primary access door pivots open for normal use then each of the other doors are able to glide easily along the guides. Doors can be spaced apart along the opening or slid towards the first door, turned 90 degrees and stacked.
Our door technology applies to UltraSlim aluminium framed doors (in a wide range of RAL colours) and double glazed frameless slide and pivot doors. All our doors can also be used as windows (subject to minimum height of 1000mm).
We can also provide frameless tempered glass doors which use the same slide and turn system. These are not suitable as household patio doors but your architect or planning officer can advise where and when they can be installed, e.g. as room dividers and on conservatories, out-buildings or commercial property.