What is the best material for French patio doors?

Composite French patio doors

French doors are the ideal choice for homeowners who wish to add a charming continental twist to their homes, whilst welcoming the outside in by doubling the size of the aperture or creating light, airy and decorative internal partitions in between rooms. However, many homeowners hit a stumbling block when it comes to picking the most suitable material for their new French patio doors. Although mainly hinging on a homes existing aesthetics and individual taste, each French door material offers specific benefits. But don’t get overwhelmed! Simply take a minute and allow us to explain.

Composite French doors

Constructed from a variety of materials, composite French doors are capturing more and more homeowners’ eyes due to their clean, contemporary stylings. Composite French door appeal lies mainly in its enduring strength and long-lasting qualities, centred around a solid timber core and weather resistant and low maintenance outer skin that can be continually used over years and years without the slightest sign of wear and tear.

Composite French doors from Chase Windows also come with the added benefit of being fitted with the Avantis Locking System. UKAS and PAS 24 accredited, the Avantis lock combined with the Solidor brand offers the strongest composite French door around. Furthermore, thanks to Solidor’s foresight, composite French doors can also offer a range of Stormguard low thresholds, including a dedicated mobility version. Offering the biggest choice of composite French door styles and finishes around, it’s not hard to see why this unique composite French door set is fast becoming the first choice for busy families over the traditionally popular timber French door design.


Composite French doors vs timber French doors

These days, sustainability plays a vital role in transforming houses into energy efficient and eco-friendly homes. As well as a natural insulator, timber French doors from Chase Windows have the proactive benefit of being made from sustainably sourced treated softwood or a selection of hardwoods from sustainably managed forests.

So, if your home requires period charm that doesn’t compromise on environmentally aware qualities, timber French doors are an obvious choice – especially for homes that are subject to Article 4 Directives, where windows and doors must be replaced with materials similar to those originally used in the construction of the property.

Composite French doors vs aluminium French doors

Aluminium French doors are the ideal choice for homes in need of lightweight, slimline minimalist strength that’s guaranteed to last. However, technological advantages in composite French door design allows for incredibly slim sightlines, if required.

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Composite French doors vs uPVC French doors

uPVC French doors provide time-honoured aesthetics, whilst remaining budget-friendly due to utilising the cheapest material available. Low maintenance, energy efficient and rot resistant, if your location is susceptible to heat issues a composite French door may be more preferable; as uPVC can suffer from heat expansion concerns in severe cases.

From competent composite French doors to tantalising timber French doors, we have a style to suit all Hertfordshire and London homes

Make selecting your new French patio doors easier by visiting our flagship showroom in Hertfordshire or by making an appointment to visit our Enfield showroom. Alternatively, contact a Chase Windows expert today who will be happy to discuss your French door project further.

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