Open up a garden view with Patio Doors
One sure way to bring more light into a room, make it feel larger than it really is, and improve the view is by fitting a set of patio doors.
Sometimes this can be a little complex if there is not already a decent sized window that can be replaced. If you have to create a new opening it can mean some “knocking through” of walls and possibly having to build in a new overhead lintel.
Having said that, the extra work is definitely going to be worth it when you see the final product.
Patio doors tend to come in 3 main design types:
- swing doors – like French Patio doors, that can open out or inwards.
- sliding doors – simply moving side to side within the frame.
- folding doors – commonly referred to as BI-fold patio doors. These “stack” to the sides by folding in a Zig-Zag fashion.
Usually the least expensive of the 3 types are inline sliding patio doors.
Well, that would depend on a few factors, the 2 most important being the size of the doors and what they are made from (UPVC, Hardwood, Engineered softwood or Aluminium).
You could pick up a 2 panel sliding UPVC patio door for around £700 to £900, but if there is building work to be done, then you would have to allow for that also.
Aluminium and hardwood patio doors would likely cost more than UPVC.
The best thing to do, if you are seriously considering doing something, is to get a professional to asses the work and provide you with a written quote. You can discuss your ideas and get some plans drawn up.
I would recommend that you get 4 or 5 quotes to compare prices – get them in writing so that you know exactly what is included in the price. This is where a website like www.doubleglazingpriceguide.org.uk can help.