Buyer’s guide to glazed doors

Glazed doors are a great way to increase natural light in your home as well as increasing your energy efficiency.

By Beth Murton | 20 January 2017

Increase natural light, improve your home’s energy efficiency and connect to your outside space with these innovative solutions.

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With the ongoing trend for creating indoor/outdoor spaces, the popularity of modern glazed doors shows no sign of waning. The type of fitting you opt for is likely to be influenced by a combination of factors, such as the age and style of your home, the size of door opening, your budget and how much maintenance you’re willing to undertake.

With improvements in technology and manufacturing processes, companies are now creating doors with slimmer frames and narrow sight lines that won’t obscure the view of your garden.

Glazed doors are an investment buy and the quality can vary greatly between suppliers, so it pays to research the best design for your project. Always look at the product in a showroom or arrange to visit a previous installation so you can see and operate the product in person.

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Door styles

Bi-fold designs – where the doors concertina to stack at one end to create a true inside/outside space – are probably the most popular. If this option is going to be your main or only access to the garden, it’s a good idea to have an everyday traffic door at one end that can be operated independently when needed. Bi-folds also work better when installed with an uneven number of panels, such as three or five.

Sliding doors are best for large openings, with six or seven metres wide generally accepted as the tipping point at which this type would be a better solution than bi-folds. As sliding versions are able to take larger panes of glass, there’s less framework obscuring the outside view when they’re closed. One downside is that you can’t completely pull them all back as there will be a fixed panel at one side.