Get inspired – glazed doors for your home renovation

7 July 2020

You’ve decided you’d like to make some changes in your home. Are you adding a one storey rear living-dining extension? Knocking through existing rooms to reconfigure space for the changing needs of your family? Or perhaps with a change in working circumstances your home office needs an upgrade as it’s going to become your permanent place of work.

Access to your entertaining space or garden from the home is a key consideration in your design and planning. From choosing the right door system to thresholds, frame colours and blinds – it’s an area of your project which needs careful consideration.

Are bifold doors right for you?

One of the key reasons clients choose the bifold door system is so that they have the opportunity to open up a whole wall of glass, to create uninterrupted views and access. 

Bifold door considerations:

  • Would you like left, right or split stack configuration?
  • How many panels does your opening allow for?
  • Would you like a traffic door?
  • Are you looking for inward or outward opening?
  • What is more important, the view when opened or closed?

FD85 bifold doors in sunningdale home

This Sunningdale home features the FD85® bifold door system within the new single storey rear extension.

bifold dors in surrey home

Our clients in Milford chose a 3 pane FD85® bifold door configuration for their new kitchen.

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Have you considered sliding doors?

Over the years, the popularity of bifold doors has meant that sliding doors were overlooked and a little forgotten by some. We’ve all watched the home renovation shows where almost every property features at least one set of bifold doors! We love them too, it's just that for some projects, a sliding door system is a perfect solution. We're definitely seeing more and more plans with sliding doors as people realise just how versatile they can be.

The biggest benefit of sliding doors is the glass to frame ratio. It’s possible to span up to 6700mm wide with only 2 sliding doors – creating a 99% glass to 1% frame ratio. For the 250 or so days of the year when sadly the sun isn’t shining, your view through sliding doors is almost uninterrupted - the VIIU sliding door system has just a 35mm interlock area.

Sliding door considerations:

  • Do you need to be able to open up the whole wall?
  • Would you like almost uninterrupted year-round views?
  • Would you prefer manual or automatic opening - or a remote control?
  • Would you like to achieve a floating corner configuration?
  • Does your threshold need to be low or flush for step-free access?
  • Is a mono, double or triple track configuration needed?
  • Have you considered a pocket door design? 

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Glide S sliding doors in New Maldon rear extension

Our New Malden project features two sets of Glide S sliding doors within their rear extension.

floatin corner with Reynears CP130 sliding doors

This beautiful extension in Colchester features a floating corner configuration achieved with the Reynaers CP130 sliding door.

Viiu sliding doors installed to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living

The ultimate blurring of indoor and outdoor living was achieved in this Wandsworth home with the VIIU sliding door system.

Have you considered feature doors?

Feature doors, also called French doors have been at the back of the queue for many years, partly due to the popularity of bifold doors and also because the styling was a little behind the times. That’s all changed now, and to ignore feature door systems would be a mistake. 

Feature doors have a timeless and versatile design, which works well for both modern and period properties. Available with slim profile frames, a variety of finishes and colours, a set of feature doors could be the perfect fit.

If you'd like to make more of a statement with your feature doors, our Steel Look collection could be exactly what you need. With its striking contemporary design, our Steel Look doors can be used as external and internal glazed doors to create a cohesive style across the home.

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Feature door considerations:

  • Would you like inward or outward opening?
  • Will you integrate sidelights into your configuration for maximum light?
  • Would you like an aluminium or UPVC frame?
  • Would you like your feature doors to open 180o and fold flat against the wall?
  • Do you have space to allow for the door swing?

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French doors in Shalford home

Slimline Schüco French doors are featured in this rear extension in Shalford.

slimline Schuco French doors in Sussex home

Creating a fantastic view out onto the garden, this Sussex cottage features Schüco French doors.

Have you thought about combining glazed door systems?

Depending on the size of your space, you may well need to consider more than one style of door. Each glazed door system has its advantages. You may want to combine a wall of bifold doors across the back of your extension with a set of slimline feature doors for the utility room for example.

combining bifold and sliding doors

These luxury townhouses in Bromley feature bifold doors on the ground floor and sliding doors for the 1st and 2nd-floor balconies.


combining sliding and bifold doors

This Sussex home features Slimline sliding doors on the 1st floor for balcony access and bifold doors on ground floor access onto the garden.


combining French doors with sliding doors

The beautiful Surrey home features 3 sets of French doors and a 3 panel / 5400mm wide Slimline sliding door.

Ready to get your project underway?

With years of experience, our Project Managers will work closely with you and your team to advise on the best glazed door systems to meet the needs of your renovation. The earlier we are involved in your project, the more we can help you to achieve your vision and plan the project to ensure the glazing meets all of your requirements.

Having been inspired by our projects, why not speak to one of our Project Managers today and get your project underway. To find out more about working with Exact, read our recent article.

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