Patio Doors in Upvc and Aluminium.
Practical Patio Doors with A Stunning Appearance.
When you want to maximise your view of the outside and benefit from more natural light within your home, patio doors make the ideal solution for homes in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale. Practical and versatile with a stunning classical appearance, they have been the customer’s choice for decades. How will you maximise the benefit of patio doors? Do you want to maximise light into the room? Do you want to maintain wall space at the sides for placement of furniture or curtains?
There's a lot to consider when choosing patio doors. You may be led by the existing space. If you already have french doors, the cheapest option may be to use the existing opening. For instance, changing a simple 2 door set up to a full wall width set of bi-folding patio doors may require a new lintel. Changing old sliding doors to French doors may require additional brickwork.
The first thing to think about is the look that you want. You'll only do this once so we encourage you to think carefully about what you want. We'll advise you about the practicalities of your choice.
The Perfect Entry.
Lifestyle patio doors make the ideal entry solution in any situation. They are perfect for leading into your int your garden space, or for rooms leading into a conservatory. Easy-glide rollers and high-quality manufacture mean they will stand the test of time and continue to add value to your home for as long as you need them.
A Versatile Classic.
Lifestyle patio doors provide the ultimate flexible system. With a choice of 2, 3 and 4 pane doors available and the option of added side windows, the design of your doors is only limited by the size of your property.
Which material is best for patio doors?
Aluminium is stronger than timber or uPVC and can support larger expanses of glass on thinner frames. This minimises framework and looks slightly more modern. Aluminium frames tend to have a more minimal profile which also contributes to the sleeker look.
Due to the strength of aluminium, it can often be used where UPVC and timber cannot such as for corner posts and bay windows. Aluminium door frames are also resistant to flexing or twisting, and very well suited to variable temperatures as they don’t expand and contract with heat variation. This means they are a great choice for coastal locations or places where they are frequently exposed to direct sunlight.
Metal is a good conductor of temperature. In the past, aluminium windows have been thought to be cold. Think back to the old Crittal windows and sliding patio doors of the 70s and 80s. Nowadays, most aluminium bi-fold doors include a thermal break. The break is made of a less conductive material (Origin use polyamide) and sits between the interior and exterior faces of the frame to manage heat loss.
Aluminium doors can be environmentally friendly from more than just a thermal efficiency point of view. Aluminium is widely recycled and many companies make their doors from recycled metal (Origin recycles 100% of all scrap aluminium produced when manufacturing their products).
All bi-fold doors must have a U-value of at least 1.8W/m2. All of our doors meet this requirement. Bear in mind that installation can affect thermal efficiency and some cheap Upvc products are prone to warping which can also affect thermal efficiency.
Whether you choose uPVC or aluminium, be careful about cheap deals as you could pay for it in the long run.
uPVC patio doors are usually cheaper than aluminium doors but given how long you expect them to last, a per year price isn't very different.
Patio Door Maintenance.
Nobody wants to be constantly painting, repairing or replacing their doors. Nor having to use draught excluders and heavy curtains to keep out the cold so it makes sense to choose a material that will stand up to the elements. Look for patio doors that are weather rated to British Standards.
Both Upvc and aluminium require minimal maintenance. The occasional clean with warm soapy water is all they need.
Aluminium doors and windows are usually powder coated. A solvent-free powder is applied to the metal at a high temperature, creating a durable finish in most RAL colours, giving you a wider choice.