French Doors

French doors instantly make a statement, especially when they’re leading out on to grounds and gardens. They’re one feature that fits right in within period properties and are just as impressive within many other types of homes. Because they’re often tucked away at the back of properties, you can have more design input and create something really unique!

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Pair of Sash Window next to Pair of french Doors
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How French doors work

French doors do vary from house-to-house when it comes to style, but they are essentially large casements! This means they all tend to work in the same way. However, compared to casement windows, they have much bigger profiles to take the extra weight of the glass and frames. Dimension-wise, they’re a lot larger than windows too.

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The history of French doors

Are French doors actually French? The origins of the doors go back to Renaissance Europe, and it’s debated whether this style of the glazed door came from France or Italy. But the glazed doors were used on small Juliette balconies (named after Romeo and Juliette) instead of panelled doors to flood rooms with natural light.

It became instantly popular to use large doors of glass and so French doors spread to the UK and the US.

Materials

Wood choice 1: Sapele

Wood choice 1: Sapele

Sapele is a north African hardwood that’s part of the mahogany family. It looks beautiful and has incredible rot resistance. It takes years for any rot to set in, unlike softwood, which can start to rot in just 1 to 2 years. Read more here.
Wood choice 2: Accoya

Wood choice 2: Accoya

Accoya is a softwood that costs more than most expensive hard wood. It doesn’t absorb water in the way other wood does. It doesn’t rot due to the fact rot needs water to develop. Accoya isn’t affected by insect attacks either. Read more here.


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