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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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.

Our area of expertise

finish

Finish

The highest quality spray paint applied with a methodical preparation system that is specially designed to make our windows and doors make your home look beautiful for decades.

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operations

Construction

We never compromise the 100 year old traditional joinery of the past. All the modern benefits of new windows and doors with the same elegant profiles as your originals.

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sash locks

Maintenance

Small investments in time taking care of your windows and doors will pay dividends over the years. Find out the best practices to keep your windows and doors looking beautiful.

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installation

Installation

When fitting in period properties we never know what we'll find. If something unexpected happens, you'll want a skilled, experienced team with a positive attitude on your side.

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joints

Joints

What separates timber windows and doors that last years or decades? The secret is hidden in the joints. Our traditional joints are essential to windows and doors that last decades.

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draught

Draught Proofing

A small detail that has a huge impact on your home. Draught seals are easy to add and difficult to masterfully blend into your windows and doors. What makes good draught proofing?

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vent lock

Locks and ironmongery

A cross between padlocks and jewellery. We use high-security locks paired with beautiful ironmongery. So what makes a lock keep you safe whilst complementing your home decor?

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double glazing

Glazing

Double glazing will insulate your home, reduce noise, make your home safer, and increase your home's value. We're one of a handful of joineries that make our own double glazing.

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