It’s no secret that one of the most stylish and visually stunning home extensions is the orangery. With plenty of glass and natural light, coupled with stunning brickwork that compliments your existing property, an orangery is always a great option. But one of the things that you will need to decide on, when planning or installing any orangery, is the type of doors. The layout, the shape and the outdoor space available can all be influential in this decision. So which type of door could suite your orangery, and what are the key considerations for orangery doors? Well, here at Inspired Spaces, we are Manchester’s leading orangery experts. And this is our guide to everything you should know when choosing doors for your new orangery.
What are the different types of orangery door?
When it comes to your orangery, there are several door options available. These include:
- The patio door- this is the most traditional of door options, and refers to doors that can slide open. This allows for a wider doorway, and doesn’t eat into your floor space outside either.
- The french door- these are traditionally hinged double doors which mainly open outwards, (or inwards by design). These can be perfect for more traditional properties.
- The bi-fold door- this is a type of door that folds inwards, and then can be slid along, to open up the entire space. This can even create a glass wall effect, with the bifold door creating an almost solid wall of glass, with aluminium frames.
What are the key considerations for orangery doors?
So when choosing orangery doors, what should you consider? Well, there are several important things to bear in mind, including:
- Style and design- the doors you choose need to match the style of your orangery in general, as well as the rest of your property. Unless you deliberately want to create a striking contrast. Otherwise, for a traditional property, french doors can be a great option, while for a contemporary home, bi-fold doors can be the ultimate addition. You can also consider the colour and material of the door and window frames, as well as the style of glass, for the best possible results. For example, timber effect can be most effective on most traditional properties, while aluminium frames can really make a difference to a contemporary orangery.
- Safety and security- One of the most important considerations is the safety and security of your property. The door is first and foremost line of defense for your property, and this needs to be secure and safe, to keep out uninvited guests. In terms of safety, the bi-fold door is the best option. This uses multiple locking systems, and strengthened glass that cannot be removed from the outside.
- Thermal efficiency- Bi fold doors are incredibly energy efficient as they use a special glass which actually reduces the loss of thermal energy. As a result, bi-fold doors can help to keep your energy bills down. The same cannot be said for patio doors or french doors.
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