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New Back Doors / Patio Doors - A Comprehensive Buyers Guide for Home Owners

Replacing your back door or patio door? Choose the best type for your new door for the back of your house...


This article provides an overview about what to consider when replacing your back door or patio door. We give you the advantages and disadvantages of different door types. This should help you to make an informed decision before buying your new door.


House with French Back Door in Ireland
Typical French Back Door in Ireland

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Choose your back door carefully

Most houses in Ireland have a back door or patio door. Before you decide what door you get you should think about the main goals that door has for your house. You should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is safety the main concern for your back door?

  • Do you need additional light in the room?

  • Do you want in summer to make one room out of the patio and kitchen / dining / living room?

  • Would an open swing door be in the way on the patio?

  • Is the back of your house susceptible to strong winds?

Depending on the goals you have identified for your back door you can choose from the following general back door types.


Back door types:

The Standard Single Door is perfect if security is a main concern and you only use the door as access to bins, shed, garage, etc. As a slight variation, the Single Doors with half or full glass allow some light to enter the room. French doors are perfect for access to a bigger patio. Sliding doors are better if the patio is small without space to swing door panels open. Folding doors are perfect if a large area needs to be opened. However, sliding and folding doors are more susceptible to mechanical problems throughout their life time.


Advantages & disadvantages of each back door type

Each door on the market comes with pros and cons. It is important to find out what is important to you.


Standard Single Doors

Standard Single Door (Palladio)

This type of door would be similar to your front door. There is no glazing and the door is a single swing door with secure locks. The most popular materials used for this type of back door are uPVC or composite doors. We recommend this door for back doors which are only needed to access bins, sheds, garages, etc.


Advantages

  • More secure than the other types of doors

  • Nobody can peep into the room

  • Sturdy, weather-resistant and difficult to break into

  • Vast choice of doors to pick from

  • Very little cleaning needed

  • Very energy-efficient

  • No blinds needed

  • Low maintenance

  • Reasonable price


Disadvantages

  • It offers no light for the room behind it

  • Having a narrow opening, it doesn't allow to connect patio and room to one living space in summer

  • The door allows no views into the garden

  • The doors need space outside or inside to be opened

  • To keep door open on windy days it needs a special latch


We can install any standard single door you pick. We take the measurements for you, source the door and fit it professionally. We recommend Palladio composite doors! Design your own door and get a detailed quote from us:


Single Doors with Glass

Single Doors with Glass

There are many variations how glass can be introduced into a Standard Single Door for the back of your house. Half glass, full glass, or anything between can be used. The more glass, the more light. However, more glass means less privacy and less security.


Advantages

  • Compact door

  • Allows some light to enter room

  • Vast choice of doors to pick from

  • Very little cleaning needed

  • Low maintenance

  • Reasonable price


Disadvantages

  • Not as secure as a standard door without glass(alarm recommended)

  • Easy to peep into the room

  • Not as energy-efficient

  • Needs regular cleaning of the glass

  • Might need blinds to avoid overheating of room in summer

  • The doors need space outside or inside to be opened

  • To keep door open on windy days it needs a special latch


We can install any single door with glass you pick. We take the measurements for you, source the door and fit it professionally. We recommend Palladio composite doors! Design your own door and get a detailed quote from us:


French Doors

French Door onto üatio

As the name suggest, the French door originates from France. In the 17th century the nobles wanted to look out into the gardens even when sitting in their living room. This fully glazed door allowed them a great view and it lit up the living room at the same time. A French door has typically two glazed wings, which can be open separately.


Advantages

  • Lightens up the room behind it

  • Allows views out into the garden or patio

  • Gives a feeling of more space in the house

  • Allows to watch children playing in the garden

  • When open it can connect the room in the house and the patio to one big living space

  • Sturdy opening and locking mechanism

  • Medium price


Disadvantages

  • Not as secure as a standard door (alarm recommended)

  • Easy to peep into the room

  • Not as energy-efficient

  • Needs regular cleaning of the glass

  • Medium maintenance

  • Might need blinds to avoid overheating of room in summer

  • Both doors need space outside to be opened

  • To keep door open on windy days it needs a special latch


We can install any French Door you pick. We take the measurements for you, source the French Door and fit it professionally. You can design your own French Door and send the result to us:


Sliding Doors

Sliding Patio Back Door

Sliding doors are usually fully glazed and don’t fold outward, but instead slide behind one another. The sliding is typically achieved by having several tracks offset from one another. Most sliding doors have a fixed half and a sliding half. For external doors it's rare to have both parts sliding.


Advantages

  • Doesn't need space outside to be opened

  • No latch needed to hold it open on windy days

  • Lightens up the room behind it

  • Allows views out into the garden or patio

  • Gives a feeling of more space in the house

  • Allows to watch children playing in the garden

  • Medium price


Disadvantages

  • Only half the door can be opened

  • Not as secure as a standard door (alarm recommended)

  • Easy to peep into the room

  • Not as energy-efficient

  • Needs regular cleaning of the glas and the sliding tracks

  • Might need blinds to avoid overheating of room in summer

  • More maintenance required

  • Moving parts get damaged quicker


We can install any sliding door you pick. We take the measurements for you, source the sliding door and fit it professionally. You can design your own Sliding Door and send the result to us:


Folding Doors

Folding Patio Back Door

Folding doors are also called bi-fold doors and are typically fully glazed. A folding door consist of a series of panels, each of which is tethered to its neighbours via hinges so that the entire arrangement can be collapsed in a concertina. It can span over a wide area and allows the rooms of the house to connect fully to the patio and garden.


Advantages

  • Allows to open up a wide area

  • When open it can connect the room in the house and the patio to one big living space

  • Needs only little space inside and outside to be opened

  • No latch needed to hold it open on windy days

  • Lightens up the room behind it

  • Allows views out into the garden or patio

  • Allows to watch children playing in the garden


Disadvantages

  • Danger for injury when folded up

  • Many moving parts which can get damaged.

  • Not as secure as a standard door (alarm recommended)

  • Easy to peep into the room

  • Not as energy-efficient

  • Needs regular cleaning of the glas, the sliding tracks and the hinges

  • Might need blinds to avoid overheating of room in summer

  • More maintenance required

  • High price

We can install any folding door you pick. We take the measurements for you, source the folding door and fit it professionally.



 

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