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Best Doors for Home Extensions: Styles Compared

By February 13, 2019August 4th, 2020No Comments

When choosing new windows and doors for your home extension, there are a lot of factors to think about from your property style to maximising views from the new space. That’s why we thought it would be really useful to compare some of the most popular door styles to help you make the best choice for your home.

Sliding Doors

Traditional patio doors are what many people instantly think of when imagining sliding doors, but products like Cortizo’s Cor Vision Plus sliding doors have taken their style to a whole new level. Aluminium frames are growing in popularity thanks to the additional strength they provide which means that frames are slimline and less bulky while also being able to hold larger panes of glass. The benefit of this is that sightlines become narrower, allowing for a ‘glass wall’ effect to be created. When designing a new extension, some homeowners like to take advantage of where it will be built. This includes delivering expansive views of their garden and outdoor spaces while bringing the outdoors in as much as possible (as well as maximum natural light). This type of style is best suited for those who have the flexibility to create a large opening space for the new extension’s doorway.


One of the most practical options is bifolding doors, consisting of multiple door panels which stack against one another when opened, and you can tailor the configuration to your requirements. This includes the widths of each panel, the total number of panels and inwards and outwards opening. You can also select how they’ll stack. For example, someone choosing 4-panel bifolds may opt to have all the panels stack to one side, split directly in the middle or install a static door with three bifolds stacking to the opposite side.

You can even install bifolds around a corner or a bay. Such versatility gives homeowners the flexibility to customise bifolding doors around the use of the room. The other benefit is that when open, they provide maximum access in the doorway which can be great for those who want to enhance the flow between the outdoors and their new extension.

French Doors

Finally, classic French doors are still a popular choice for many homeowners who love their timeless style. Their classic and elegant design is perfect for extensions that don’t have wide opening spaces, but where you would still like to frame the garden as much as possible. Far from being suited to just period properties, they can also add some character to newer homes. They open like a traditional door would with a high quality handle, but still offer flexible configuration choices through inward or outward opening. French doors are also ideal for those who want a little more privacy in their extension with a range of obscure and textured glazing options available.


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Here at Unique Windows, we provide an extensive collection of beautiful windows and doors across South London and Surrey, including Warlingham, Banstead and Balham. We also offer an all-in-one home extension service to manage your project from start to finish. Call now on 020 8770 7397 to tell us what you need.

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