Sliding patio doors have long been known to add more to a property than just improvements in aesthetics. They will also bring improvements to the functionality, security and more importantly, the value of a property.
Whatever your reason for doing so, improving the appearance of your home or adding a new dimension to a room by replacing a single external door, maybe converting a window opening or simply to add some resale value to your home, this guide will hopefully be of some value to you.
Sliding patio doors are great because they are suitable for just about any openings no matter the size. This gives you the ability to have them configured and made to measure to your very own specifications. They are also available in either timber aluminium or uPVC frames and come in a number of different colours and finishes.
Those are just a few of the benefits of double glazed sliding patio doors (with a few other options more being shown below).
As mentioned beforehand, there are three different materials used in the manufacture of sliding patio door frames and these are either timber, aluminium or Upvc.
Sliding patio doors manufactured from uPVC proving to be the most popular of the two. The main reasons for this is that uPVC is a lower cost material that also has lower maintenance needs (as well as the material also being a great insulator).
uPVC sliding patio doors are also available in a number of different colours such as white, oak, rosewood or grey. This allows for a more customised look for any home setting.
Aluminium, on the other hand, for a long time gained widespread popularity when used in commercial buildings rather than residential, as it is also very durable but has a higher structural strength and can support larger glass windows which makes it ideal for bigger installations.
Some of the latest designs of patio door using aluminium are truly amazing to see and super easy to use. The colour choice for aluminium sliding patio doors is very extensive – 100+ shades of powder coats at least.
The cost of any particular sliding patio door will depend on various major factors. Such as the base manufacture material chosen, the width, the height and also the number of doors required.
Additionally, the prices involved will also vary greatly depending on whether you wish to have them fitted or just supplied. Of course, the latter would either require you to fit the sliding patio doors yourself or find a third-party to do this for you.
Generally prices will start as low as £700 for the standard supply of white 2-pane uPVC sliding patio doors with the price increasing depending on the many other variables as stated above.
On the other end of the scale you could be looking at as much as £3000 for something like a 4-pane hardwood framed sliding patio door at the maximum sizes.
|Basic door design||Approximate size of unit||Average price guide|
|White UPVC 2 panel||2200 mm x 2200 mm||from £700 to £900|
|Wood effect UPVC 2 panel||2200 mm x 2200 mm||from £1,000 to £1,350|
|White UPVC 3 panel||3000 mm x 2200 mm||from £1,100 to £1,300|
|White UPVC 4 panel||3500 mm x 2200 mm||from £1,200 to £1,500|
So you can see that double glazed sliding patio doors prices can be vastly different depending on your size requirements and the finish desired. This does mean however, that there is going to be something for almost any budget.
Our advice (and that of consumer groups) is to get at least 4 separate written quotes from independent installers and look for the doors to be installed by FENSA or CERTASS registered professionals – all the quotes we supply are from FENSA or CERTASS certified installers.
Whichever sliding patio doors you eventually choose, you can be confident that your home will look better and be more enjoyable as soon as your new doors have been installed
bear in Mind that if there is significant construction work needed to for the opening then installation time will increase.