Cheap French Doors
Cheap French Doors Prices & Designs.
5 great ideas for exterior French doors.
French doors have been around a long time, and remain one of the more popular types of exterior door to use around the home. Whether you prefer a traditional, rustic or modern look, if you have a little patience and shop around, finding low cost French doors is not too difficult.
What do we mean by Cheap French Doors?
It’s sensible to, firstly, establish a common understanding of what we mean when we refer to a cheap French Door. For us, it means a product that demonstrates value for money or a product that is priced lower than average, but is still of good quality.
To get a good quality cheap French door takes a little “know how”, so here is a 5-point guide to French door prices and designs.
1What are French Doors made from?
You can buy French doors made from either Wood, Aluminium or UPVC.
- UPVC: Many homeowners choose to fit UPVC French doors based on the relatively lower prices, choice of designs and long lifespan.
- Aluminium: Whilst nowhere near as popular as UPVC, Aluminium & Aluminium clad designs offer amazing looks and decades of use. However, prices are at the higher end.
- Wood: Softwood French doors, in our opinion, are more suited for internal use, because softwood expands & contracts a lot when it dries out or gets wet. A better option is to use engineered timber, which is much more stable. Hardwood designs bring the “natural” look & feel and can also last decades. However, like aluminium, prices are at the higher end.
2What is the best French Door design?
Keeping it simple, you have 3 main design options, 2 of which are swing opening doors and 1 of which has a sliding function.
- Classic look: Typically, this exterior door style has the glazed area made up of a grid of small glass panels. You can see very often see the glass panels laid out in a 2×5, 3×5 configuration.
- Full length glass: This design uses a single full length glass panels.
- Sliding French Patio Doors: Even though this design features a set of doors that open from the centre (the hallmark of a French door), they are really a set of inline siding patio doors.
In this case, the best French door design is going to be the one that suits your property and personal preference the most. Of the 3 styles, the full length glass option is likely to have lower price.
3French Doors with Side Panels.
For openings that are wider than around 2000mm you are in the territory of adding side panels. The same will apply to openings that are higher than normal (over 2200mm), but in this case you need a top panel.
Adding side panels will definitely push up the cost of the installation, with the extra material and labour needed.
|Typical UK French Door Leaf Sizes (Ex frame 35 to 45 mm thick)|
|6 feet 6 inches (or 1981mm)||2 feet 6 inches (or 762mm)|
|6 feet 6 inches (or 1981mm)||2 feet 9 inches (or 838mm)|
|6 feet 8 inches (or 2032mm)||2 feet 8 inches (or 813mm)|
4Keeping the costs down
It can be quite easy to get a bit carried away when choosing your new doors and add all the fancy features. You will then find that, suddenly, your French doors are not so cheap anymore.
- Glazing bars: to get the small window effect, you can use inserts for a double glazed full length glass door. The grid fits inside the sealed unit. Because it is cosmetic and not structural it’s a less costly way to have a classic French Door appearance. On the other hand, Astragal bars are fixed to the surface of the glass to give a more realistic 3D finish (non-structural).
- Aluminium & UPVC coloured & woodgrain textures: These cost extra, so if you want a cheaper French door, stick with a white smooth surface finish.
- Leaded, patterned & coloured glazing: All of these optional extras have the effect of increasing costs.
- Door furniture: Prices increase If you opt for non-standard fittings i.e. handles, locks or hinges. As an example just adding a thumb turn latch can cost an extra £20 – £25.
How much difference to the price can optional extra’s make?
2018 UPVC French Door Prices from a well-known UK company (supply only):
1800mm wide x 2100mm high
- Standard white UPVC, full length clear glass, standard furniture & cill, opening outwards: Online cost of £545.00 (ex VAT)
- Antique Oak UPVC, Astragal bars, chrome furniture. Low threshold cill, thumb turn lock, opening outwards: Online cost of £1049.00 (ex VAT).
As you can see from the above example, those extras almost doubled the cost of the job.
5How much do French Doors Cost?
Average Prices guide
Prices are for supply only as the cost of labour is also a factor that has a wide price range across the country.
What are average Prices for Double Glazed French doors?
- 900 x 2100mm / White / UPVC – from £450 to £550
- 1500 x 2100mm / White / UPVC – from £500 to £600
- 1900 x 2100mm / White / UPVC – from £600 to £700
- 1900 x 2100mm / Factory finished Aluminium – from £1,500 to £2,000
- 1900 x 2100mm / pre-finished OAK – from £1,000 to £1,200
Don’t forget to closely look at any guarantees that are on offer, for the door, the installation work itself and for any deposit that you might have to make.
Certified or accredited installers are always the best option to do the work, the Trade bodies that oversee their work offer good levels of consumer protection and make sure their members are competent in order to retain their membership.
Look for CERTASS, FENSA, DGCOS, TRUSTMARK GGF certified installers (or similar).
If the price seems “too good to be true” then it probably is. It’s rare that the very cheapest of any product offers value for money. Get plenty of quotes from independent suppliers and compare the detail to satisfy yourself that your deal is the best for you.
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