Patio doors for the home.

Patio doors come in all manner of styles and designs, providing a big range of solutions in your home.  In this article, we explain all the different types of patio doors available helping you understand the many options available.

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Choosing the right patio doors for your home.

First of all, one of the main reasons for choosing new patio doors is providing access to your outside area.  Not only do these doors need to provide functionality but security is important too.  With many patio doors at the back of the house and often sheltered, a robust patio door is crucial.  There are other considerations with choosing the right patio doors too.

  • Bigger houses with more than one door to the outside offer the choice of more than one door type.
  • Smaller houses with just one back door to the outside require functionality and convenience.
  • New extensions give more scope for door types compared to old doors in existing openings.
  • Consider access for children, the elderly or wheelchair users.
  • Think about if you use your patio doors to get into your home as well as your front door.

At Aspire Bifolds, we help you with all these design aspects, therefore making sure you get the right door for your particular house and how you use it.

Choosing the best material for new doors.

PVCu patio doors remain the most affordable option as sliding doors or French Doors.  We don’t recommend PVCu bifolding doors as our experience tells us these are not as reliable as aluminium over the longer term.  However, if budget is important or you are renovating a rental property, PVCu is a great option.   There are also PVCu products in timber look materials such as our Residence 9 system, providing an authentic timber look door without the cost of maintenance of real wood.

Aluminium patio doors by far give you the most product choices and come in virtually all types of doors designed for the back of the house and exterior use.  Aluminium doors also offer the biggest choice of colours. With aluminium doors, you also get the thinnest frames, bigger glass sizes and bigger door sizes than other materials too.

Types of sliding patio doors.

Our at-a-glance guide shows you what doors come in what materials.

Patio door Styles
  Aluminium PVCu
Single Door
French Door or Double Door
Folding Door  
Steel-Replacement Door  
Doors with windows/screens
Slim/Minimalist Sliding Door  
Flush/Timber-look Doors  

We also list the different types of doors available, how they work and some features.

Bifolding Doors.

Choose a bifolding door and benefit from the best in functionality with style.  A bifold door opens in or out, slides to the left or the right and also comes with a convenient traffic door for everyday use without having to fold all the panels back every time.

With bifolding doors, you also get a selection of thresholds giving you that sought-after flush or low threshold to the outside.  There is even a fixed or open corner door arrangement with our Origin bifold doors. And of course, bifolding doors replace old patio doors as well as for a new extension.  A great example of a slimline bifolding door is our Schuco ASS70 with 120mm mullion sight lines, smooth running gear and top quality hardware.

Sliding Doors.

Choose a sliding patio door and you get the biggest glass sizes, door panels and the best views. We suggest a sliding door where your home has a big garden or great views and when you want less visible aluminium.  Just like bifolding doors, sliding doors come in a big choice of styles, from two up to six or more panels.  For the biggest glass panels and a minimal amount of frame, we suggest the Origin sliding door with a 20mm interlock.

Sliding doors come with low threshold options, open or fixed corner models and even doors that slide entirely into the new wall of your extension, disappearing from view.

Steel-look patio doors.

One of the most sought after and on-trend products is the steel look or steel replacement patio door.  Our Alitherm Heritage Patio doors feature authentic glazing bars and period hardware in the style of classic steel doors.

We have specially developed these metal and industrial style doors enhancing your home with a contemporary patio door solution.  Visit our showroom to view our examples of French Doors, single doors and even steel look bifolding doors as well as matching fixed internal screens.

As a patio door, steel look doors are trendy designed as double French doors with matching side panels and run through glazing bars in a black finish.

French Doors

For existing door openings, smaller houses, balconies or as part of a new extension, French doors are a great alternative. They can open in or out, come with standard or low thresholds and are affordable.  Best of all, we can even take out an existing window, knock out the brickwork, creating a new door. Our Aluk, Origin, Schuco and the entire range of PVCu products come as a French Door.

More ventilation, better functionality and added benefits in the summer months. A great way to transform a room in your home.

Other patio door options for the home.

As well as these types of doors, don’t forget you can integrate different doors and incorporate opening windows, lantern roofs, skylights and much more.

With all our patio doors provide as standard toughened safety glass, enhanced security upgrades and a big choice of colours.  We also offer some great one-brand solutions such as our Origin Home range of products, giving you one brand throughout your house with a single-point guarantee.

Contact us for patio door prices.

By far the best place to view our range of doors is in our Epsom showroom. Visit us or get in touch to arrange a free quotation and home survey.

 

 

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Roy H.
Roy H.
08:22 02 Aug 21
From the first phone call, a visit to the showroom, through to the site survey and installation, the Aspire team have been unfailingly both very professional, problem solving and friendly. They delivered a great product and service, at a good price, on time, with flexibility, diligence and a smile, and that in our experience is almost unheard of these days.We will definitely turn to Aspire again when we next need windows etc, and can't recommend them enough.
Chris Y.
Chris Y.
09:06 13 Jul 21
Brilliant Service from start to finish. From the time we got in touch for initial quotation for our bi-folds doors until delivery of the products and installation this company was a pleasure to work with and highly recommend this company. The entire team we dealt with including James, Danny and his installation team, Peter, Frankie have been very friendly, courteous and professional. Always punctual and did their best to meet all our requirements. Excellent workmanship and quality products. Good competitive prices too. Very pleased with everything and Thanks very much Aspire Bifolds for a job well done.
Buddhika B.
Buddhika B.
10:05 18 May 21
Super impressed with the level of service and how quickly they got the job done. Really happy with our new bifolds fitted just in time for spring!Would definitely recommend
Greg P.
Greg P.
09:50 05 May 21
Aspire did the most beautiful job in our house. The installed our windows a few months ago, and I couldn't be happier.They were always happy to answer to our question.They came at 8 o'clock and installed the windows very swiftly with a very clean and tidy result. They decorated afterwards around the windows and you couldn't tell those weren't the original windows as the result was so good.We have a toddler in of the rooms they were installing the windows and they accommodated their work around his naps which was brilliant.If you are looking for anything window or door related look no further, I will definitely recommend and if needed use them again.
GEMMA M.
GEMMA M.
10:20 28 Apr 21
Aspire supplied the most beautiful 7m sliding doors for my extension. The doors are great quality and all the fitting and snagging very professionally handled. Would not hesitate to use this company. Thank you.
Jo J.
Jo J.
15:33 16 Mar 21
I would recommend Aspire Bifolds. We love our bifolds and the service we received was great.
Karen A.
Karen A.
07:40 16 Mar 21
The team were so brilliant, helpful and lovely to deal with to supply and fit of our new steel look heritage doors. We are delighted with them and heartily recommend using Aspire! A great experience all round.
Andy P.
Andy P.
11:15 05 Feb 21
Best Bifold supplier in Surrey
Martin J.
Martin J.
19:06 06 Jan 21
Great Service from Aspire, with comprehensive knowledge on bifold systems and went with the ORIGIN product. Hassle free communication throughout contract and install just before Christ.as 2020.
Simon C.
Simon C.
16:01 04 Jan 21
We were recomended to Aspire by our carpenter who was building a garden room for us, and we were not dissapointed.From the initial meeting to the completion of the work the company , and especially John Small, and the lads that came to install the doors on one of the wettest days of the year, have been excellent.The Bifolds are amazing. They look so good, and when they open and close they sound solid and beautifully made.Superb job. Thank you.
Simon B.
Simon B.
08:12 25 Nov 20
I don't usually write reviews but Aspire have been an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish. After replacing my neighbours sliding doors they came highly recommended. The lady on the phone was extremely helpful and understood my requirements, and my quotation was turned around quickly. I had some technical questions regarding the threshold; and unlike other companies I dealt with, I was not treated as a nuisance and Ji (I hope I spelt this correctly!) talked me through everything. The surveyor arrived within a day of me signing and despite the current situation with many delays, they still installed within the quoted lead time!The Schuco bifolds we now have look amazing and we are so thrilled we went with Aspire Bifolds!Thanks alot Ji and Team.Cliff
Cliff Bentley T.
Cliff Bentley T.
14:33 04 Nov 20
From the very beginning of discussing what products I’d like, through to survey and fitting, Aspire have been fabulous. Very happy with both the products themselves and the service throughout, would thoroughly recommend!
Thank you so much!
Cat P.
Cat P.
10:56 23 Sep 20
Aspire were great to work with and we are delighted with the finished product. We got bifolds, skylight, large side windows and french doors all for a highly competitive price. We had some unavoidable delays due to the pandemic but we were always kept in the loop with what was going on with our order. we are extremely pleased with the quality and value we got through working with them.
Frankie H.
Frankie H.
12:32 11 Sep 20
Very professional. Do a great job.
Rupert P.
Rupert P.
08:23 11 Sep 20
I would absolutely recommend Aspire Bifolds. They provided a great product at a reasonable price. Installation team was friendly and professional. They installed in less than a day.We also encountered a small issue with the measurement of the doors, but the leadership at Aspire was quick to cover additional costs incurred to rectify the issue. We really appreciated their professionalism on this matter.
Tim S.
Tim S.
06:54 10 Sep 20
Huge thank you to Aspire Bifolds for our external steel look doors, we’re so happy with them and the guys were quick, responsive and all around brilliant. Would really recommend Aspire Bifolds.
Libby R.
Libby R.
07:42 06 Sep 20
Very efficient and helpful service 2 years on from original door fitting.Thanks so much Aspire!
Kim L.
Kim L.
11:00 27 Jul 20
Aspire bifolds removed some old wooden sliding doors and replaced them with some lovely French doors. They did a fantastic job- they spent time with me to ensure I had made the right choice of door, it took no time to fit them and the fitter was friendly, polite, clean and courteous. Quote was competitive and I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Natasha H.
Natasha H.
19:59 23 Jul 20
We went with Aspire after getting a few quotes, they weren't the cheapest but were still competitive. We chose them on the basis of their reviews and I am really glad we did! The service has been excellent throughout, our doors were installed far quicker than we were expecting, the fitter's attention to detail is great, and the quality of the doors is fantastic.After installation we did have a few problems with finding marks on the glass, which is provided by another firm, and had a few panes replaced. John, the director, ended up coming round himself and offered to replace the final pane. I know that many firms would just have ignored our calls once we had paid everything, so to have this level of service was fantastic. This proved our decision to go with a slightly more expensive firm in Aspire was the right move!
Scott S
Scott S
12:10 16 Jul 20
After a lot of research I came across Aspire Bifolds, went to the showroom and they have a very good selection of doors to choose from.From start to finish it's been a pleasure to deal with everyone connected to Aspire Bifolds and their aftercare service is first class.Top quality product, installation and all round experience from this company. Would have no hesitation in using them again.
Paresh M.
Paresh M.
12:32 14 Apr 20
Professional first class service from start to finish. Highly recommend on service and price
Catherine Kenton M.
Catherine Kenton M.
18:59 08 Apr 20
We recently used Aspire for purchase and installation of smart system heritage doors for our extension. We are thrilled with the finished product. John and the team are brilliant, every person I spoke to was helpful and friendly. Email response was really fast. The whole process from start to finish was seamless and stress free.The installers were efficient and tidy, they left the place cleaner than when they arrived. Following installation we noticed a scratch on one of the panes, we thought it could be buffed out, but the whole pane was replaced without issue within a week.It is rare to find a company with such great customer service and work ethic these days. I would certainly be happy recommending Aspire to anyone.
Rebecca D.
Rebecca D.
11:39 27 Feb 20
I visited Aspire Bifolds to discuss some technical details of the installation requirement for sliding doors. Both of the staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful and in particular Ji was able to answer all of my questions and demonstrate some of the details on the door installation in the showroom. Overall a very helpful visit.
GeoffandLesley H.
GeoffandLesley H.
23:47 22 Feb 20