If you are tired of fighting with the old slider going out to the deck or patio, consider replacing it with a new double french door. These doors will give your house an attractive, updated look and be easier to operate. Double french doors can be purchased with both sides opening, one side fixed or in a bifold configuration. If you need, you can get additional panels to open up your space to the outside onto the patio or deck even more. You can shop for these french doors at your local building store or online in the comfort of your home.
You have a lot more choice of style, design and finish than in the past. You can get double french doors with glass or solid panels and with frames in solid wood, molded wood by-product, UPVC, aluminum and aluminum clad. You can choose clear, tinted or frosted glass for the inserts or get all glass doors.These doors come in many styles to match any decorating style you may have. Replacing a sliding door or closet doors may cost less than you think. Standard sizes will run from $230 to $310 per panel on average and a little more if you need custom sizing.
You can get double french doors for interior or exterior use with unfinished or ready to hang finishes. you may want unfinished to finish yourself to match existing woodwork, windows and cabinets. Double french doors have the advantage of being more secure than the old sliders. you can put better locks on them. There is also a wide range of hardware available to match the mood of your rooms and existing windows. Many people find them better to operate and lasting longer than sliders of the past.
Many manufacturers also offer products for sale if you need custom double doors to fit into non-standard spaces in historic houses or to fit into spaces not originally designed for a door. This is also helpful if you want to fit a screen near an entry door or beside a complete new system included as part of an home extension.
Some companies to look into are: AAW Doors Inc., Doors4Home, Craft Master, Nana Wall and Lanai Doors. All of these companies have web sites with a good representation of their doors and finishes. It is nice to do your pre-shopping on line in the comfort of your home, then look at their list of local retailers for your area to go see the actual doors in person.
The Quality Screen Co also manufacture a range of retractable screen doors - double french door starting at $479.95. These roll-away doors are custom made to fit your sizes and are available in white, bronze, black, satin, almond or desert sand finishes.
ETO doors manufacture in 100% Brazilian mahogany a very exquisite 4-Lite double french door system with segmented arch. Fitted with clear dual pane tempered glass and sized at 48" X 96" it is priced at $1499. Matching jambs are included in the price of the door but, add $460 for the exterior pre-hung double door unit.
You can purchase the doors locally from stock or special order the style and finish you really want and wait a little longer. You can also order doors direct from the website and have them shipped to you. It depends on what method your are comfortable with. Be sure to measure carefully so you get the correct sized door panels the first time around.
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