French Doors

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Guarantees you can depend on.

We have built up a great reputation over years of delivering a first class service and excellent products, all from our local, no nonsense all-about-you company.

From characteristic country cottages to contemporary town houses, we’re confident that our products will offer a style and finish to truly transform your home. Through constant innovation the quality, durability and security of our products is genuinely second to none. As a local company we are proud to offer British Standards BS7412/PAS24 for enhanced security.

We refuse to compromise on quality

Our windows are made from British Made, high quality MarinespecTM components, with up to 25 years anti corrosion. They are built specifically for the more exposed areas of corrosion, such as coastal environments to give you worry free performance beyond your guarantee.  We believe spending more on components is worth every penny, and sets us apart from our competitors.

State of the art fabrication for best quality

We have invested millions of pounds into one of the most state of the art manufacturing facilities in the UK.  This enables us to provide you with consistently high quality products at exceptionally good prices. Our loyal factory workers are well trained and take pride in their work, they really care about quality.  Our machines are maintained according to a rigorous servicing regime to keep them in top condition.

Superior energy efficiency

Our ‘A’ rated energy efficient and triple glazed windows are tested by the BFRC, which will save you money on your heating bills. By law your windows and doors have to meet strict thermal performance regulations but you can be rest assured that our products exceed current requirements.

Energy saving is incredibly important and so is keeping your fuel bills down. We are continuously looking for ways to make our homes energy efficient and one way is to choose new PVCu windows and doors. Not only will they help to keep your home warmer, they will reduce your energy loss.

Don’t just take our word for it!

Our suppliers conform to strictly controlled and independently monitored Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, to ensure that everything is done correctly and according to best practise.

Our windows are tested independently by British Standards for security, weather tightness and strength performance. This means that periodically, we have to send them to independent test houses, in order to be tested to destruction.

These are just some of the many standards the products in our vast range conform to. Needless to say we take the quality of our products very seriously indeed.


Made to measure

The styles available are endless and the choices to suit your home are bigger than ever before. Traditional, contemporary or modern; our versatile window and door designs will create the look you want to complement and enhance your home. If you want windows that are as individual as you, our range of coloured and woodgrain windows offer you fifteen different colours and finishes.

A local business that really cares about its customers

Our sales consultants, surveyors, admin team and installers really care about you and your home. They are highly trained, motivated and want to go the extra mile to do the best possible job. Our fitters will treat your home with care and respect and will take time to ensure that you are delighted with the end result.

With a local showroom including an extensive display and experts on hand you can see before you buy and meet the team!

Are French doors always double?

If you install French doors, you will have two doors that are part of the same frame, rather than two separate doors in two separate frames. This means that when you open them they provide unobstructed access to your garden or outdoor space. You can choose to open just one door, or open both depending on the amount of ventilation you want to let into your home.

At Britannia, our French doors are always double, although if you only have a single door frame we can create a glazed external door to your garden that lets in natural light even when it’s closed.

Why is it called a French door?

You’ve guessed it – they originated in France! The design has strong Greek and Italian influences as well; during the Renaissance period, new styles of architecture were developed that looked at bringing more light into the home, and these large, glass doors were a great example of that. They were used extensively in France, often as doors leading to outdoor balconies, and before long the style gained popularity in other parts of the world. Now they are a classic and elegant door choice to link your home and your garden, and we provide them in a variety of styles so you can find one that fits your home perfectly.

What is the difference between patio doors and French doors?

French doors consist of one frame with two doors inside that open (either inwards or outwards) to your garden. Patio doors, on the other hand, are more often sliding doors and can consist of one or two sliding panels, depending on the space you have available. Both are great choices for doors opening to an outdoor area. French doors give you a larger space to walk through and increased ventilation, but you need to make sure the doors won’t take up too much space in your home. Patio doors stay within the frame, so are good for homes with limited space.

Do I need planning permission for French doors?

You don’t need planning permission for French doors, either if you’re replacing doors in the same size opening or if you are making a larger opening for your French doors. However this is only true when the doors are at the rear of the property and not facing a road. You also have to be careful if you are in a listed building or in a protected area as there may be additional restrictions in place. At Britannia we are certified with CERTASS so we make sure your new doors comply with building regulations approval – one less thing for you to worry about!

Do French doors swing in or out?

It’s all down to personal preference; French doors can either open inwards or outwards. Some people prefer inwards-opening if otherwise the doors would block a path outside or if there are shrubs in the way of them swinging outwards, but they do take up extra space inside. Outward-opening doors give you more space inside your home, and with our modern tension hinges, you don’t need to worry about them getting caught in the wind and slamming. It all depends on the space you have and which you would prefer; contact us today to get some advice on which would be better for you and your home.

Do French doors increase home value?

If you only have a standard door leading out to your garden, then extending this opening and installing French doors can add value to your home. It increases the amount of light your home receives, as the doors are almost entirely made of glass, and it gives your home a more open-plan feel. It is also a great way to show off your outdoor space and make it more a part of your home. To really add value with French doors, you’ll have to make sure that they are high quality and durable. At Britannia we only use the highest quality materials, so your French doors will provide a beautiful addition to your home without sacrificing thermal efficiency or security.

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