French door cost guide

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French doors are often customers’ first go-to selection when it comes to choosing options for patio doors. Classic and elegant, they will never go out of style, similar to uPVC Casement Windows. Depending on what materials you go for, there are a number of options and prices open to you.

Are French doors right for me?

Traditionally-speaking, French doors are better for those who have a smaller amount of space to work with. So a narrow house would suit French patio doors particularly well.

Because these are swing-out style with two hinges, they don’t take up a huge amount of space. For example, if you had a larger surface area to work with, you might want to opt for something like a bi-fold door.

In a more practical sense, French doors are ideal if you want to open out onto the world outside. They usually swing outwards rather than inwards, which is perfect for opening out the back-end of your home when you want to create some circulation and another entrance into your garden from your property.

Pricing

The absolute starting price for a set of French doors is around £385, which excludes any labour costs at all. However, this isn’t always a realistic figure to work with. Once you start to add labour costs, you begin to reach a more average price.

If you are converting a window into a set of French doors, for example, you can expect the few days of labour and installation to cost around £750.

However, If you were planning on replacing an old pair of patio doors for a brand new pair of uPVC versions, you could expect the total job to just anywhere up to £900, as this takes into account one and a half days’ labour, the cost of the brand new doors and any extra costs on top.

The price of this could increase if you are looking for doors that have much bigger dimensions. This could also be affected if you’re looking for more alternative frame materials such as aluminium, as the cost of these to manufacture is much higher.

However, one price that doesn’t really waver the price of your French doors will be to what extent they are glazed. Half and fully-glazed doors cost around the same price; which one you opt for is a matter of personal taste. Just know that fully-glazed doors will let in more light and create a clearer view of the great outdoors.

Installation

French Door Installation

There are legal stipulations regarding thermal efficiency when it comes to glazed windows and doors. If you feel ambitious enough to install your French doors yourself, you should know that you must meet these regulations.

This means that when you install them, they must be completely sealed off from the outside world, which must be determined by your local authorities. It is, therefore, much wiser to get a professional installation.

French doors are never going out of style; that you can be sure. When it comes to cost, this will very much depend on the size of the doors and the materials you opt for. Labour costs can be excluded from the price, but the ordeal of installing them yourself might not be worth the savings.

Average Price for New Windows

Installation of new windows

Working out the likely cost of new windows can be a challenge as, in most cases, installation companies need to visit your home before they can provide a realistic quote. There are also lots of contributing factors that can affect the cost, such as the type of glazing, the frame materials, security features, and the complexity of the installation. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find the answers you need with a little bit of research. To help you find the best deal on your new windows we have put together this guide to the average price for new windows in the UK.

How much do new windows cost?

The frame material which you select for your new windows will have a big impact on the price you will pay. While each supplier’s prices will vary, here are some average prices based on research. These prices are for the supply and installation of a window but are intended as a representation only so you can see how much difference your choice of material could make to the price of a new window.

New Windows Prices

Size UPVC Aluminium Timber
600x900mm £250-£400 £550-£700 £850-£1,000
900x1200mm £400-£600 £650-£800 £1,200-£1,400
1200x1200mm £650-£900 £750-£1,000 £1,350-£1,500

The lowest cost option is usually UPVC, which also provides plenty of benefits for homeowners. For example, quality UPVC is durable and strong and only needs occasional cleaning to keep it in good condition. Beware of very cheap UPVC, however, as it is likely to be poor quality and may discolour and warp over time. Aluminium frames are more costly than UPVC but often offer better energy efficiency and durability. Both UPVC and aluminium are available in a wide range of colours and finishes.

UK house with new windows

Timber framed windows are the most expensive option, but some people prefer the look of authentic wood, particularly if their home is a period property. Timber frames require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition but can be painted or stained to change their colour.

Cost of New Windows by Style

New window prices will also vary depending on the style. If you’re wondering how much for new windows by style, here are some average prices for a UPVC window (excluding installation costs) in some popular styles.

Style of Window Average price range
Casement £150-£300
Sash £550-£850
Tilt and Turn £450-£600
Bay £1,000-£2,400

Casement windows are a popular choice as they are very versatile and suit most styles of home. These windows can be opened from the bottom, top or side.

Period properties such as Victorian and Georgian houses often have sash windows which are sliding panels, often in timber frames but increasingly in UPVC.

Tilt and turn windows are a more contemporary option which offer a lot of flexibility as they can be open fully or tilted to allow for ventilation.

A bay window protrudes out of the wall of the home and leaves a bay area inside. These windows can be a range of shapes include box windows, bow windows, oriel windows and circle bay windows.

A Sash Window is something which is becoming more commonplace and popular with UK homeowners, these windows are very sturdy and well built, lasting a long time.

If you’re looking for competitive prices for new windows, get in touch today and get a quote for double glazing from either ourselves or one of our trusted partners.

What is a Sash Window?

With period feature windows often being so coveted, you may be wondering what exactly constitutes as a sash window. You may have even moved into a gorgeous new place and are wondering whether the panes fitted in your home are indeed this style of window. So, what exactly makes a sash window? Read on to find out so you can be up to date with all you need to know. Want to know the average composite door price? Find out here about composite door prices.

Style

Sash Window

Sash windows are composed, strictly speaking, of moving panels or frames. These panels are referred to as ‘sashes’; hence the name. Typically, there is a top and bottom frame, with one easily adjustable panel. You will often see them in homes that originate from the Victorian or Georgian era. Many of these windows have six glass panels within each frame, which is often part of their iconic image.

Many people will be familiar with the vertically sliding variety, where one panel is fixed and other slides upwards or downwards. However, there is a style that pre-dates this version, which is referred to as the Yorkshire sash. This style of sash window slides horizontally, providing a look that befits a quintessential English cottage. You can also find versions of the sash window where both panels are adjustable. These are referred to as ‘double hung’ sash windows.

It may seem as if the moving panel must be opened and closed by brute force, however, this isn’t the case. The sash moves thanks to a mixture of cords and weights. The weights provide a balancing act between the weight of the sash and gravity; allowing it to stay open.  Some modern models use spiral balances to perform this trick.

Historical details

Sash windows date back from England in the 17th century, although the exact creator cannot be agreed upon. You might be interested to know that in the United States these are referred to as ‘muntins.’ Their classic appearance and historical significance often makes people wonder whether it is possible to have anything other than single-glazed panels in them. The answer is of course: yes! Plenty of modern buildings have double-glazed sash windows installed. The only time that this can be a problem is when the building is listed – you will need to have permission to replace the single-glazed versions.

What’s the appeal?

Victorian Sash Window

To put it plainly: sash windows add character to a building. What singles out a period building to its contemporary neighbours is its standout features. Often, one of the most noticeable features is the windows, and sash windows have an instantly recognisable aesthetic. The box frame and elegant glass panels often conjure the image of stately homes and elegant Victorian houses.

Sash windows may be using mechanics that still hark back to their century of origin; however it’s a style what has stood the test of time. Not only have they proven to be a desired feature in the 21st century, but also that they can adapt to the times. You can let in light with tall, elegant sash windows but keep the cold out with double-glazing.