Door styles & designs
Residential door styles are often described by their function. All the doors in this guide are exterior doors, which connect the home to the outside. Front doors and back doors are grouped together as ‘entrance doors’, and the other door styles are often referred to as patio doors. Patio doors tend to have a wider aperture and are so named as they lead the house onto the garden or patio.
Different companies will name their doors differently, however, there are three main types of door opening options: side-hung, sliding and folding. Entrance and French doors are usually side-hung, opening inwards or outwards on a set of hinges. These doors can also be paired to create double door sets. Sliding glass doors glide open by moving one panel behind the other, whereas bi-folding doors can be pushed to one side to completely open-up a room.
Make the best first impression with a beautiful front or back door.
Entrance doors are composed of a door ‘slab’ hung within a frame. They can be made of timber, uPVC, aluminium or composite materials, depending on the look and performance you’re looking for. Energy efficiency is a key factor to think about, and as more than 70% of intruders target the front entrance during a burglary, you should ensure your front door is highly secure.
Today’s entrance doors are fully customisable, so you can pick the style, colour, glass designs and accessories that you want. Most companies will be able to offer a wide range of classic and contemporary styles for you to choose from. Ask for an appointment to discuss your needs and design choices.
Charming entrance door that splits in two to let the outside in.
Entrance doors split horizontally in two opening sections to create a stable door. As the name suggests, stable doors originated in the farmyard, keeping animals safely locked in and allowing them to be seen, fed and petted at the same time! Modern day stable doors look like a regular front or back door when closed, but the top half can be opened independently. Combined with a heritage colour scheme they can make your home look like a country cottage.
Stable doors are usually available in uPVC and composite door materials. They feature the same locking systems as any other door in their range. However, you need to check that they can achieve the same protection against the elements, too.
Double open out door set, ideal for the back garden.
French doors feature two side-hung door panels that open in or out, operated by a pair of handles in the middle of the door set. Traditionally French doors were made from timber, but uPVC and aluminium framed door sets are now available.
The French door style is often used to add a touch of character and elegance to a home. They are a picturesque addition to any room and can also be designed into a conservatory. The classic style for French doors is Georgian, with white frames and astragal glazing bars dividing up the glass into squares. Black or grey frames are a popular modern twist, and can be customised with letterboxes, arched frames and period door furniture.
Sliding patio doors
Wide glass doors for impressive views to the outside.
Patio doors glide open and closed effortlessly, ideal for if you enjoy spending a lot of time in your garden. Perfect for larger apertures, sliding patio doors can be designed as a ‘wall of glass’, offering expansive views to the outside.
Patio doors are available in uPVC, or slimmer aluminium frames for an even better vista. The glass panels also slide into place behind one another, so they don’t take up any internal or external space.
When shut, patio doors can achieve a high level of energy efficiency. Patio doors must be double glazed as standard, but some companies offer triple glazing, with low e glass and other heat saving technologies. Modern patio doors are also cleverly designed to prevent break-ins through interlocking panels, multi-point bolts and anti-lift strips.
Slide and fold to fully open-up a room to the outside.
If you want to create the feeling of freedom, bi-fold doors are a clever way to open-up your space. Bi-fold doors fold up like a concertina, allowing you to push the panels open fully to one side. They can be created with up to 6 glass door panels up to a metre wide and installed in any room. In the kitchen, dining room, living room, extension, conservatory – the possibilities are endless!
Bi-folding doors are available with uPVC and timber frames, but aluminium is undoubtedly the best material for this door type. Due to its strength, aluminium can afford to have slimmer frames and carry larger glass units, whilst maintaining its structural integrity. Aluminium bi-folding doors also last longer and require little maintenance to keep them running consistently well.
Aluminium bi-fold doors fit flat against the frame for a stylish and modern architectural look. They can be designed in a range of colours, including classic monochrome white, black and grey.
How to choose a door that's right for your home
Some people choose a like-for-like replacement door for their home, but there are so many exciting designs and colours out there! It's a shame not to explore other options.
Think about your home’s overall aesthetic – are you looking for a more traditional or contemporary design? Every door can be configured for your home. With hundreds of door styles, colours, accessories, glass and material choices, there are thousands of possible combinations. That means you can design a door that’s unique to you.
Finally, remember that one size doesn’t fit all with doors. A door needs to fit the door into the frame precisely, with no tolerance for gaps that could create a draught. It’s for this reason that you should never buy a second-hand door – and make sure your installer fits a door made to measure your home exactly.
How to choose the perfect door?
When considering a new door, most people’s concerns generally stem around the colour they want, whether they want a painted or stained finish and what type of knockers, handles and letterboxes to have on it.
You might notice that these are mainly to do with the look and little to do with the functionality of the door. However, in terms of effectiveness and longevity, the most important factors to consider are more to do with how the door operates, begging the question: “What makes a great door?”
In our humble opinion, your door should:
1. Be easy going
No matter how great your doors look, they will soon lose their charm if you need to spend countless hours maintaining their appearance.
2. Look right
A bright yellow door with a chunky black knocker might make a statement but added to the front of a period home it might look a little ill placed. Make sure the style matches the building.
3. Be secure
Remember, the main benefits of your door are earned through its functionality, not through the way it looks, so choosing a door that has an abundance of style over substance is counter-productive. Make sure your choice is secure with multi-point locking mechanisms so it’s as safe as it is stunning.
4. Show support
It is vital that your door is attached to, and supported by, a secure frame. Frames that are incorrectly fitted will reduce the performance of the door and may lead the door to stick, let out warm air, let in cold air and even crack due to excess pressure.
5. Be energy efficient
British standards include energy ratings, which indicate how effective the door is and, effectively, how useful they are towards reducing energy bills. Do your research before you purchase.
6. Fit perfectly
Bespoke doors are made-to-measure, meaning they fit perfectly into the aperture of your home. That means the door is airtight and will not let hot air disappear outside, allowing you to hold back on artificial heating.
7. Be industry tested
Having a door that looks nice is great, but has it been rigorously tested in various harsh weather conditions? If not, then a short spell of bad weather may lead to some nasty surprises.
8. Reduce noise pollution
This is achieved by the combination of how well the door is fitted along with what type of glazing, if any, you have chosen. Make sure you ask the right questions about how much sound can be expected to be blocked out of your home. It can make an extraordinary difference to how you relax in your home.
9. Remain firm
With a quality bespoke door, you will avoid the annoyance of unwanted shakes and rattles. Modern designs are tested in extreme conditions so that this irritation becomes a thing of the past.
10. Offer reassuring guarantees
If you’re going to pay good money, you must make sure you receive suitable cover. Make sure you know exactly what the guarantees cover before you buy, along with how many years the cover runs.
Conservatories used to only have one roof option: polycarbonate. Over time, some older models have experienced problems such as leaking roofs, overheating, cold spots and poor sound insulation. With improvements in conservatory roof technology, these problems have been virtually eradicated.
A wider range of materials are now used to make conservatory roofs, which perform better for longer. Glass roofs use clever reflective coatings to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, tiled roofs are insulated to reduce heat loss, and modern polycarbonate roofs are now more energy efficient than ever before.
Glass conservatory roofs
If you want a sleek, architectural finish for your conservatory or extension, a glass roof is the ideal choice. They are available in any size and shape, and you can even specify a large atrium style roof.
Glass roofs are constructed using strong aluminium frames which support the glass units. These are also thermally efficient and can be fitted with uPVC ‘caps’ to match the frames if you have a uPVC conservatory. Sturdy and robust, these roofs are designed to withstand the worst of the British weather, including high winds and heavy snow.
Advances in glass technology means that a glass roof conservatory is not a greenhouse. These high-performance roofs are designed to retain natural heat whilst reflecting the sun’s glare, for a room that you can use all year round. A designer will be able to help you choose the right roof glass for your conservatory, depending on the angle of the sun.
Orangery designs often incorporate a glass roof that covers the whole roof without meeting the edges. This is because the inside features an interior ceiling perimeter, and the glass roof ‘lantern’ sits on top like a crown.
Lantern roofs can be made for any shape of orangery or conservatory, meaning you can have a ‘squarer’ type design, or one with rounded edges. You can even choose the frame colour, roof pitch, and glass type. The 'pelmet' or ceiling border can also incorporate lighting and even speakers.
Polycarbonate conservatory roofs
A polycarbonate roof is a multi-layered plastic roof made with clear or tinted plastic. It is created using layered ‘multi-wall’ plastic sheeting with an air gap between the sheets that helps to trap warm air. Lightweight and structurally stable, polycarbonate is an excellent and affordable way to roof your conservatory.
Like other roof materials, polycarbonate is now better equipped to deal with the elements. Blue, gold and other tinted roofs can help reduce heat gain by as much as 7 degrees on a hot day. Modern polycarbonate roofs also contain solar reflective inserts, which can reduce glare and block up to 99% of UV rays.
Tiled conservatory roofs
One complaint about ageing conservatories is that they let in too much light and heat from the sun’s rays. Whilst these issues have largely been resolved, some homeowners prefer to opt for a tiled roof instead.
Tiled roofs can fit the shape and style of your conservatory, giving you a vaulted or sloping ceiling. Different tiled finishes are available to match any style home, such as slate grey, pale shingles, Marley clay, and black or red tiles. Tiled roofs can even incorporate skylights or glazed sections if you want to let in more light.
These roofs are also known as ‘warm roofs’, because they can achieve high levels of thermal insulation. They can reach a U value as low as 0.12 W/m²K – that’s better than the average house roof.
Tiled roofs can be installed as quickly as any other conservatory roof, so you can start using your new conservatory sooner rather than later.
Traditional conservatory styles are ornate, with decorative features such as cresting along the ridge, and a finial at the top or end point. Another consideration is the roofline – you can specify a cornice, or neat roof edge trim, which adds to the period styling. Ask your designer about rainwater systems and downpipes to check that this system doesn’t detract from the overall look of your conservatory.
More and more homeowners are opting for composite front doors instead of replacement timber, uPVC or aluminium front doors. In this blog post we look at the pros of choosing a composite door and how it compares to other material choices.
Timber or composite?
Real timber has natural beauty but there is often a premium to pay for this, a low-quality timber can also warp and twist over time (Peter Fennell wooden doors are laminated and engineered to add strength, eradicate knots and resist twisting). A timber window will also need maintenance to keep it looking its best, we recommend redecorating every 3-4 years in moderate climates and 2-3 years in extreme climates. Timber is a natural material so also requires regular attention and should be cleaned at least twice a year. Composite doors are particularly easy to maintain; just general cleaning will keep them looking their best for years and little to none redecorating will be needed. In fact, because of the way composite doors are made they do not fade over time even in strong sun for several decades. The colour isn’t applied to the surface of the door so the colour will stay looking bright and bleach free. When deciding between a timber or composite door, the main thing to consider is maintenance. If regular cleaning and redecorating every couple of years isn’t an issue and you like the natural look of timber, then timber may be the choice for you. However, if you want a relatively maintenance free front door, then composite may be the choice for you. You could even choose our ‘light wood’ composite door which will give the impression of a timber door with all the added benefits of composite.
uPVC or composite?
uPVC is a fantastic choice of material for a front door, it is typically the least expensive material, very easy to maintain and more energy efficient than a natural choice like timber. However, uPVC isn’t necessarily the strongest material, some cheap uPVC doors that aren’t reinforced effectively can be broken easily and an intruder could easily get access to the inside handle of a property. A good quality uPVC door such as a Peter Fennell uPVC door is fully reinforced, hinges and locks are also fitted directly to the doors steel reinforcement. A uPVC door is made purely of plastic, whereas a composite door is made from many different materials which are selected for their properties and put together in a way to counter flaws you may find in a single material door. A composite door offers higher security because of their super-strong structure. When deciding between uPVC and composite the main things to consider are price and style. Generally, a uPVC door is going to be slightly cheaper than a composite door but there are more colour choices with composite, we currently offer 11 colour choices for uPVC front doors and 15 colour choices for composite front doors. You can also tailor a composite door to the style of your property easier, we have composite doors in traditional, contemporary and stable options to help maintain the look of your property.
Aluminium or composite?
Aluminium doors are super strong, easy to maintain, compliment any home and come in a range of styles. Aluminium is a composite material and is produced in a way which maintains strength (it can be as strong as steel) but remains light in weight. For this reason, an aluminium door can have a larger glass area than other materials while maintaining strength. By balancing strength and weight an aluminium door can be tougher than other materials such as uPVC. However, a cheap aluminium door can suffer from conduction and condensation issues, which means heat from the outside will be absorbed by the door in the summer making the home warm and cold will get into the home easier in the winter. Investing in a good quality aluminium door, such as one from Peter Fennell, which has thermal breaks in the frames insulate the home from outside temperatures. Aluminium doors are available in black semi-gloss, brown, battleship grey, charcoal grey and white, if you want a door with more character such as rose quartz, garnet or mulberry then composite may be a better option.
What’s right for me?
The answer to this question will often depend on your preferences, budget and how willing you are to keep up with maintenance once the door has been fitted. If you are investing in a good quality front door, such as one from Peter Fennell, whatever material you choose you can rest easy knowing they are all strong and are secured by design.
Modern window materials & new technologies
Historically, windows were made using timber frames. Steel windows came into use in the early part of the 20th century, followed by aluminium in the post-war period. But as good conductors of heat, metal windows easily let heat escape from a home. uPVC windows were introduced in the 1980s as a more energy efficient type of window and remain the most popular window material to this day.
The modern uPVC window has been in development now for over 40 years. During this time, a great deal of effort has gone into creating something that not only looks fantastic, but also performs to the highest security, performance and environmental standards now expected by the EU and UK Governmental regulations.
Advances in manufacturing technology means that modern windows offer better performance than ever before. Whichever material you choose, your new windows are likely to beat your current windows for security, strength, energy efficiency and lifespan.
Offers the lowest thermal conductivity. Classic look, but is most expensive.
Timber is the highest performing material in terms of energy efficiency, as it is a natural insulator that absorbs and retains heat. Timber windows are seen to be most attractive, but natural materials such as wood require more looking after to keep them at their best.
Timber frames can be made from both softwood and hardwood. Softwood is faster growing and more plentiful, so it's cheaper. Hardwood grows slower and is more durable, so tends to be more expensive. Modern timber frames are engineered to be stronger, meaning they will not warp or bow, and can also be treated to resist rot and fungus.
The added beauty of timber is that it can have a stained or painted finish, and it is the only material that can be repainted a different colour at a later date, so personalising the look of your home becomes even easier.
Make sure you choose sustainably sourced timber windows that are approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).
Long lasting and low maintenance, offering high performance at affordable prices.
uPVC is often touted as a miracle material Mfor windows that ticks all the boxes for any project. The truth is that uPVC is a good all-round material that makes smooth and stylish frames that will never rot, flake or rust. uPVC windows are still among the most energy efficient available, and – with excellent double glazing – can achieve up to an A+12 Windows Energy Rating.
uPVC is a popular choice for windows as it offers fantastic value for money, although for some it may lack the unique charm of other materials. However, it is now possible to buy uPVC windows designed to emulate traditional timber frames, to such an extent that it can be difficult to tell them apart.
It used to be that you could have any window, as long as it was white. Now uPVC frames are available in a range of colours, guaranteed to last a lifetime with extensive guarantees against frame discolouration. Many windows also now contain lead-free uPVC, which is an important environmental and health factor.
Slim frames let the most light in. Stylish exterior is ideal for modern properties.
Aluminium windows are used in structural glazing and other commercial construction projects due to its strength. In domestic properties, this allows for a much thinner window frame and a larger glass surface area, letting more light into the room.
As a metal, aluminium is a natural heat conductor, letting heat pass through easily. Aluminium windows feature a thermal barrier in the frames, which reduces heat loss through the frames. In the last 10 years, thermal barrier technology has improved massively, and aluminium windows can now achieve almost the same high energy ratings as uPVC windows.
Aluminium windows are also extremely weatherproof and low maintenance. Unlike other metals, aluminium does not corrode, so window frames will not rot, flake or rust. It used to be that you could have aluminium windows in any colour as long as it was silver, but not anymore! A powdered coated finish allows a wide range of colours to be chosen for the frame – including non-metallic colours.
‘Super windows’ that offer the benefits of many window materials combined.
Composite windows combine the benefits of different materials, to offer the best strength, security, energy efficiency, aesthetics and lifespan.
One popular option combines the craftsmanship and detailing of timber windows with the benefits of the uPVC material. Another option is aluminium-clad timber, for a low maintenance and weatherproof window that offers all the charm of a classic wooden window from the inside.
Which material should I choose for my new windows?
Deciding on the best window material for your property can be a challenge. The good news is that window engineering has advanced considerably in the last 15, 25 or even 50 years since your last windows were installed – meaning that you will definitely notice the benefits of upgrading your windows, no matter which frames you choose.
With improvements in window design, traditional differences between materials are slowly disappearing. You can now get uPVC windows that are virtually indistinguishable from their timber counterparts, as well as stylish aluminium frames that look exactly like uPVC windows, only slimmer.
That being said, some materials still suit some properties better than others:
Houses built before the 20th century would have originally had wooden windows, and still suit these today. Countryside cottages, 1930s semis and Victorian terraces are examples of period properties where timber windows are perfectly suited. With sliding sashes or period detailing, modern uPVC windows can sometimes replicate these styles, but for a truly authentic feel, there’s no replacement for timber.
Why not try timber casement windows with Georgian bars or sliding sash windows?
Properties in housing developments built from the 1960s onwards tend to have white uPVC windows. Replacement uPVC windows are a great choice to retain this timeless look, and they can be customised with a variety of frame colours to add a unique touch. If you’re looking to maximise light in your home, such as in a basement flat, aluminium windows are a sleek alternative.
Why not try uPVC casement windows with two colour frames, or slimline aluminium windows?
For that stylish ‘Grand Designs’ look, there’s no better choice than aluminium. Used in structural glazing, aluminium is a strong material that can hold larger glass units – letting in large amounts of light. Aluminium frames are almost ‘flush’, meaning they sit flatter than uPVC frames and have neater lines – ideal for angular designs.
Why not try aluminium casement windows?
Of course, these are only suggestions and you can choose almost any type of window for your home. If you need more assistance, ask your advisor for more suggestions tailored to your property.
Peter Fennell UPVC specialists offer a huge range of window styles, colours and finishes - We have something to suit everyone!
All of the windows and doors that we supply throughout South Wales are designed with durability, quality and value for money in mind. We understand that window replacement can be expensive, so at Peter Fennell UPVC whatever your budget or requirements, we can help in modernising your home - making it as simple and straightforward as possible.
Our UPVC windows come in two distinct styles – Ovolo, which features a classic sculptured curve to the frame edge and Chamfered, which has straight clean lines for a more contemporary feel. Whichever you choose, with Peter Fennell UPVC you can feel confident knowing you are investing in quality products in South Wales.
Casement windows offer a wide range of different style options. Various combinations of fixed and opening sections mean that you will be spoilt for choice when enhancing the look of your home. Tilt and Turn windows provide easy access to the outside glass from the inside of your property (such an easy way to clean the windows!), and this design also allows the window to be tilted open for ventilation.
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Peter Fennell offer beautifully-built and long-lasting bespoke conservatories throughout South Wales, giving you the new room that you and your loved ones can enjoy all year round. We have five conservatory styles available including:
Our conservatories allow floods of natural light into the home, proving to be stunning living spaces for dining areas, studies and play rooms to name just a few. Conservatories are an ideal way to make the most of your outdoor space, and with a variety of colours to choose from we can ensure your new conservatory sits perfectly with the existing look of your home.
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Peter Fennell UPVC Specialists now offer tiled conservatory roofs in Rhondda and throughout South Wales. These stunning tiled roofs are the perfect alternative to standard conservatory roofs. Insulation is imperative, and old and new conservatories can benefit from conservatory roof insulation improvements. We are now offering better conservatory roof insulation with the visual appeal to match.
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If you're looking for more living space to relax and entertain in, a conservatory is the answer. Let us help you achieve the much wanted new dining area/home office/kids room you and your family have been longing for. With our new insulated tiled conservatory roofs on offer in the Rhondda and throughout RCT, now is the time to let us quote you.
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