An Introduction to Internal French Doors
Internal French doors first became popular in Europe as glass was starting to be used within windows, allowing homeowners to see outside but remain warm.
French doors quickly grew in popularity and are now a very well-known and common feature in many homes. Despite their popularity, not many of us know much about French doors.
Offering functionality and style, French doors are a great addition to your home because they allow light to pass through, brightening up your home, as well as helping create the look of having more space.
Although the doors have been around for a long time, there is still quite a bit of hesitation from homeowners and renovator due to the fact that they have a limited knowledge of how French doors work and the benefits that they offer.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about our French doors, answered.
What Are Internal French Doors?
French doors originally date back to the French Renaissance era. They were initially installed as a single frame window and they would open out onto a balcony. As the years went on, the style became more popular, and they are used internally as well as externally in various rooms around the house. They are now commonly installed as hinged doors that usually come in pairs. They are usually glass panels that have a wooden frame, this means they can let in a lot of natural light in as well as a clear view to the next room.
Do Internal French Doors Open In or Out?
French doors can open both ways, so you can choose which direction you want your doors to open. Inwardly opening doors require more space when opening, which is something to consider if you have a smaller home with less space for the doors to open into.
The outward opening variation offers beautiful styling and allows your room to feel more spacious as they open outwardly.
How Much Do Internal French Doors Cost?
French doors typically feature a lot of glass and therefore, they involve a little more designing and engineering than a standard solid door. Due to that fact, they tend to command a higher price than other door types.
As with the majority of product ranges, there are some very simple French doors, and some not so simple. There is a wide range of different designs that come in different colours, with different types of glass. If you are looking for a custom, made-to-fit solution, this will cost more than a regular, standard fitting French door.
The variation in price is usually down to the size, shape, material and style of the doors. If you’re looking for more of an unusually curvy style door, you will be looking at a higher price due to the extra manufacturing time and more materials used.
After the doors are in place, some materials can wear better than others. So, the material will have a very big influence on the price, not only at the buying stage but further in the future. Bear in mind that the doors will need to be maintained after the fitting, and the level of maintenance needed will be influenced by the material.
What Sizes and Styles Do Internal French Doors Come In?
Different styles of doors come in different sizes. Our smallest French door size is 1226mm x 2030mm and our largest door is 2478mm x 2036mm. We offer quite a range of sizes, ensuring that you can find the right solution for you.
There is a very large variety of styles, 12 different styles to be exact. Some are simple oak doors with clear glass panels, and then others offer more complex designs and styles such as the Manhattan white French doors. There are many different styles, so if you’re looking for more of a contemporary look or a classic look, you’ll be sure to find a style for you.
We stock a wide range of different material French doors, such as Engineered Oak, Hardwood and Solid white primed. Each of these can come in different finishes. Choosing the finish of your doors depends on your own personal taste, we have a few options for you to select from when choosing your finish.
The first one is the unfinished option; this means that the door is bare wood. Many of our customers prefer this option as it gives them complete control over their finish and allows them to style the door to their own liking. You will at least need to treat it before you hang the door.
Our pre-finished doors selection has a single undercoat on, so you can paint them before you hang if you would like to.
Then finally, our fully finished doors are pre-painted or stained, ready to hang as soon as you receive them. Our white door options are also fully finished and ready to install upon delivery.
How do You Paint French Doors?
If your doors are new and haven’t been painted before, you need to treat or paint them before you hang them, unless you have purchased the finished French doors option. Consider placing your doors onto a sawhorse; this will make the process easier. This is the paint process for both internal and external French doors.
If you’ve had your door for a while, you will need to remove the previous paint in order to better apply a new coat. To do this, you can just simply sand the door down. You’ll want to tape off any of the hardware such as the hinges and handles to keep them from protected and paint-free. Do this with painter’s tape.
Be sure to tape the edge of the glass, to again ensure that no paint gets onto any areas of the door that it shouldn’t. After you’ve done this, you may want to start with a coat of primer. If your new door is unfinished, it is bare wood, so you need to use some primer first. Whereas pre-finished doors already have the undercoat, so you can go straight to the colour.
Once the primer is dry, you can start with your choice of paint. The best way to do this is to paint one side at a time. The paint usually needs two coats of paint, but you can decide this as you go. When the first side is dry from all coats, flip the door over and start on the other side. When both sides are, dry and finished, you can pull all the tape off. Check to see if you need any touch-ups, once you’re happy with your work, you can hang your door up and you’re done!
There are the most frequently asked questions about the internal French doors answered. We hope you’re now a little more confident in your knowledge about French doors. If you have a specific internal french door problem check out our troubleshooting guide for more help. If you have any further questions please contact us today.