As with every aspect of a self-build or refurbishment project, keeping within budget and meeting Building Regulations are just some of the things to consider when choosing the right patio doors. To help you make the right choice we have highlighted the main points you need to consider.


Even if space is restricted, don't rule out patio doors completely. There are numerous styles to suit projects of all shapes and sizes and they can be made to measure to fit even the most awkward of openings.

Remember to select a design that complements the property, perhaps with bar detailing or a bold paint finish to reflect your personality. If you’re working on a large project, one of the biggest challenges can be keeping the windows and doors consistent throughout the property.


How patio doors operate needs to be considered before you buy.
A sliding mechanism might be most practical in a small area, or alternatively for larger openings a full folding sliding patio doorset can really open up your home.

Folding sliding patio doorsets are great for larger openings, offering a contemporary and stylish alternative to traditional patio doors, creating a seamless inside/outside entertainment space. They can be made so that all the leaves fold back together, or a single opening can be added for easy day-to-day access. JELD-WEN folding sliding doors are hung from the top to ensure operation is effortless and eliminate problems that can occur from a build-up of dirt in a bottom track. 

Elegant French doors are a good replacement for a window, especially if you wish to increase light or provide easy access to the garden.
Before placing an order, think about which way your patio doors should open to ensure the right fit for your property.


Patio doors are available in a range of materials, so it is important to decide which you prefer. Many homeowners aspire to real wood joinery and more are now choosing timber patio doors than ever before.

Learn more about oak veneers and solid wood options here


Decide if you want a painted or a natural timber finish on your patio doors, as this can affect the options available to you.

If your home already features natural timber woodwork or floorings, the best choice for you may be a stained natural oak or wood veneer finish.
Alternatively, if you are looking to coordinate patio doors with white or coloured windows or doors, then a painted patio could be the perfect choice. We offer an extensive range of colour choices for your fully finished patio doors that ensure low maintenance and a long lasting superior appearance.

Guarantees on our Hi-Build stains vary depending on colour choice, with a maximum lifespan of two years for our golden oak. Hi-Build paint finishes have a ten-year guarantee, to keep maintenance to a minimum. 


Due to increasingly more stringent Building Regulations, new build homes are required to be more energy efficient than ever before. Modern manufacturing technologies have enabled these doors to be increasingly more thermal efficient.  

During the winter bi-fold patio doors effectively insulate the home, helping to keep it as warm as possible. In the warmer months, they can be fully or partially opened to improve the air flow in the room and keep the home cool and well ventilated.


Bi-fold patio doors offer multi-point locking systems with shoot bolts to ensure maximum security.  Combined with toughened glazing, the bi-folding door systems are more secure than ever before.

The High Performance DreamVu™ with its excellent performance and its Secured by Design standard (which is certificated within the official UK police flagship initiative combining the principle of designing out crime with physical security),  it’s a must for anyone looking to invest in their home.

You can view our full range of patio doors here.