Custom made french doors
Our french doors are usually made to order to ensure you get the exact size and style you want.
Generally a set of doors would be between 1100mm and 1600mm wide and usually just over 2 meters high. However adding sidelights (extra fixed panels on the sides) or fanlights ( windows on top of doors) you can create a unit to fit most spaces.
Our doors are solid timber and come in clear cedar or primed finish and with safety glass fitted. Exterior facings are supplied free of charge and delivery can be arranged (free in the Wellington area).
We believe we offer a superior quality product at an affordable price.
If purchasing french doors for the first time there are a number of points to consider.
Size: With french doors you have two doors alongside each other. To keep the unit looking proportional and not overly wide it is a good idea to look at doors no wider than 750mm each. This will give you a french door frame approx 1500mm wide x 2050mm high. If you need wider then you may want to consider going higher than the traditional 1980mm high door to retain the proportions. If your space is much larger then consider using sidelites to take up extra width and fanlites to fill in the extra height.
Construction: Make sure your doors are manufactured for exterior use. Some 'exterior' doors are specified for sheltered conditions and are not solid timber construction. Stiles (door frames) should be 115mm wide and the bottom of the door should be approx 190mm high. These dimensions ensure strength and stability in the door frame and also ensure all locks can be fitted.
Material: We firmly believe that exterior doors should ideally be made from clear cedar. It is a stable material with minimal movement over the seasons and is light and strong. Beware of doors made of pine, it is notoriously unstable and expands and contracts with the change in the weather. Cedar has stood the test of time and many doors and windows in Wellington homes are over 100 years old.
Glazing: Doors should ideally have safety glass fitted (including both sides of double glazing) as standard. Double glazing is increasingly popular but does add to the overall weight of the door, so staying with the 750mm range (see above) is also important to reduce stress on the hinges.
Prices are relevant to style, glazing, size and configuration but a typical single pane (one piece of glass per door) french door is between $1800 +GST and $2500 +GST