The role of doors within a property has evolved from merely a means of getting in and out, to a complex interplay of providing light, access, ventilation and inviting the views.

The variety of materials and types of door available can help create a stylish statement about your property or can be used to match in with existing architectural or period features.

As well as aesthetics, there will be considerations of security and energy performance to ensure that you get the best from your investment.

A wide range of materials

The variety of materials available will offer some important distinctions in terms of frame thickness, flexibility of unit sizes, variety of profiles available, cost and durability.

The strength of aluminium ensures that it can offer the option for supporting large pane sizes and a narrower frame profile than most other materials. It is light in weight and requires little to no maintenance. The design of modern system profiles ensures a good level of thermal efficiency.  Although the range of coatings is more limited than for some other materials, the resulting sharp looks can provide a very stylish finish to any property. A particularly popular material for glazed door systems.

A natural product that can be produced with a range of profiles and finishes that offer the greatest flexibility in overall look. Will typically create a warm yet robust and characterful appearance. Modern timber and coating technology ensures that maintenance is not the arduous task it that many perceive and whilst there is some requirement to maintain this product, durability is assured.

Combining the look and feel of timber, with the sharp external detailing and reduced maintenance requirement of aluminium. The full window frame is constructed in timber and then the aluminium pressings are affixed to the exterior. This product type is proving to be very popular in the bespoke new house market.

Often confused with aluminium clad windows, with this method the internal frame is made of timber and the opening element containing the glass is fabricated in aluminium. The clever use of ironmongery and weather seals offers the option for a more slender timber frame and consistent sight lines (dimensions) between differing elements within the system.

Steel windows offer the ultimate in decadent fenestration. The key to steel is its strength, enabling the thinnest possible frames for a window or door. The development of thermally broken steel profiles ensures that there is typically no sacrifice on thermal performance. It will come as no surprise to learn that steel windows are the most expensive, but the delicate beauty and durable performance should ensure that you will be well pleased with your purchase.

Door types

As the name suggests, these doors slide along a track, sitting parallel, one in front of the other. They can offer large panel sizes, with very little frame for a clean, open look. Available as either in-line or lift and slide doors, these are a fantastic option for large openings and can typically allow for 50% to 75% of the span to be open allowing for a great deal of light and to make the most of any views due to minimum framing elements.

The in-line sliding (often referred to as patio) doors sit the weight of the panels constantly directly onto roller gear and slides along the track. Thermal performance and panel size are limited, but these doors can potentially allow for very slender frame profiles.

Lift and slide doors evolved from the in-line sliding door and allow for greater size / weight of panel and improved thermal performance. The door panels rest directly onto the track and create a good perimeter seal. When the operating handle is rotated through 180 degrees, the heavy-duty gear is pushed down onto the track and lifts the door from the frame. As the runner gear moves very smoothly, even very large panels can glide along with very little effort. The door can be lowered at any point along the track so a further benefit of these doors is the ability to leave them partially open and secure.

A popular option for potentially very large, open expanses. Panels fold back against each other when open, offering up to 90% of the opening to be clear. The variety of panel sizes and folding configurations available offer options for just one door or a pair of doors to open when the weather is less than perfect. Do be aware that there can potentially be a lot of frame elements with these doors, so if you are looking to make the most of the views, sliding doors may be more appropriate.

A traditional and timeless door style that works well with pretty much all types of property and window system. Considered a very cost-effective way of introducing glazed doors to a project, simple to operate and maintain, these work well in a variety of materials and offer some interesting design options through the use of panels, glazing bars, top and side lights. Proportions are particularly important here to ensure that best frame to glass ratio can be achieved. In addition panel sizes can be made unequal to create an offset door.

One of the most flexible elements available for any property. The use of rails and glazing bars to create multiple panels and/or panes ensures that a single door can help create just about any style. The added functionality of a stable door arrangement allows for great ventilation and a connection with the outdoors, whilst preventing people or animals from getting in or out and still achieving a high level of security.

Our range of entrance doors starts with a simple yet stylish door range in a variety of materials to offer either a contemporary or traditional feel. Compliant to the latest PAS24 standards of security and requirements for thermal performance.

For the ultimate in jaw dropping kerb appeal we offer some of the finest doors on the market from the inspirational Pirnar Doors. With options for materials, finishes, patterns, glazing, lighting, locks and biometric entry, their range of handmade doors is divided into their entry level Premium (still featuring some very evocative design features), Optimum (a premium yet price accessible range) and Ultimum (the pinnacle of aesthetic and technical excellence).