Door Types – everything you need to know

If this is the first time you’ve considered installing new doors in your home, the number of options might seem a bit overwhelming. After all, there are a lot of door types out there!

We’d recommend that you give us a call at Livingwood Windows & Doors today on 01284 764045 in order to find out which doors will suit your project. However, if you’re just looking to find out more about the types of door (rather than models or brands) then you’re in the right place…

Side-hung doors

You’ve definitely seen a few of these! Side-hung doors are the most common type out there: attached on one side, with a frame wrapped around a single pane of glass (usually no more than 1.3m). In terms of kitchens and conservatories, side-hung doors can be set to open outwards or inwards: the latter will usually lock when closed. These doors are very common in traditional residential homes.

Bifold doors

You might know these as folding-sliding doors and the chances are you’ve seen more of them in recent years. Bifolding aluminium doors have become particularly popular in the UK recently, with their ability to open and close in a concertina-style making them perfect for letting in fresh air during the brighter summer months. They can also be a real space-saver, taking up less room than a side-hung door when open.

Sliding doors

Traditional sliding doors will usually comprise between six and seven panels. One of the main benefits to this approach is the uninterrupted views: because sliding doors use larger panes of glass than other techniques, less framing is needed. There are a number of different types of sliding doors, though traditional slides, lift-and-slides and title-slides still remain the most popular trio on the market. Take the ultra-slim, super-stylish profile of our HiFinity doors for instance, which make wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glazing possible for the home.

Pivot Doors

Pivot doors are quite unique, but are very stylish and often found in more lavish properties. The door leafs are wider than found in more traditional properties and the threshold is typically flush with the floor. Inevitably, this means that pivot doors have less weather resistance than some, which makes them particularly ideal for interior use, such as the divide between a lounge and conservatory.

Get in touch!

We know that it can be tough choosing the right doors for your property. If you’re unsure how to go about doing so, give Livingwood Windows & Doors a call today on 01284 764045 and we’ll help you towards designing your perfect home.