Upvc Sliding Patio Door Prices and Types
What are the different types & prices of sliding Patio Doors?
For every home, a good door is a “must have.” A good strong door provides the security of a household, an attractive door gives appearance and comfort.
Bearing this in mind, let’s explore the key features and installation costs of one of the more popular patio door types; uPVC sliding doors.
What do uPVC Sliding Doors look like & how do they work?
uPVC is a rigid, smooth surfaced polymer that is lightweight and, when formed into multi-chambered profiles (frames), has good structural strength. This lightness & strength makes it particularly suited for use in sliding patio door construction.
The latest manufacturing processes use a technique called foiling to apply bonded colours to the frames, giving a choice or around 15 different finishes, not including a wood effect surface “graining”.
This method of applying colours ensures that the shade chosen does not fade, peel, shrink or crack over time and maintains its’ original lustre for many years.
A selection of the basic uPVC colour range:
- White / Cream / Black
- Rosewood / Mahogany / Darkwood
- Light Oak / Irish Oak / Golden Oak
- Grey / Chartwell Green / Duck egg blue
A standard sliding patio door with 2 panels will be fitted with rollers that are mounted onto top & bottom tracks, within which the doors slide.
Sometimes, one or other of the doors is fixed into position whilst the other is free to move, but you can have both doors to slide.
- The size range for a 2 panel sliding patio door would be from 1600mm to 3000mm wide x 2000mm to 2400mm high.
- The size range for a 3 panel sliding patio door would be from 2400mm to 4000mm wide x 2000mm to 2400mm high.
- The size range for a 4 panel sliding patio door would be from 2900mm to 4200mm wide x 2000mm to 2400mm high.
The door set will be fitted with anti-lift tracks and multi-point locks for added security. The function of the door set is very simple – disengage the locks and the door panels slide side to side upon rollers within the tracks.
What type of glazing should I have in my sliding patio door?
Without doubt, you should have toughened, tempered safety glass and be compliant with the current British Standard requirement as a minimum.
Together with this toughened glass, you should also have the door double glazed. The optimum sized gap between the inner and outer pane can vary on a sealed unit from 18mm to 28mm. However, the glass is usually 4mm thick itself, so that makes the actual gap size from 10mm to 20mm.
It’s generally accepted that the wider the gap, the more energy efficient the unit becomes. The overall door energy efficiency will be identified by the WER label (window or door energy rating), which grades performance from A to G. (see BFRC for more info).
How much will it cost to buy sliding patio doors for my home?
If you are “knocking through” an existing wall to create a new opening, then you need to add the cost of that to the door itself.
The number of panels will also make a difference to the price. For example, you could have a door opening that is 3000mm wide and use either 3 or 2 doors for the installation.
Colour & woodgrain finishes are costlier than plain white.
If you exclude the cost of installation, as it is such a variable, the average prices for uPVC patio doors will be in the region of the following:
- 2000mm x 2200mm x 2 panel sliding patio door in white upvc from around £750
- 2000mm x 2200mm x 2 panel sliding patio door in rosewood upvc from around £1,100
- 3000mm x 2200mm x 3 panel sliding patio door in white upvc from £1,100
- 3000mm x 2200mm x 3 panel sliding patio door in rosewood upvc from £1,800
- 3500mm x 2200mm x 4 panel sliding patio door in white upvc from £1,250
- 3500mm x 2200mm x 4 panel sliding patio door in rosewood upvc from £2,000
As with all prices for home improvements, you shouldn’t accept the first price you are given. It’s important to shop around and check out prices from several companies – and get those prices in writing.
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