What are French doors?

People often ask the question, what are French doors? The answer is simple. They are a design classic with a history stretching back centuries. They make a stylish but practical addition to any home.

French doors are two glazed doors that sit side-by-side. When they’re closed, they provide an expansive view of the outside and let plenty of light in. When they’re open they create a generous exit and create a lovely airy feel in a room.

As well as wanting to know what they are, you probably want to know whether you should choose French doors, bifold doors or sliding patio doors. It’s a matter of taste. Bifold doors and sliding patio doors act as dramatic glass walls that connect two spaces together. French doors are more understated. They are a traditional, understated way to connect the house and garden.

What materials are French doors made of?

Like windows, you can choose French doors that are made of UPVC, timber or aluminium. When it comes to UPVC French doors, you can’t get any better than ours. The test for all our products is simple. Would we choose to have them in our own homes? And unless our answer is ‘yes!’, they don’t make the grade.

The aesthetics of Genesis French doors

Our doors have three different frame shapes to choose from. There is a smart bevelled frame or a graceful ovolo shaped frame. For a traditional look, there is a flush version that replicates the appearance of a set of timber French doors.

Your French doors will be made to order so you can personalise your French doors in a multitude of ways. Your French doors can open in or out. (Inward opening French doors are perfect for Juliet balconies.)

You can choose from our diverse range of colour, wood grain and metallic foil finishes. Choose a bold modern colour with modern handles for a powerful contemporary statement. Or choose a traditional colour for elegant styling.

You can also choose different glazing options too. French doors for traditional homes can be enhanced with Georgian bars or leaded lights. Or for a modern look, simple plain glass looks great.

The energy efficiency

We all want our homes to be warm in the winter without spending a fortune on heating bills. Genesis French doors can achieve a Window Energy Rating of A+, which means they’re incredibly energy efficient. And effective weather seals mean no draughts either.

The security

Many UPVC doors have a Euro Profile cylinder lock, these can be snapped by burglars in as little as 13 seconds. Genesis French doors are much more secure. It’s because we use TS007 British Kitemark 3 star and Sold Secure Diamond rated locks as standard. These are the locking mechanisms recommended by the police. It means you can be sure your home and loved ones are safe. You will also be reassured because our French doors are strong, impact-resistant and reinforced with steel. We use toughened glass and secure multipoint locking is built in too.

Find out more about Genesis French doors

As well as asking what are French doors, it is also important to ask what are the best doors. The answer is you can’t get better than Genesis French doors. For more information on our doors, visit our sister company’s website, Bison Frames UK Ltd. And to speak to your nearest Genesis Registered Installer about French doors for your home, just click or tap the ‘Find Local Installers’ button at the top of this page and enter your postcode to get their details.