If you’re in the process of redecorating your Suffolk home and are undecided on whether you should choose French or Patio doors, we have come up with some answers to commonly asked questions that could help you decide which option is best for you and your home.


Choosing French or Patio doors all depends on how you plan to use the doors in your home and different styles and layouts will be a key factor in your final decision.


What is the difference between French and Patio doors?

The main difference between French and Patio doors is how they open. French doors commonly open outwards on hinges, whereas Patio doors slide along a track and open to the side. French doors feature narrower panes of glass in comparison to patio doors, however, both will flood your home with light and have multiple benefits. Let’s look at those now.


The advantages of French Doors

French doors have been around for centuries and are perfect for period and traditional properties as well as modern homes. The origin of French doors can be traced as far back as the 17th century during the French Renaissance, where they became a fashionable statement flooding French architecture with natural daylight.


Our French doors feature ultra-slim sightlines for impressive views and influxes of warming natural light into your home. At Dream Installations we pride ourselves on sourcing and installing energy efficient home improvement products, offering U-values of 1.1 W/m²K to give your new French doors an A+ energy rating. Offering easy, configurable designs, French doors are a long-term low maintenance option, delivering kerb appeal and an impressive feature in your home.

Interior view of french doors

The advantages of Patio Doors

Patio doors, also commonly referred to as sliding patio doors, require very little space to operate and are an attractive option as the doors are self-contained with no doors swinging in or outwards. This design is a particularly appealing option for homes and gardens with less space.


Our Patio doors have ultra-slim frames to maximise natural light flooding into your home, offering an energy rating of A and U values of 1.3 W/m²K. The overall aesthetic of Patio doors is clean, bright, and modern. They look sharp, fitting both contemporary and traditional properties alike. Sliding Patio doors can complement any home with many bespoke colour affects and finishes available.

White uPVC sliding patio doors


Should I choose French doors or Patio doors?

There are many design choices available to create tailor made arrangements to suit you and your property, so the choice between French or Patio doors is entirely based on personal preference.


We, at Dream Installations, recommend thinking about the style you prefer. We can guide you on which option will give you the most light possible, with a practical choice of frames and design options. We will calculate the size of your walls and space available to accommodate your vision and create the doors to suit your home.

If you need help on deciding on colours, glazing options or which style is best for you, speak with one of our knowledgeable team today. All our doors come with multipoint locking systems to ensure maximum security and made from high quality materials to give you total confidence.


Exceptional home improvement solutions in Norfolk & Suffolk

A side from French and Patio doors, we also have a wide range of windows, doors, and conservatories. No matter what home improvement you are looking for we can provide a suitable solution and offer practical and knowledgeable advice. Contact us today on 01502 585 620 or use our online form.