David Fennings Conservatories - page 3

David Fennings Sunrooms and Conservatories
DOORS AND THEIR ‘BEST’ CHOSEN POSITIONS
It is most unusual that a Conservatory or Sun Room will be constructed without a door when built at
ground level rather than on a balcony.
The best way to decide on the most appropriate style of door and its
position is to draw a plan view of your home, showing doors linking into
the Sun Room and thus through to the surrounding garden and patio
area.
The biggest mistake people subsequently say is that they chose positions for the doors which
establish a ‘highway’ across where you would ideally like to position furniture or have people seated.
If too many doors are chosen, it generally means the area in front has
to be left clear
.
Each door will create a further security risk, requirement for keys, an area of general wear and tear
and a greater cost if they are of a appropriately high quality and fully storm proofed with secure
locking mechanism systems.
THERE ARE FOUR PRINCIPAL CHOICES
RESIDENTIAL DOORS:
Can be hinged on the left or right, ideally opening outwards
and secured with a substantial cabin hook or restrictor. If of suitable width, they will
give quite sufficient access to and from the conservatory to your garden and thus
are very cost effective. They should also provide wheelchair access.
FRENCH DOORS:
Are usually chosen if somebody wishes for a generous width
opening to the garden and extra ventilation on a hot sunny day. These can provide
a width of some 1800 or in original dimensions 6ft 0ins.
PATIO DOORS:
Single or double sliding are often selected to give a wide opening
to the garden, or so that there is no fear of them being caught in the wind. They
can be opened just a few inches or to their full extent and anything in between.
BI-FOLDING DOORS:
Or more correctly, multi-folding door panels, should
there be more than two, seem to be the new popular door configuration.
There can of course be triple folding or any number of panels you may wish.
However, an uneven number is always the best choice and they do not
necessarily need to open all in one direction. This general guidance page is not sufficient to
provide all the important guidance and design considerations but any large opening needs to
be supported above and this element of construction can be very expensive, whether they
are in the wall of your home or beneath a glazed Sun Room roof. These door systems are
generally much more expensive than French or Patio openings. Most would agree that
when they can be opened wide on a hot summer’s day, their configuration is much
appreciated but the climate we enjoy, allows that opportunity rather seldom – please refer
to my website pages for further guidance.
ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS WHO ORIGINALLY ASKED FOR A DOOR AT ONE END, LEADING TO THE GARAGE,
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