Re: Doors - any alternatives to french doors?
Posted by Lemming
August 12, 02:32PM
Definitely go and see them. Also be aware that if you're fitting a 'low e' glazing product, most (if not all?) low e coatings can exhibit a slight misty/milky look when full sun hits it - not something mentioned by most suppliers upfront (strange, that) - which might or might not irritate you. There are benefits to low-e to balance this downside.
Consider a solar coating if you get a lot a sun through the window - especially if it doesn't open. Solar is a relatively inexpensive addition. Again, check you're happy with the coating: they do change the colour of the glass slightly (a blue or yellow tint - I think the yellow is nicer. Some companies promise invisibility but I have my doubts!)
We have some 'much more expensive' glazing, supplied and fitted by Maxlight and some 'much less expensive' glazing supplied by Velfac (fitted by the builders, who hated fitting them. With hindsight one of the recommended sub-contractors Velfac recommends might have been easier and probably cost less).
Maxlight were good with supply and fit. Not cheap by any means (but not the most expensive either, there were some eye-watering quotes some way above theirs!).
The Velfac products are obviously less premium - but IMO represent pretty good value, have a nice modern look to them, - with some nice options available (such as being able to have aluminium on one side but not the other - and specify colours of both sides). I know they've expanded their product range in the last few years as well.