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Bespoke Scandinavian and German Doors

A door can be the focal point of your home. And the front door is often the very first thing anyone sees. Patio doors to the back garden can either open your home up to a summer garden party, or make life inconvenient when hosting a large group.
We recommend that you consider your doors carefully, and make sure you are buying a high-quality, high-security and well-insulating product that will last for many years to come.

  • Entrance Doors

    Entrance Door

    As the name suggests, entrance doors are mainly designed to be used at the entrance of a home. They use hardware that is designed to within regularly opening and closing over a lifetime of cycles, and ours come with security suitable for any home insurer and new-build property as standard. Unlike the following products, there are no surprises here. You will have a handle on both sides, a key-lock and options for letterboxes, spy-holes and other accessories. We can even offer automatic and smart locking systems.
    The product shown in the photo is a bespoke Danish design to match our S Series.

    Terrace Doors

    Terrace Doors

    In appearance, a terrace door will look almost identical to a normal entrance door. Same outer frame, same opening sash, same hinges. However, their functionality is rather different. A terraced door handle points to the floor when it is closed, and is aligned horizontally when opening or closing. At any point when opening or closing, you can point the handle towards the floor, and the door will hold itself open at that point. This is great in the summer for doors leading onto a balcony, terrace, or into a sun-room.
    The product shown in the photo is the Rationel AuraPlus

    These two choices – entrance or terraced – should be considered in every position where you are having a single door or a double door. In price, there is barely any difference. So it’s very important that you consider how you will intend to use each room and each door.
    As a general rule: if you will be using the door primarily to walk in and out, shutting the door behind you each time, choose an entrance door. If you foresee that a door will be left open to let air flow through or open the house up to a garden party – choose a terrace door.

  • Panel Doors

    Panel Door

    Using the hardware from an entrance door (designed to withstand regularly opening and closing over a lifetime of cycles), a panel or panelled door is a slightly more expensive alternative to a “normal” entrance door. They are identical in function, the difference is in their style and material.
    Entrance doors are created by hinging a frame within another frame, and adding bars within that inner frame into however many sections is needed for the design.
    Panelled doors are created by hinging an solid PUR foam-filled block within an outer frame, and the required design is created by cutting out the shape.
    The product shown in the photo is the STM Tinium

    Stable Doors

    Stable Door

    Popular in older cottages, stable doors can be split half-way up so that you can just open the top half, or open the whole height of the door. Similar to a normal entrance door, various arrangements of glass or panels can be configured. But, perhaps obviously, there must be a thick horizontal bar in the centre.
    Depending on the use, stable doors can be made in either an “entrance” or “terrace” door form – so that the handle-operated brake can be included.
    Our Danish stable doors (or “half-doors” if you translate literally) are only available opening outwards. This is best for both air and water tightness – the Danish put these at a much higher priority than most UK manufacturers.
    The product shown in the photo is a bespoke Danish design to match our S Series

    Stable doors fill a very specific niche. So, you likely already know if your home would benefit from one. Traditionally, a stable door is used in a room that doesn’t have enough opening windows, or perhaps doesn’t have a window on the same elevation as the door. You could also use one to create a feature front door, but we would ask you to consider whether the extra cost is worth it for you personally. In our experience, we find that the vast majority of customers and homes simply do not require the addition of the half-opening-door, but they can really lift the correct property.
    A correctly-configured panel door can be equally traditional: using vertical grooves and square cutout near the top – this can very closely match a British timber front door. Equally though, the same product can be made to look incredibly modern. A vast number of glass cutout shapes and groove patterns make a panelled door a truly flexible product.

  • Window Doors

    Window Doors

    Window doors (or door-height windows) are relatively straightforward. Imagine a normal side-hung window, the size of a door. That’s essentially all it is! The key advantage is the frame thickness which, being window-sized, is normally much slimmer than an equivalent normal door. But the downside is that there cannot be a handle on the outside – only on the inside.
    There is a little more going on behind the scenes besides appearance. The frame and sash will be strengthened to take the extra weight that a door-size will require. And the base of the frame will be converted to suit foot-traffic – either via a low-aluminium threshold, or a higher hardwood option.
    The product shown in the photo is the Rationel AuraPlus

    Tilt-Turn Doors

    Tilt Turn Doors

    As the name suggests, a tilt-turn door has the ability to either tilt open, or turn open.

    • Handle pointing to the floor = closed
    • Handle pointing to the ceiling = tilting
    • Handle pointing horizontally = turning

    Technically, tilt-turns “doors” are actually a form of “door-height windows”. This is relevant, as it means that there is never a handle or lock on the outside. So you will only be able to open the door from inside the house.
    The product shown in the photo is the STM Tinium

    Choosing either a window-door or tilt-turn door is relatively simple. Window-doors open outward, tilt-turn doors open inwards with the very useful tilt function. And that is the deciding factor for most people.
    Beyond that, frame thickness can also play a part. In most cases, a tilt-turn frame will be slightly thicker. Plus, most of our Danish manufacturers only offer triple glazing with their tilt-turns, which will increase the frame depth too. But this is product-dependant, so make sure you ask to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you prefer.

  • Sliding Doors

    Sliding-Door

    Can be offered in a couple of different forms: either standard sliding, or a lift-and-slide – where the door is initially lifted up slightly before sliding across. Lift-and-slide is normally more expensive, but often benefits from a smoother slide and better airtightness.
    All of our timber and aluminium-clad timber sliding doors are lift-and-slide as standard, with one moving panel sliding over one fixed panel. If more flexibility is needed, our aluminium-only options can span vast widths with multiple panels sliding in the same track.
    The product shown in the photo is the Sunflex SVG83 – please contact us for more information.

    Bi-fold Doors

    Bi-fold Door

    Bifolding doors are also a form of sliding doors. They are made from 3 or more panels that fold open in a concertina effect.
    Our top-hung bifold doors offer better airtightness and a greater usable opening than a normal sliding door. Also, they have the added bonus of including a main traffic door as one of the panels, so you can easily use part of the bifold as an everyday entrance.
    There is one key rule for configuring a bifold door: the number of panels that join together must be an odd number. Otherwise, airtightness is compromised and the traffic door will not be possible.
    We recommend an outward-opening bifold door for the best airtightness and insulation.
    The product shown in the photo is from Lacuna in Denmark

    Cutting back to the basics, there are essentially four things that you should be considering here:

    • Are insulation and airtightness your top priorities?
    • When the doors are fully open, do you want to utilise as much of the opening as possible?
    • Will you be walking in and out through the door quite regularly?
    • Do you have enough clear space (either inside or outside) to swing open a door (less than 1m)?

    If you’re answering yes to the majority of these, a bifolding door is probably best for you. If not, sliding is probably the best route. As with all of our products, every home and every person’s preferences are different, so this is not necessarily the final answer. Feel free to call us and discuss your requirements.


The table below shows which door type is available in each of our products.

Products
Entrance
Terrace
Panel
Stable
Tilt-Turn
Window
Sliding
Bi-fold
Rationel Aura
Rationel AuraPlus
Rationel Forma
Rationel FormaPlus
STM Tinium
STM Sapino
STM Mogano
C Series
IN Series
M Series
A Series
D Series
IW Series
Vrogum Svarre
Vrogum Solborg
Lacuna

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