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Opening up your home to the outdoors is becoming increasingly popular to those looking to close the proximity between their gardens and indoor space.

Lighter and Brighter Living

Opening up your home to the outdoors is becoming increasingly popular to those looking to close the proximity between their gardens and indoor space
As many of us choose to update and renovate our homes rather than sell up and move, installing glazing and creating a lighter and brighter living space is one way to add value to our homes.

"The heat is kept inside the conservatory in the winter, and reflected away in the summer."

As many of us choose to update and renovate our homes rather than sell up and move, installing glazing and creating a lighter and brighter living space is one way to add value to our homes.

 

As with other parts of the house, door manufacturers have reported growing demand in recent years for glazing products, in this case designed to open houses out to their patios and gardens. Whether to replace existing French doors, or to open up a wall currently only occupied by a standard door or window, sliding and bi-folding doors are becoming a popular choice among homeowners.

Whether to replace existing French doors, or to open up a wall currently only occupied by a standard door or window, sliding and bi-folding doors are becoming a popular choice among homeowners.

 

Choosing between a run of glazed doors, a garden room or conservatory will depend on the space you have available and what look you’re trying to achieve. If you don’t have room to extend outwards, you could consider installing bi-folding or sliding doors. Sliding doors show their true wow-factor at widths of over four metres, so it is generally recommended to opt for this style of door in expansive spaces, but it is of course down to personal taste. Either way, these doors will completely transform the existing room, and can be installed for less than you might think. One of the UK’s industry leaders, Express Bi-folding Doors, manufactures and installs aluminium glazing products including patio doors, and they’ve noticed an uplift in sliding door orders.

General Manager Steve Bromberg explains why ‘bringing the outdoors in’ is becoming a more popular choice among renovators: “As a result of programmes like Grand Designs, people are getting more confident with house renovations and are considering products that would previously have been viewed as aspirational. Glazing products are increasingly popular as they flood natural light into homes and create the illusion of additional space. The popularity of sliding doors is on the up because they don’t take up any internal or external space, which is obviously a good space-saving technique but is also family-friendly because there are no obstacles.”

Alternatively, if budgets are more flexible and planning regulations allow, conservatories, garden rooms and glass structures are great options for homeowners looking to incorporate the outdoors into everyday living.

Installing an aluminium conservatory means you not only enjoy the outdoors a little longer in the winter, but also throughout the summer, with specialist thermal glazing technology in the form of solar glass.

The heat is kept inside the conservatory in the winter, and reflected away in the summer. Self-cleaning glass is also a great option to keep a conservatory virtually maintenance free. The permanent self-cleaning coating uses UV light and rain to actively break down dirt that builds up on the surface of the glass, keeping the panels cleaner for longer.

With the wealth of options available, it’s easy to find something that will suit your home, whether you want to modernise a traditional property or simply extend your home to make the most of your garden this year.

 

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