French Doors

French doors in Melbourne definitely add style, elegance and a sense of romance to your home. When used as external doors, they can open up a room allowing in natural light and help draw attention to a beautiful landscaped garden or water feature. When used internally, the doors help link rooms maintaining an open look, yet providing a visual bridge between two adjacent areas.

Definition

Some people refer to any pair of glass doors as French. So what exactly are they? French doors are doors that have multiple small windows — sometimes called “lights” — set into the full length of the door. They are assembled from multiple pieces of glass that have mullions, called glazing bars, and designed to divide adjacent windowpanes. They are classic by their design heritage, can be used in many home designs and are considered to be a wise investment as they are associated with an “upscale” appearance and will increase a home’s value and curb appeal.

Design

At Armadale Doors & Leadlight we are constantly asked to design and supply leadlight French doors in Melbourne using multiple variations of designs to create a visual enhancement for our clients homes. They provide a minimal amount of privacy, so their purpose is primarily decorative in nature. However, they are a popular choice among people who are looking for ways to bring more natural light into their homes. French doors were also very common in the 1920’s Art Deco era, used for front doors in many combinations of glazing bars and glass.

Manufacture

At ADL, we manufacture and design any combination of leadlight French door. Over the years there have been many techniques of manufacturing. Some of our doors, let’s call them French inspired, have lower timber panels. These doors can enclose a room if the panel is too high, however the panel can give the door a more solid & stronger appearance. There are many ways to divide the glass panes of a French door in Melbourne. The most common being 8-lite (2 across 4 down), 10-lite (2 across & 5 down) and 15-lite (3 across & 5 down).

Timber

In the 19th century Victorian era, finer timbers around the glass were used, especially on very narrow doors. Some of these narrow sets were so thin, approx. 400mm each door, you had to open both doors to exit the building. So that the timbers didn’t dominate the glass in these doors, there was the introduction of a diminishing style. This style was manufactured by reducing the timber width as it passes through the horizontal timbers down to a width as little as 50mm up the sides of the glass.

faq’s

Can my French doors be double glazed?

Yes, the most energy efficient way is to have a 12mm air space in the double glazed unit. With any door that has DGU the thickness of the unit reduces the space in the door for any mouldings around the glass. In most cases they are square finished.

Is it better to rebate the doors or use a mushroom stop?

Rebating the doors can sometimes look more authentic but they do create problems with fitting draft seals and hardware. To fit a lock you require a rebate kit. These kits require most of the thickness of the door to be removed so that the lock striker plate can be installed. We would prefer to use a mushroom stop so that any lock can be used.

What are diminishing styles?

Over the years there have been many techniques of manufacturing French doors. In the 19th century Victorian era, finer timbers around the glass was used, especially on very narrow doors. Some of these narrow sets were so thin, approx. 400mm each door, you had to open both doors to exit the building. So that the timbers didn’t dominate the glass in these doors, there was the introduction of a diminishing style. This style was manufactured by reducing the timber width as it passes through the horizontal timbers down to a width as little as 50mm up the sides of the glass.

I have no idea what style my home is; can you help me with a design to suit?

We would love to! If you have photos of your façade we are able to advise you on the designs that suit or we can design something completely unique if required! All in keeping with the style of your home.

What if my door isn’t a standard size?

Not a problem! We make all our doors to order in any size required.

Do you install, stain or paint?

Yes we can install – our doors, frames & glass/leadlights by our finishing carpenters. Staining is always done in the controlled environment of our factory in Malvern. We can provide factory spray prime undercoats. However we do not paint final top coats as they are normally done on site after installation by others. We recommend the services of Living Colours.

What is the required information needed to obtain an estimate or quote? Will I have to provide accurate measurements?

It is best to send an email with rough measurements & photos of the existing opening. If you have plans or pictures of your façade they should also be attached. Any design ideas can also be sent so we can provide you with an accurate estimate or quote. If you wish to go ahead then we will advise you of the next steps.