A charming addition to a farm house, but equally at home in a more contemporary setting. Elegant and distinguished, they have all the characteristics of period style and purpose – perfect for homes needing that touch of inspired individuality.
If you’re looking for an external door for a traditional property then timber stable doors (also known as Dutch Doors, a double hung door or a barn door) are an excellent choice.
Stable doors allow for greater freedom on how you open them. They are split into two sections horizontally so that the two sections of the door can open independently from each other, as well as opening together as a single door. This means that the lower half of the door can remain shut while the top half is open. As a result, these doors are often viewed as a mix between a door and a window.
This unique functionality makes the timber stable type doors highly versatile. Due to this opening arrangement, you can keep children and pets safe whilst still ventilating the home. When the bottom half closed, it stops the wind from blowing street and lawn dirt into the house.
Timber stable doors are increasingly popular and many designs replicate the traditional barn-style entrance that is especially suited to cottages and farmhouses. However, many people choose them for more contemporary projects. Just opt for a bold colour or contemporary hardware and you’re all set.
Installing a stable door
Like other windows and doors, there are a range of different timber, glass, ironmongery and finish options that you can choose from when looking to install a new stable door.
Accoya is a popular timber choice as it is both very durable and stable. It is a sustainably-sourced manufactured wood and comes with a 50-year anti-rot guarantee, allowing you to be confident in its longevity.
The top section of a door is often partly glazed, whereas the lower section is solid. Different types of glass can offer different benefits, such as increased security and acoustic benefits, so don’t be misled into thinking there is only one option. Like the type of finish, glass can also be used to provide aesthetic benefits. Consider whether you want clear glass, frosted glass or even coloured glass in the glazing part of your stable door.
Ironmongery plays a large part in the security of the door, so check the quality of the ironmongery and speak to a specialist to check that the ironmongery you would like will work in a stable door. Stable doors can be just as secure as casement windows and other back doors. The doors operate by having separate secure locks in each section of the door, with an additional lock to hold both the sections together when you wish to fully open the door.
If you are looking to replace your back door, one option you may wish to consider is to install a stable door.
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