French Door Repairs and Draught Proofing

French Doors cost upwards of £3000.00 for a high quality bespoke solution. That makes repair all the more viable even if they are in what other London companies might describe as ‘disrepair’ and requiring replacement.

French Door repairs can be as simple as a easing and adjusting so they do not bind or stick, right through to full rebuild depicted below.

These French Doors look well beyond repair, we rebuilt them and saved the homeowner over £1600 on replacement.
These French Doors look well beyond repair, we rebuilt them and saved the homeowner over £1600 on replacement.

As you can see, we were not back to sound timber but this didn’t pose a problem. We simply kept cutting away until all defective timber had been removed. Using correct splicing techniques these French Door repairs were effected in just one day. We also draught proofed them as well. The result of the French Door repairs below:

French Doors Repaired and Fully Rebuilt With Draught Proofing
French Doors Repaired and Fully Rebuilt With Draught Proofing

 

This represented a healthy saving on complete replacement and will last as long as they are painted.

The French Doors and fixed light pictured below including beautiful glass, in a high quality, durable timber such as Sapele Hardwood costs £5000.00 so there’s plenty of incentive to work with the original doors where possible.

Beautiful French Doors rebuilt from scratch.
Beautiful French Doors rebuilt from scratch.

Here’s a look at how much we needed to cut away to find good wood! This isn’t your everyday repair but it will be a great example if your wondering about the viability of refurbishment over replacement. I would estimate a repair like this to be close to three quarters of the price of replacement, it isn’t necessarily good value for money, however we had no choice as the council wanted to save them if at all possible, and of course anything can be saved and it is unlikely that you will need 70% total surface area rebuilt. I might also add that the client was extremely happy with the outcome.

Below is the repairs far more advanced and nearly ready to fit back. Just the little glazing bar for the corner coloured glass, and then the small clear reglaze to go. A panel then needed fitting and there we have a door we can safely say will last another twenty years if decorated, and maintained well.

French Door Repairs and Draught Proofing

 

This was more difficult to repair than replacing, however the client wanted the French Doors kept original as much as possible. We needed to make the door structurally sound, and that meant full mortice and tenon rebuild to the lower section as there really wasn’t a great deal of original door, we replaced the left hand side mullion and that was enough to provide structural integrity right back up the door with quality joining techniques. We repaired the door in softwood because the original door was this material, and repairing in hardwood would leave more opportunity for the timbers to split, since both will move at different temperatures and light exposure.

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