Add light and space to your home with a roof lantern

Roof lanterns are a modern, value for money home improvement that is a perfect accompaniment to your home. The impressive glazing creates a ceiling of glass for the maximum amount of daylight to shine down into your property, brightening the whole room.

Ways to use roof lanterns

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Wherever you choose to install your roof lantern, you can be sure that you will enjoy the amount of natural light that it will bring into the room below. Lighting up a previously dull corner of your home, making it feel light, bright and airy. Not only with the room directly under the roof lantern benefit from the natural light, but any nearby room will also get that extra bit of light, transforming your living space.

The most common uses for roof lanterns are adding them to a new or existing flat roof extension or into the ceiling space of a landing. If your extension is big enough, you can opt for 2 roof lanterns which can be installed side by side which make a stunning statement and bring in double the amount of natural light.

Why are roof lanterns a great way to add daylight into your room?

  • Roof lanterns suit both modern and traditional homes thanks to the simple sleek appearance that complements both styles, making them such a versatile product for any home improvement project.
  • They are a cost-effective way of completely transforming an existing room in your home. If you have a dark or dull flat roof extension or corridor in your home that could be made into a whole new space with the addition of light, then roof lanterns are a great way to achieve this. Instead of completely redoing that part of your home, installing a roof lantern will bring so much benefit for your home at a much smaller cost compared to a renovation project.
  • Even if you aren’t thinking about moving house just yet, roof lanterns increase the value of your home. This is because anything that boosts the amount of light in your home adds extra value as it contributes to any space feeling larger and more inviting.

Roof lantern options

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You can create your desired look for your project with a roof lantern form Bowalker. Available in a wide choice of architectural colours and a range of designs and sizes, the features are suitable for any setting or project.

Bowalker roof lanterns are available with PVCu cappings so you can match your roof lantern with the design of your current windows and doors or make a contrast and choose a complementing colour.

Roof lanterns from Bowalker Doors

If you’re interested in adding a roof lantern to your home that don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are happy to help advise you on the best suited options for your home so you can enjoy more light and space in your home.

May 18, 2022

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Why you should consider roof lanterns this summer

Whether you are looking to increase the number of bedrooms in your home, add workspace or create your dream kitchen, extending your home is a much cheaper option than moving house to get the additional space you desire. When extending your home or enhancing the space you already have, considering a roof lantern is a great idea. They add an architectural statement to a flat roof, flood light into your home and create a bright and open area for the whole family to enjoy.

What are roof lanterns?

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A roof lantern is made up of glazed panels installed on a roof. From the outside of your home, you can see that they achieve a pitched roof effect, which creates a much more spacious feel for the inside of your home by adding that extra height and light.

For stunning aerial views and sun rays into your home, our roof lanterns feature slim frames and impressive size options so that you can tailor yours to your project. We offer roof lanterns in a two bar design, which is available up to 1500mm by 7450mm, or a three bar design that’s available up to 2750mm by 8700mm.

Add light

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By far the biggest benefit of roof lanterns is the amount of light they can flood into your property. Adding a roof lantern into your property or new extension can make all the difference to the inside of your home. With the additional height and extra light, a once small and compact room can feel so much bigger – even on dull days your roof lanterns channel the light into your space. A bright functional space keeps you more energized and improves concentration levels whilst the warm, dusk light in the evening helps to create a cosy ambiance that helps you to unwind after a busy day.

Improve ventilation

It’s useful to have roof lanterns that have one or two panels which can open for the purpose of ventilation. There are three main options for ventilation within roof lanterns including opening windows, opening sashes if your roof lantern has side lights, or trickle vents that can be electrically operated. Having a good amount of air flow throughout your home is essential, especially if they have been installed covering a kitchen where it easily becomes warm, or a south facing part of your home that attracts a lot of sunlight, so you can regulate the temperature and keep the room cool.

Thermally efficient

The extra light that roof lanterns bring into your home helps save you money on your electricity bills. The natural light will illuminate your living space, meaning you won’t have to use your lights as much during the day.

Sleek style

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Roof lanterns add the wow factor to any home, for the stunning night views of the stars alone they are worth it. They can be used to highlight specific areas of a room, for example a dining space, and can help to define space and add a real focal point to your interior whilst creating a sense of grandeur to the exterior.

Protect privacy

If you’re having a new extension, planning where your windows are positioned can be tricky, especially if your home is close to your neighbours. A great way to protect your privacy if you have neighbours in close proximity is to bring sunlight through the roof.

Design options

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Create the look you desire for your project with our choice of architectural colours and range of design and sizes offering features suitable for any type of home. They are also available with PVCu cappings so you can match your roof lantern with your existing windows and doors for a seamless finish.

Open up your home for summer with Bowalker

If you’re interested in upgrading your home or incorporating roof lanterns into your new extension, get in touch with us to discuss your design requirements and we will work closely with you to create the perfect roof lantern. Alternatively, you can get the ball rolling by requesting a quote and we will be in touch with you.

May 4, 2022

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Four top tips for staying on top of your front door maintenance

Front door maintenance is actually very simple with our composite doors as they require very little aftercare to keep them looking fresh. But, to keep them looking as good as new their lifetime, there are a few things that you can do to make sure the entrance of your home remains a show stopper. Here we have put together some front door maintenance tips for you to follow and look out for, to keep yours looking as good as new.

Front door maintenance and cleaning

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To maintain the exterior appearance of your front door, all you need to do is clean with some warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Just give it a wipe down and focus on any dirt that might have built up from daily use. Doing this with the door both open and closed makes sure that you reach all the edges and get any hidden spots can be easily missed. It’s important that you don’t use any abrasive cleaners or rough sponges as they are harsh products that can damage the finish of your front door. When it comes to stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner to tackle any of those. Once you’ve given it a good clean, make sure you remove any excess liquid with a dry cloth, so you don’t leave any water marks.

Glass cleaning

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Sparkling glass can transform the appearance of your front door, and it’s a simple fix for removing the grime of finger marks. You can use soapy water to clean the glass windows on your front door as well, but it’s best to use a microfibre cloth for the glass so that you avoid any streaking. You can also use a general glass cleaner for the glass sections of your door, that can be found in the supermarket to add some shine, creating a glistening finishing touch to your welcoming front door.

Hardware maintenance

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Our doors are built for high traffic use, but to keep your door performing well throughout its lifetime, the hardware might need some light maintenance. Wiping down the handles, hinges, letterboxes, knockers or any other hardware features with warm soapy water can ensure they are kept looking fresh and like with the door, make sure you wipe away any excess water. Again, don’t use any abrasive cleaners that may cause any damage. Every now and then you might need to tighten screws on the hinges to ensure the door is opening and closing smoothly and doesn’t squeak. All moving parts should also be regularly lubricated with a 3-1 oil equivalent, not WD40.

Lock maintenance

The simplest way to maintain the locking system of your composite door is to make sure that you’re using it properly. So, when the door is closed, make sure that the top and bottom locking points are both engaged. This will help the upkeep of the locking system and provide extra security for your home.

Choose a Bowalker composite door for your property

So if these top tips have inspired you for a change, all our composite doors are easy to keep looking as good as new and last for many years to come. If you’re interested in updating the front of your home, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call on 0800 881 5640. Our expert team are happy to help advise you on the best door for your home.

April 13, 2022

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Top 5 signs to buy a new composite front door

Your front door is the first thing that people see when they visit your home so you want to greet them with a welcoming front door. If your front door has seen better days, has cracks, squeaks when you open and close it, or the paint has faded or is peeling off, it may be time to treat your home with a new composite front door.

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1. It’s difficult to open and shut

The main function of your front door is, of course, to open and close properly, keeping your home safe and secure. If your front door is sticking or dragging along the floor when you use it, this can mean that the sash has dropped or the door material has expanded to be too big to fit in the hallway. Doors that are getting old can sag and if you have a timber front door, they can warp or twist which can leave gaps around the frame or make them difficult to open and close. Not only are these bad signs for your front door, but you could end up damaging your flooring in the hallway if it drags every time you use it.

2. Peeling paint on timber doors

If you have a timber front door, that you’re tired of sanding and repainting only for the paint to start cracking and peeling a few months later – you can save time and energy by replacing it with a new super low maintenance composite front door. Modern technology has allowed us to offer impressively weatherproof composite front doors that never need painting and are of the finest quality. Bowalker composite doors have PVCu thermal inserts in their triple sealed frame for the ultimate weatherproofed door, no matter what the unpredictable British weather throws at them. They are unique to other composite doors as they feature a 4mm GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) outer skin, improving on the industry standard of 2mm which helps to prevent colour fading peeling and corrosion.

3. Visible cracks

If you spot visible cracks on your front door, they won’t go unnoticed by you or your visitors. Cracks in your door can also indicate a structural weakness, which could tell potential criminals that will it be easy to break in. improve your household’s security by installing a sturdy new composite front door for ultimate peace of mind. A new composite front door from Bowalker is made from a combination of PVC, wood, insulating foam and GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) creating a strong, durable and weatherproofed entrance and is installed with a PAS 24 accredited multipoint locking system as standard with 5 hooks for unbeatable, high tech security. The doors have also achieved a Secured By Design accreditation, making them the police preferred choice for homes.

4. Draughts

If you find yourself wondering why your house feels cooler than usual your front door could be the culprit, so make sure to double check for cold spots. Ageing doors can suffer from faulty seals and other subtle cracks, which let draughts into your home. Cold air entering your home could be costing you extra money to heat your home too so by simply having a new composite front door installed, you could eradicate draughts and cold spots, making your home more energy efficient, containing heat. Our composite doors have a 4mm GRP outer skin, an upgrade on the industry standard of 2mm. This enhanced outer thickness improves the insulation of the door and includes a panel insulated with rigid foam, giving you a warmer home and saving you money on energy bills.

5. Loose hinges

A squeaky door can be a sign that the door hinges are loose and while this problem can be fixed with simple maintenance, it could be highlighting a more serious problem. If you have loose hinges on your front door, this can indicate poor home security, making it easier for them to be destroyed in a break in. While a slight squeak might not be a major concern at the time, it can get worse, so it’s best to look into it as soon as your hear it!

Buy a new composite door from Bowalker Doors

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With a wide range of composite front doors to choose from including Hallmark composite doors, Bowalker Composite doors and Solidor composite doors, should you notice any of these signs on your current front door, we can work closely with you to choose the perfect fit for your home.

To try before you buy, you can visit our showroom where you can have a walk around and chat to our knowledgeable team for some advice. If you know what you want already, request a quote here and you can get started on improving the entrance to your home.

March 4, 2022

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Choosing between bifold doors or sliding doors

What is the better choice for your home and available space? Bifold or sliding doors? There are lots of considerations to take into account when choosing what style of door you’d like to have in your home, so we have put all of the most important ones into this blog to help homeowners choose between them. Bifold doors are great for connecting the home to the garden, and sliding doors are ideal for if you want larger panes of glass.

The advantages of bifolding and sliding doors

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Both bifolding and sliding doors have their advantages as they make the most of your available space, it’s just deciding which space they are more suited to. They both promise a contemporary, grand feature for your home, whether you’re replacing an old set of patio doors or deciding on the best type for a new extension. As well as aesthetics, homeowners now expect a level of functionality to their home improvements and our bifolds and sliding doors offer this, with slim sightlines, flush and level thresholds, energy efficient and longevity.

Understanding the similarities

Bifold and sliding doors share several impressive features, making your decision easier when it comes to the technical side of things.

  • Both are thermally insulated, to maintain optimum temperatures all year round, helping homeowners save money on energy bills.
  • High quality safety glass is used which boasts impressive U-Values. Our aïr 800 bifold doors offer 1.4 W/m2K and our aïr lift and slide doors offer an impressive 1.38 W/m2K.
  • All our doors are tested to the latest and highest security and weather standards for ultimate peace of mind.

With such similarities in the technical performance of both doors, it allows you to focus more on the functional and aesthetic factors.

Choosing a bifold door or a sliding door

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There are two significant differences that separate bifold and sliding doors and these tend to influence a homeowners decision the most.

Bifolds are made up of multiple sashes meaning there are more visible panels and aluminium profiles as a result, depending on how many you decide to have. So, whilst they can be fully folded back in the warmer weather, you have more sightlines in view when the doors are closed. Our bifolds have slim sightlines so it’s more of an aesthetic preference.

Our sliding doors provide large expanse of glass up to 2.2 meters wide. The benefit of these large glass panels are that you get an uninterrupted view of your garden, giving you the perfect slimline aluminium frame.

If you have a smaller living space and want to make the most of it, then bifold doors are the perfect choice for you, thanks to the fully opening nature creating the illusion of more space. If you have lots of space to work with, then both types are door are a great option.

Daily life with a bifold or sliding door

If your new sliding and patio doors will be your only access into your garden, a consideration to factor in when choosing bifold or sliding doors is using them in the winter months, as sliding doors require an entire glass panel to be moved for everyday access to the garden. Bifold doors come with a traffic door option, which is a conventional door built into the bi-fold system, that sits on a normal hinge and has a standard handle for easy operation. This allows quick and easy access when you don’t want to fold away every panel in the bi-fold.

How they both work

Bi-fold doors use a tracking system that runs along the door panels, which are connected. The doors work by folding in on themselves in a concertina style and then glide along a tracking system on wheels, for smooth, silent operation. Your bi-fold doors can have between two and 10 panels, all of which are connected and attached to the tracking system at the bottom or top of the doors. You can choose whether your bi-fold doors open inwards or outwards, depending on what is the most practical choice for your living space.

Sliding doors work by sliding open on strong stainless steel rollers which are expertly engineered to hold vast panes of glass that weigh up to 300kg. For effortless operation, you can easily open and close your sliding doors with as little as two fingers, thanks to the impressively crafted aïrglide technology.

Choose the right door for your project with Bowalker Doors


If you would like to get started on your next home improvement project with either of our sliding doors or bifold doors, then get in touch with us. Our team will work closely with you to further help you choose the perfect fit for your living space. If you have an idea or plans of what you would like already, request a quote and we will be in touch with you to discuss your project requirements.

March 4, 2022

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Choosing Hallmark doors for your home

Unlock endless possibilities for the front of your home with a Hallmark door. Your front door is the first thing friends and family see when they visit your home, so why not make a lasting impression by creating an entrance to be proud of. If you’re looking for a composite door with infinite style options, so you can add the perfect finishing touch to your property, choose our Hallmark doors that offer so many designs and colours, no matter what style of property you have.

Expert innovation

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Everything about a Hallmark door is made to be easy to maintain, saving you time and money when it comes to cleaning your front door. Simply wipe down your front door with warm, soapy water every now and then and your door will continue to look as good as new. Offering exceptional durability, the door is made with a high impact resistant glass reinforced plastic (GRP) skin and comes with a 10 year peace of mind guarantee.

You can be sure that your new Hallmark door will keep outside noise to a minimum, which is perfect if you live in a busy area. This is thanks to a weighted noise reduction of 31 decibels for superb sound insulation, helping to make your home the haven you want it to be after a long day.

Stunning front door aesthetics

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The classic woodgrain finish of the Hallmark composite door was developed from oak tree grain, creating an authentic appearance that offers a seamless, elegant finish and impressive kerb appeal. Our versatile range is available in 5 door slab options, 175 door designs, any RAL colour and a choice of hardware to add the perfect finishing touch. This way, you can be in keeping with your property’s style or make a bold statement.

Enhanced security for your home

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At Bowalker Doors, your security is paramount to us and with a Hallmark door, we can give you complete peace of mind. Thanks to the rigid polymer subframe, high density foam core, high impact resistant GRP skin and high quality multi-point locks, your home is in safe hands. Hallmark doors achieve PAS24:2016 security standards, the industry’s enhanced security standard, and have attained the Secured by Design certification, a police initiative to protect against unlawful intrusion.

A weather resistant door

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Not only is your home kept quiet, secure and stylish, but it’s also protected from the unpredictable weather. The door features a water resistant polymer composite rail that protects the core, keeping the weather at bay and keeping your door looking great for longer.

Choose a Hallmark door from Bowalker Doors

If you’re interested in updating the front of your home with a Hallmark door, get in touch with us to request a quote and have a chat about your project. If you’d like to find out more, you can download the Hallmark brochure here to see what else they have to offer to your home. We have expert experience in installing Hallmark doors for home’s throughout Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton and surrounding areas. this way, you can have peace of mind that we can help you choose and install the perfect hallmark door for your home.

January 31, 2022

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Why you should use bifold doors for your kitchen

Bi-fold doors can transform any kitchen into a bright, airy and beautiful room. So if you’re looking to make the most of your kitchen space, bi-fold doors are a great place to start. While some homeowners build an extension or break a wall down in their home, you can make your home feel more connected to your outdoor living space and make it a more accessible, warmer place for the whole family to enjoy throughout the day.

Benefits of kitchen bi-fold doors

✔️ The widespan glass of bi-fold doors fills your kitchen with natural light, giving it a bright, airy feel – making your kitchen feel larger.

✔️ Bi-fold doors perfectly frame your garden view, showing off your outdoor living space.

✔️ Particularly when open, bi-folding doors offer uninterrupted space between your kitchen and garden, which is perfect for hosting barbecues and garden parties in the summer.

Home ventilation

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There are some key considerations to make when installing your new kitchen bifold doors, especially if they’re external. When cooking, boiling liquids creates water vapour which turns into condensation when it makes contact with the cool, glass surface. In a kitchen this is unavoidable, so just make sure that your space is ventilated. With bi-fold doors, you can choose to have a traffic door, which you could leave ajar while cooking to improve the air circulation in your home.

Improved energy efficiency in your home

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An energy efficient bi-fold door makes sure that your kitchen is well insulated. A well-insulated kitchen stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Our bi-fold doors offer impressive energy efficiency, boasting U-values as low as 1.5 W/m2K for our aluminium range and 1.4 W/m2K for our aïr 800 bi-fold doors. The lower the U-value, the better your insulation will be.

Home accessibility

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When opening your kitchen bi-fold doors, they operate smoothly and seamlessly, while all the panels neatly stack in the corner of the room. Thanks to this, you can open up a whole wall in your home to create seamless living between the outside and inside.

Choose Bowalker bi-fold doors for your kitchen

Our aïr 800 bi-fold doors open up your home like never before, with impressive maximum dimensions of up to 3 metres in height and 1.2 metres in width. This range is the Rolls Royce of bi-folding doors, as they unlock endless design possibilities to completely transform your home. The aïr 800 has lots of configurations to choose from to create a door tailored to the specific needs of your property and can be installed with up to 10 sashes, giving your home impressive views and an open plan living style for the household to enjoy.

Our aluminium bi-fold doors are another type of bi-folding door that we stock. Offering your home sightlines as slim as 132mm for uninterrupted views of your garden, adding space and light to your project. PAS 24 accreditations means your home is protected and all our doors are fitted with high performance locking systems and multipoint locking on the main opening sashes.

If you’re interested in transforming your home with our bi-fold doors, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your project with you. We have installed kitchen bi-fold doors in areas such as Surrey and West Sussex, so keep an eye out for our expert installations.

January 31, 2022

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Quickslide vertical slider

Vertical sliding sash windows are designed to provide modern performance with traditional aesthetics. They are the perfect choice for heritage buildings, Victorian and Georgian properties, and add a touch of class to any modern home thanks to the authentic style.

Quickslide vertical sliders work in the same way as traditional sliding sash windows, where both the top and bottom panes move to allow the circulation of air.

The PVCu frames are fitted with multiple chambers, designed to offer impressive performance against the unpredictable British weather. Double glazing is also fitted as standard to retain as much heat as possible, reducing draughts and cold spots.

How they work

Vertical sliding sash windows have a unique vertical opening which can enhance any home. They work on a pulley system so instead of pushing the window outwards, like in a standard design, you’ll be able to push the window upwards. A typical sash window has a sill, top and bottom rails, timber linings, sash weights, and cords. All of these aspects work in harmony, so the window can move freely and function effectively.

Traditional style

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Vertical sliding sash windows offer unique, traditional character, perfectly complementing period properties and adding character to new builds. This makes them a popular choice for replacing timber sash windows, as they perfectly replicate the traditional style, thanks to the vintage aesthetics.

Colour options

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Choose from a carefully selected range of stock colours for your sliding sash windows. Create a classic, natural feel for your home and select a realistic wood effect or make a sleek, subtle contrast with black frames. If you have a new build, grey sash windows are a very popular choice and we also offer smooth wood effect finishes for more traditional properties. You can also choose heritage tones including Chartwell Green.

Security features

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Quickslide vertical sliders feature advanced levels of security without complex operation. They are practical and come with all the security features you need. There is the option to take advantage of a comprehensive high security upgrade package, which meets all the requirements for PAS 24 to ensure safety and security for your home, keeping you and your family secure.

Upgrade your home with Quickslide vertical sliding windows

Choose Quickslide vertical sliders to give your home a new lease of life. Find out more on our sister website, Bowalker Windows, where you can find out more about Quickslide. For more inspiration and ideas, you can download the brochure here and get planning your home improvement project. If you would like some in person advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 881 5640.

January 7, 2022

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What is a composite door?

Composite doors are a popular choice for homeowners when replacing their front doors, but what is a composite door? As an increasingly popular option for any type of property, what they actually are is less than obvious to most. Knowing what your door is and what it’s made of is an important factor to consider when choosing a new front door. So we have given you a breakdown of what a composite door, to help you make the right decision for your home.

What are composite doors made of?

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As the name implies, a composite door is made from a variety of materials. Typically, a composite front door has a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) skin which can be moulded to allow a variety of styles and designs. This enables the door to be extremely tough, rigid and waterproof, so it will last for many years to come. The base of the door is typically steel or metal with a polyurethane foam core, and they can have either an extra insulating double rebate or a more simple single rebate. A rebate is the groove in the vertical edge of the door, which creates a snug fit between the door and the frame, enhancing the thermal efficiency.

What are the benefits of a composite door?

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Composite doors are a great, practical choice for replacing your front door, as they are extremely durable and weatherproof. They’re also very low maintenance, so you don’t have to worry too much about the up-keep of your front door. A quick wipe down every now and then will leave your door looking as good as new. Thermal efficiency is also an impressive feature of composite doors, thanks to their high energy ratings. Your safety and security is paramount, so our composite doors are manufactured with the PAS 24 accredited multipoint locking system and have achieved Secured by Design accreditation, making them the police preferred choice and complaint with Document Q.

Composite doors vs. PVCu doors

PVCu doors are secure, but composite doors offer the highest levels of security thanks to a super strong structural frame combined with glass reinforced plastic. The laminated safety glass will also not fall out of the door if broken, it will shatter but stay in place. PVCu doors do have some variety in styles, but composite doors have far more options available. You can choose from a wide range of colours including Chartwell green, sleek black, oak and classic white.

Composite doors from Bowalker Doors

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Lead the way into your home with a beautiful Bowalker composite door. Our doors offer timeless styles that are known and loved by homeowners, which is what makes them such a popular choice, offering cutting edge, contemporary options that feature modern aesthetics and classic design. We have experience in installing beautiful bifold doors throughout Brighton, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex. So you can have full peace of mind that we can create the perfect home improvement.

Is it time to update your front door? Get in touch with us to replace your current entrance with a composite door. Let us know the specifics of your project on our website and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

December 11, 2021

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Do I need planning permission for bifold doors?

It’s very unlikely that you will need planning permission for installing bi-fold doors in your home. However, if your new doors are part of a home renovation or remodelling, you’re having an extension built or adding a new room for extra space, it’s a good idea to double check before you get started, just to be on the safe side.

Permitted development rights

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The planning permission process can be avoided if your extension or home improvement falls within permitted development rights.

Under permitted development rights, a single storey extension can be built up to 6m from the original rear wall of an attached house, or 8m if you live in a detached house, and up to 4m in height. If you’re looking for a two storey extension, then it cannot be taller than your existing roof, it can’t extend beyond your existing rear wall by more than 3m and it must be at least 7m from your boundary.

Combining your living space and widespan bi-fold doors, you can create an incredible open plan space for the whole family to enjoy. Make the most of the extra space by using it as a dining area or place to relax after a long day. Bowalker bi-fold doors can seamlessly lead you onto your decking area, patio or garden, which is perfect for gatherings in the summer.

Planning permission for bi-fold doors in an extension

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If your bi-fold doors are being installed as part of your new extension, you will only need to look into planning permission if your extension size and design are not covered by permitted development rights.

If you want to add much more extra space to your home, then you will need to apply for planning permission. At Bowalker, we work closely with you on larger glazed extensions like this which require planning permission, so you can have peace of mind that your project will run smoothly from start to finish.

Planning permission for a heritage or listed building

When it comes to listed and heritage buildings, planning laws are very different. Laws are also different for properties on ‘designated land’, in protected areas, or if your home is located in a conservation area, National Park, or an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Planning permission can sometimes be complicated, especially with listed buildings, as they can require material, design and colour choices to be warranted. To make sure that all requirements and permissions are met, we work closely with you on your glazed extension from design to installation. Our bi-fold doors can be chosen with these requirements in mind, so that you can tailor your bi-fold doors to your project exactly.

Planning permission for balconies

Balconies are a great place to have your bi-fold doors installed, as they frame your view through the large expanses of glass and slimline frames, bringing the outside one step closer to you.

If you would like a new balcony added to your property however, this is a special case, as your new feature is likely overlooking someone else’s home or garden. You need to be sure to have planning permission for something like this, as you want to make the most of your view and available space, without upsetting your neighbours!

Building regulations

All houses that are undergoing home improvements such as extensions need to comply with building regulations. When starting projects with our customers, we always check if approval is needed before altering your home in any way so that your bi-fold doors can be expertly installed with no interruptions or set-backs.

For glazed extensions which are merged with your existing space, we may need to seek building regulation approval. For most conservatories and orangeries, building regulation approval isn’t required if the design falls within permitted development rights.

Bowalker Doors bi-fold door options

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We stock two impressive bi-fold door ranges for you to choose from including aluminium bi-folds and our state-of-the-art aïr 800 range. Both are the perfect addition to your home, no matter what style of property you have.

Our aluminium bi-fold doors offer your property a stunning feature wall of glass, with sightlines as slim as 132mm for uninterrupted views, whilst adding natural light and space to your project.

The aïr 800 range is the Rolls Royce of bi-folding doors, creating extreme design possibilities for any project, making them ideal for property transformations. They create a maximum amount of space by folding away completely to reveal spacious areas in your home, making them the perfect choice if your house has large external walls that you want to make the most of.

Start your project with Bowalker Doors today

So, when you ask yourself, do I need planning permission for bifold doors? Don’t worry! We have got you covered. Planning permission doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when your home improvement project falls within permitted development rights. So whether you’re replacing existing doors or starting a new project from scratch, we’re on hand to offer advice. If you would like to find out more get in touch with us or request a quote to get your project started today. Look out for our bi-fold installations in and around Sussex, Brighton and Surrey for inspiration.

December 10, 2021

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You can trust us with your transformation plans as we’re members of Checkatrade, FENSA and the Plastics Window Federation.

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