Originally, patio doors were all of the French Door variety; that is, a pair of doors that are hinged at the sides and open from the middle, each door pivoting in- or out-wards. French doors are still popular, especially with builders of new homes, as they are comparatively cheap and easy to accommodate in place of windows and offer an alternative evacuation route for families, especially for elderly or disabled people, to meet improved fire safety requirements.
Cutting costs for home improvement is at the top of all homeowners lists because it makes the appearance of the house look better, it can increase the property value, and it provides a job to do around the home. Replacing patio doors is one of these projects that can be undertaken when the old ones get too beat up. A good patio door can be bought cheaply and installed at no extra cost by a homeowner. The very first step to getting a new patio is door is measuring the dimensions of the doorway. This will allow any door purchased to fill the space correctly. The price of not having the correct size door include lost time, paying for extra materials, and even energy being lost because of poor insulation qualities. Be sure to get the most accurate measurements and keep them close when purchasing a new door.
Some manufactures offer optional extras, such as tinted glass, anti-sun, laminated, obscured glass and Argon-filled double-glazing. It is also possible to match existing period features by specifying Georgian bar or leaded-light in rectangular or diamond style. An innovative option is switchable privacy glass which enables molecules inside the double-glazing to become transparent or opaque at the press of a button; this is expensive, though, typically doubling the original price of good quality patio doors.
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