Bi Folding doors were launched around the turn of the century; they can be installed in place of French doors, where both doors are hinged to fold as they open together to one side. Bi folding doors can also span an opening to around 7 metres wide, depending on the frame chosen. A master door can be placed amongst the doors, at the ends or in the middle, wherever the opening is required; this door is a standard (pivot) opening door which enables the other doors to be pushed to the side or sides of the aperture, resulting in a sliding-folding action, concertina-style, to maximise the width of the opening between home and garden or conservatory.
An alternative solution is to order patio doors with integral horizontal blinds, factory sealed inside the double-glazing cavity. Proven to be reliable, the blinds can be operated via a magnet system (there is an alternative electronic option) that enables the slats to be easily angled to control the amount of light filtering through and can also raise and lower the blinds for maximum light or shade. A major advantage of opting for internally sealed blinds rather than separate blinds is that they are totally maintenance-free - no arduous dusting or cleaning - and because the blinds are encapsulated inside the glazed panels, they are exceptionally difficult to break.
There are also many styles of the patio door. Some patio doors are made using the French door design, where the single panel of glass is cut into several pieces. The door frame of the French door has mullions, the bars where the glass panels are attached. Using a French deck door still creates the same transparent effect, although with a little more elegance.Some deck doors make use of sidelights to create a more spacious look. Sidelights are door-length windows installed at either side of the door. They may only be windows but they also use glass panels, making them transparent and letting more light and view into the house. Sidelights may either be narrower than or as wide as the doors themselves.
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