Patio doors may be constructed from a broad spectrum of materials. These include glass which is the most common choice, and which may be incorporated as a solid panel or in a multitude of small panels which are set within a frame. If you reside in colder climates, you may consider having your glass double paned, insulated or specially treated such that its able to trap the heat inside your home. Alternatively, you could go for doors made from aluminum and vinyl, which tend to be cheaper options ideal for those working with a tight budget. You should however keep in mind that you get what you pay for and should therefore not expect aluminum or vinyl doors to wear as well as the glass patio doors.
Because slide-and-pivot doors have no hinges, there is no requirement for a sturdy side frame; its only purpose is to cover the gasket that seals the double glazed unit. This means that the views afforded through the expanse of patio doors have minimal interruptions. At the time of writing, there are two versions of frame-less glass doors available in the UK, both using the slide-and-pivot technique: one manufacturer supplies their frameless glass doors with kite-marked double glazed units which have a visible seal, the other uses an almost transparent method of sealing their double glazing. Contemporary by design, the absence of visible characteristics makes frameless glass doors a viable option for period properties.
Once the measurements have been taken care of, it is time to explore the market for the right kind of door to fit the patio area. The most effective way to decide over the different types of patio doors is by looking at layout and design of the patio itself. If the patio windows are made up of glass walls, a glass patio door will fit best. If a home features a screened in patio, a screen door will look most appropriate. After the type of door is chosen, different costs will be incurred for the different types of doors. Glass patio doors are going to cost a little bit more but can serve as storm doors that insulate the home much better. These doors tend to cost in the $200 or more range but are effective and elegant pieces to add to the patio setting.
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