Patio doors comprise an outer frame plus individual door frames. These can be made from wood (soft- and/or hard-wood), metal or alloys (usually aluminium), pvc (polyvinyl chloride, a thermo-plastic polymer - the u stands for unplasticised) or a composite material, which may comprise any of the foregoing materials plus grp (glass reinforced polymer). There is also a style known as frameless, where the vertical sides of each door have no frames.
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.
A good place to start would be a home design store that offers patio doors with built in blinds. You will need to know the measurements of your door area in order to get an idea of the sizing needed. The more popular door units will be energy efficient to keep your home insulated from both hot and cold weather temperatures. The actual blinds themselves are usually white in color and have features like tilt and raise operation and maintenance free styling. These doors are also built to be strong and weather resistant, so they should last for years without any problems.
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