While these particular types of doors are often the basics of indoor to outdoor entrances, another, perhaps more decorative choice, when it comes to both interior and external decor, are french patio doors. French doors give a home a certain look and style that your traditional sliding glass door simply cannot. French doors offer a distinct look that is both beautiful and practical. If, however, you are looking for an option for a patio door to your new home, or you are simply looking for a replacement to your old patio doors, there are a few things that you will want to consider when looking for french patio doors. The first thing that you will want to consider with french patio doors is the materials that they are constructed of. Typically, you will find two options. The first option and the most widely used material for French doors are wood.
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.
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.
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