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.
There are two basic types of patio doors which include the hinged patio doors and the sliding or gliding patio doors. Hinged doors are normally available as French doors which come in a set of two doors. These normally open to the outside and may have a lot of glass incorporated into their overall construction, thus allowing you a view of the outside. There are certain other hinged doors that come in the form of accordion doors and are therefore able to fold open. If you are living in regions with warmer climates, you should consider investing in a good pair of accordion doors which also happen to be very space efficient. On the other hand, the sliding patio doors are normally available in a set of two, in which case one door slides past the other and in most cases these are entirely made out of glass.
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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