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.
Having an outdoor space like a patio in your home can lead to some interesting design possibilities. There are all sorts of things you can do to add a touch of flare and interest to an outdoor space like a patio. However, one thing that is often overlooked when an outdoor area like a patio is the patios entrance from the home itself. In these cases, many people overlook the possibility of a beautiful door. Perhaps the most common of all types of exterior doors are sliding glass doors.
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.
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