Romaine. Patio Doors. November 01st , 2017.
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.
You may not have notice, but your old fashioned patio door is causing you to spend unnecessary energy. Ordinary glass is a notoriously good thermal conductor. During summer months, it can let heat from the outside to travel inside. And when it is winter, it can easily radiate coldness inside and may cause drafts. More heat or cold inside the home during summer or winter translates into more use of air-conditioning or heating systems. That means more energy use and more carbon emission and more expensive electric bills. But these doors are such an elegant household feature that many home owners before are not worried about spending more money for electricity and more energy that would cause more carbon emissions. Some have advocated the use of tinted patio glass doors. While tinted glass may be a good thermal insulator, it would deprive a home owner the most valued asset of this type of door: visual transparency. A patio door that would not allow a home owner to relax inside his home to get an uninterrupted view of his garden or yard would be just the same as a standard entry door.
In the mid-20th century, sliding doors became very popular - two or three panels of glass that slide along grooves in the floor. To distinguish them from traditional French doors, they were marketed with the thoroughly modern name of Patio Doors and this is often the image people have today when that term is used. Easily installed in place of a window, the immediate advantages were additional natural light and access to the garden. They also became a popular option to use where a pivot door opening space was limited or where the aperture was wider than a pair of French doors. Older installations were typically single-glazed, prone to warping and usually became difficult to slide open and closed. Still available today but in a developed form with double glazing and rollers for easier sliding, the popularity of sliding doors during this century has declined as bifolding doors gained market share.
In addition to your choice of wood type, you can also find hardwood patio doors in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. While some hardwoods are stained a certain color, others are painted white or left in their natural color. Popular styles of wooden doors for patios are French doors and sliding doors, although, there are several other styles that also work great. French patio doors have that old-style provincial look that is very classy and elegant. These doors can have one big pane of glass or multiple panes of glass. Depending on how large your door area is, you can have two doors installed, or as many as four standing side-by-side to create a stunning scenic view to your backyard.
An alternative solution is to order patio doors with integral horizontal blinds, factory sealed inside the double-glazing cavity. Proven to be reliable, the blinds can be operated via a magnet system (there is an alternative electronic option) that enables the slats to be easily angled to control the amount of light filtering through and can also raise and lower the blinds for maximum light or shade. A major advantage of opting for internally sealed blinds rather than separate blinds is that they are totally maintenance-free - no arduous dusting or cleaning - and because the blinds are encapsulated inside the glazed panels, they are exceptionally difficult to break.
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