Published at Monday, September 25th 2017. by Bisaillon in Patio Doors.
Sight lines is the term used to describe the interruptions in the view through the doors; in other words, the width of the vertical opaque areas between the glass when the doors are closed. On hinged doors, such as French doors and bi folding doors, timber and pvc frames generally have broad sight lines because, unlike aluminium, narrower frames would not be strong enough to be fit for purpose. As a guide to the width of two frames together, cheaper pvc door frames can exceed 200mm, aluminium frames are typically between 135mm and 160mm and frameless patio doors sight lines are under 40mm. Depending on the width of each door and number of doors to be installed, the difference in glass to frame ratio could be significant.
It is now easier to choose the style for your door because homeowners now have more choices. In the old days, most patios can do with any kind of door. Some even think that any door is good enough just as long as it closes and opens when you please it. Of course, if you want your home to be in style then you also have to make sure that the patio door style you choose should not go against your homes general theme.
Installing these doors isnt as simple as it may seem and should therefore only be done by a professional. This is because it is important to get a tight seal, as well as ensure that the weather stripping in the door frame has been placed properly. This particularly applies to the older homes as it can often prove challenging when hanging the doors such that they are plumb, be able to seal out the elements and still be able to open and close the doors easily. Be sure to also select doors that will fit into the space without requiring any modifications. It is therefore advisable to dig deeper into your pocket to find the cash to pay for a professional door installation service that will ensure that your patio doors are perfectly installed the first time around.
There are a wide range of designs, styles and options of patio doors to select from for your home. It is important to keep in mind the amount of space you are working with when choosing the right patio doors for your home. If you have a small space, you may want to go for sliding doors for your doors. On the other hand, a large patio would be best served by a pair of expansive French-style doors. The doors you select should also be weather tight against the elements such as wind, rain and snow.
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.
Traditional patio doors are made of wooden frames. Wood is certainly an elegant frame for a door. The main drawback those with wooden frames is cost. Arguably, these doors are a lot cheaper than wooden ones. In terms of durability, aluminum beats wood. With a high tensile strength, aluminum is made to last a lifetime. It does not easily get scratched by cats or dogs like wood does; aluminum is virtually scratch-free if taken cared of properly. Longevity of aluminum cannot be questioned, too. Compared to wood, aluminum does not suffer from rot. Nor would it easily corrode. Pound for pound, aluminum doors to your patio outmatch wooden ones where toughness is concerned.