Published at Monday, October 02nd 2017. by Bisaillon in Patio Doors.
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.
Some manufactures offer optional extras, such as tinted glass, anti-sun, laminated, obscured glass and Argon-filled double-glazing. It is also possible to match existing period features by specifying Georgian bar or leaded-light in rectangular or diamond style. An innovative option is switchable privacy glass which enables molecules inside the double-glazing to become transparent or opaque at the press of a button; this is expensive, though, typically doubling the original price of good quality patio doors.
That solution is patio doors with built in blinds. While having blinds put over patio doors is nothing new, having them built directly into the doors themselves is a modern invention. The convenience of blinds included with the door can save you a lot of time and money from searching high and low for the right set of blinds that will fit your doors. You can install them yourself, or have a professional do this for you. First, though, youll need to do some research on what type of doors will fit best in your home.
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.
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.
One of the great features of a house is having a patio where you can entertain guests or just hang out and enjoy the day. Maybe when you saw your current home, you imagined what kinds of activities youd be doing out on the patio. Once you moved into the house, you began to enjoy this space between your home and the yard, however, theres one aspect that youre not too crazy about, and thats the patio doors. Patio doors come in all sizes and may have sliding glass doors, or traditional doors that open with a doorknob. Regardless of what style of doors you currently have, they all share something in common: a lack of privacy.