Published at Sunday, September 24th 2017. by Vallee in Patio Doors.
The patio is one location of the house that is very versatile. It can be a place to relax and unwind after a hard days work; it can be a place to view the garden; it can be a place to have a refreshing breakfast or even an afternoon cup of coffee and it can also be an interesting nook of the house that has its special purpose for the family. In some apartments where space is more of a luxury, the added space provided by patios are quite welcome. Of course, since patios are technically outside, you must have a quality patio door that connects the interior of the house to it. This is where patio doors come in.
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.
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.
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.
As with any kind of door for the home, your door can also be made of different materials. A door on the patio can be made of wood which is the most popular one. Wooden doors are popular because wood can easily blend in with both the interior and exterior of a house. French patio doors, for instance, has always been made of wood. Nowadays, though, you can also consider other materials such as fiberglass or even PVC doors for your homes patio. When choosing the kind of material, of course, you should consider the kind of protection that you will need. Be sure that your patio doors are protected from harsh sunlight, strong winds and rain. Also, you can consider having your patio screened so that the insides of your home can also be protected from insects and bugs.
While a wooden French door is normally constructed to be very sturdy, you will want to make sure that the wood that is used for the doors construction is kiln dried. This will ensure that the exterior side will hold up to whatever weather it has to endure. With most French doors, you will not have to worry too much about a door cracking or shrinking; but, you will need to apply either coats of paint or stain from time to time. The next type of french patio doors you will likely find are vinyl doors. These types of doors are perfect for people looking for an easy to maintain French door. A vinyl door is a very durable door and will likely last you a great many years. However, you will need to take caution as these doors are at risk for scratches and even dents.