Published at Thursday, October 05th 2017. by Clarice in Patio Doors.
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.
As with timber, the quality of pvc frames available can vary - and generally, you get what you pay for. The better ones will usually be reinforced with metal, internally, for greater strength but the cheaper options can be a nightmare to live with - sticking, twisting, splitting, discolouring, warping - often within a very short time. Most usually supplied as white, some manufacturers offer limited colour options or wood effect finishes.
One of the features that adds real value to a home is the patio area. A patio allows you the option of comfortably relaxing outside while enjoying the weather. Its also a great place to entertain guests for picnics, parties and holidays. When it comes to deciding what to do with the doors leading out to the patio, you also have many options. One of the traditional choices are hardwood patio doors.
Whats good about the this door is that it connects the outside world to the home. If an ordinary door with no glass panels is used, even if there is patio just outside the house, the people inside will not get to see it. On the other hand, a homeowner will be able to see the dainty veranda and the beautiful outdoors every time he passes by the porch door.Patio doors have many varieties. At most times, they use the sliding door design and can remain open throughout the day. Swinging balcony doors are also available.Courtyard doors with double-leaves add much more space in the house because of their transparent double leaves. There are also foldable patio doors. Some have two, three, or four foldable leaves, and as the leaves increase, the bigger the open area can become.
Bi Folding doors were launched around the turn of the century; they can be installed in place of French doors, where both doors are hinged to fold as they open together to one side. Bi folding doors can also span an opening to around 7 metres wide, depending on the frame chosen. A master door can be placed amongst the doors, at the ends or in the middle, wherever the opening is required; this door is a standard (pivot) opening door which enables the other doors to be pushed to the side or sides of the aperture, resulting in a sliding-folding action, concertina-style, to maximise the width of the opening between home and garden or conservatory.
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.