Published at Wednesday, October 11th 2017. by Romaine in Patio Doors.
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.
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.
The first factor, which needs to be considered for these items are the material of the door, as it plays a huge role in deciding the look of your patio. French patio doors have been an eternal favorite with people because they are made of wood and they are durable as nature makes it a very good investment option. Wood patio doors never go out of style and it has a timeless appeal. Once you have decided about the type of material that needs to be chosen for the door, then you can move over the style which you would prefer your patio door to have. A couple of years back it was easier to make a choice for these doors, due to the dearth of versatility of these products, but today, it is a different story altogether. The consumer has a lot of options at his disposal. Since there are so many styles and designs available for these doors, you can select a piece, which seems compatible with the entire look of the patio.
Everybody wants to have a nice home, a place where the family can come together and live in peace and harmony. The image of the house is simple yet charming, and the homeowners personality is displayed by the interior design. The house with a patio would be magnificent, and the element to complete the entire aesthetic of the house is the patio door.Patios are a pleasing area of the house because they allow the homeowners to experience the warm, sunny outdoors without having to leave the home. Originally a Spanish word, "patio" does literally mean backyard. A patio can have a garden, an outdoor dining area, a swimming pool, or even a small court.
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.
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.