Published at Tuesday, July 11th 2017. by Ormazd in Patio Doors.
While these particular types of doors are often the basics of indoor to outdoor entrances, another, perhaps more decorative choice, when it comes to both interior and external decor, are french patio doors. French doors give a home a certain look and style that your traditional sliding glass door simply cannot. French doors offer a distinct look that is both beautiful and practical. If, however, you are looking for an option for a patio door to your new home, or you are simply looking for a replacement to your old patio doors, there are a few things that you will want to consider when looking for french patio doors. The first thing that you will want to consider with french patio doors is the materials that they are constructed of. Typically, you will find two options. The first option and the most widely used material for French doors are wood.
And that is not all. Aside from giving houses with excellent exteriors, patio doors make the interior look elegant as well. Why? Because they are nearly made of glass and allow natural light to easily pass through them. Interiors with insufficient lighting look gloomy or dull. But with enough sunlight pouring in, the beauty interiors are greatly emphasized. So, they allow your home to look great not just on the outside but on the inside as well.
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.
Arguably, French doors could be considered as retractable as each door can be pulled back. The advantage of retractable doors is that maximum access is possible between the two sides of the aperture whereas sliding panel doors generally overlap unless built to retract into a recess.
Metal frames, usually aluminium, provide strength in compact form. As notoriously good conductors (which is a bad attribute for insulation), frames made from aluminium are thermally-broken, which is a good attribute. It means that the metals on the inside and outside of the door frames are not joined, preventing the temperatures from being transferred between them. A bare metal frame would look completely unattractive so it is powder-coated in a choice of over 100 standard colours, including a white that resembles pvc.
Generally, timber frames are considered more traditional and can look beautiful! Hard wood such as oak is, as the name suggests, far more hard-wearing than a soft wood such as pine. Weather, especially strong sun, can take its toll on timber frames which could need to be varnished or painted annually. Wooden frames can swell and shrink with humidity, therefore opening and closing doors can require force and gaps can allow draughts in colder temperatures.