Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017. by Gaetane in Patio Doors.
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.
A visible "kitemark" on the glass is the consumers assurance that the double-glazed unit has been manufactured to British standards. The BSI has numerous standards, including: U-value verification, Window Energy Rating and Window Installation. The lower the U-value, the better the thermal performance and most local authorities will require this to be 1.8 or better to meet building regulations.
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.
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.
There are also many styles of the patio door. Some patio doors are made using the French door design, where the single panel of glass is cut into several pieces. The door frame of the French door has mullions, the bars where the glass panels are attached. Using a French deck door still creates the same transparent effect, although with a little more elegance.Some deck doors make use of sidelights to create a more spacious look. Sidelights are door-length windows installed at either side of the door. They may only be windows but they also use glass panels, making them transparent and letting more light and view into the house. Sidelights may either be narrower than or as wide as the doors themselves.
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.