Published at Friday, October 13th 2017. by Gallia 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.
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.
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.
Installing these doors isnt as simple as it may seem and should therefore only be done by a professional. This is because it is important to get a tight seal, as well as ensure that the weather stripping in the door frame has been placed properly. This particularly applies to the older homes as it can often prove challenging when hanging the doors such that they are plumb, be able to seal out the elements and still be able to open and close the doors easily. Be sure to also select doors that will fit into the space without requiring any modifications. It is therefore advisable to dig deeper into your pocket to find the cash to pay for a professional door installation service that will ensure that your patio doors are perfectly installed the first time around.
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.
Efficient use of energy is a must these days. It would not only lead to lesser expenses, but it would also help clean our environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Most people say that it would be up to the government and huge power-consuming companies to figure out ways to develop technology to curb off carbon emissions. Yet, we should also help in the fight to keep the well being of our environment. We can do little things on our home that would help us use energy efficiently.