Published at Monday, October 09th 2017. by Clarice in Patio Doors.
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.
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.
Traditional or modern? Classic or contemporary? Varying tastes and different architectures throughout the years, as well as innovations and enhanced lifestyles, have given rise to the wide choice in patio door variations currently available in Britain. This article aims to describe the types of patio doors - their styles and functionality, similarities and differences, together with some of their main advantages and popular options - in order to provide readers with an informative guide.
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.
Going with a wooden door style means that youll probably pay a bit more, and youll need to keep up with their maintenance if you wish to keep them from getting that weathered look. However, wood is a luxurious material that provides your home with a natural ambience and charm. Patio doors can be found in hardwood types such as oak, cherry and mahogany, which are strong and blend well with many interiors and exterior areas.
Once the measurements have been taken care of, it is time to explore the market for the right kind of door to fit the patio area. The most effective way to decide over the different types of patio doors is by looking at layout and design of the patio itself. If the patio windows are made up of glass walls, a glass patio door will fit best. If a home features a screened in patio, a screen door will look most appropriate. After the type of door is chosen, different costs will be incurred for the different types of doors. Glass patio doors are going to cost a little bit more but can serve as storm doors that insulate the home much better. These doors tend to cost in the $200 or more range but are effective and elegant pieces to add to the patio setting.