Published at Saturday, October 07th 2017. by Bisaillon in Patio Doors.
One of the great features of a house is having a patio where you can entertain guests or just hang out and enjoy the day. Maybe when you saw your current home, you imagined what kinds of activities youd be doing out on the patio. Once you moved into the house, you began to enjoy this space between your home and the yard, however, theres one aspect that youre not too crazy about, and thats the patio doors. Patio doors come in all sizes and may have sliding glass doors, or traditional doors that open with a doorknob. Regardless of what style of doors you currently have, they all share something in common: a lack of privacy.
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.
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.
While a wooden French door is normally constructed to be very sturdy, you will want to make sure that the wood that is used for the doors construction is kiln dried. This will ensure that the exterior side will hold up to whatever weather it has to endure. With most French doors, you will not have to worry too much about a door cracking or shrinking; but, you will need to apply either coats of paint or stain from time to time. The next type of french patio doors you will likely find are vinyl doors. These types of doors are perfect for people looking for an easy to maintain French door. A vinyl door is a very durable door and will likely last you a great many years. However, you will need to take caution as these doors are at risk for scratches and even dents.
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.
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.