Published at Monday, September 25th 2017. by Gaetane in Patio Doors.
Patios are designed to be a continuation of the house into the backyard area, and with this in mind, the doors often have quite a bit of glass in them to offer you a good view. While you may enjoy this view, the thing is, there are times when youd like to have some privacy separating you from others outside and vice versa. Controlling the amount of sunlight that enters the home through the patio doors is another issue of concern. Bright light shining into a room isnt always desirable, so you need a solution that solves both problems at the same time.
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.
In addition to your choice of wood type, you can also find hardwood patio doors in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. While some hardwoods are stained a certain color, others are painted white or left in their natural color. Popular styles of wooden doors for patios are French doors and sliding doors, although, there are several other styles that also work great. French patio doors have that old-style provincial look that is very classy and elegant. These doors can have one big pane of glass or multiple panes of glass. Depending on how large your door area is, you can have two doors installed, or as many as four standing side-by-side to create a stunning scenic view to your backyard.
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.
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.
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.