Yolette Patio Doors October 26th, 2017 - 03:23:26
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.
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.
The latest patio doors innovation is slide-and-pivot doors. Developed and launched since 2007/8 slide-and-pivot doors incorporate the major benefits of bifolding doors and sliding patio doors. Comprising a number of individual glazed panels that fit snugly together when closed there is a master door that can be opened with a standard (pivot) action enabling the other doors to be moved individually along the top and bottom guides; as each door is moved to the end of the guides it can also pivot open to increase the access width between the divided areas ( to a suggested maximum of approximately 8 metres).
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.