Gallia Patio Doors October 10th, 2017 - 02:41:35
The patio is one location of the house that is very versatile. It can be a place to relax and unwind after a hard days work; it can be a place to view the garden; it can be a place to have a refreshing breakfast or even an afternoon cup of coffee and it can also be an interesting nook of the house that has its special purpose for the family. In some apartments where space is more of a luxury the added space provided by patios are quite welcome. Of course since patios are technically outside you must have a quality patio door that connects the interior of the house to it. This is where patio doors come in.
Patio doors comprise an outer frame plus individual door frames. These can be made from wood (soft- and/or hard-wood) metal or alloys (usually aluminium) pvc (polyvinyl chloride a thermo-plastic polymer - the u stands for unplasticised) or a composite material which may comprise any of the foregoing materials plus grp (glass reinforced polymer). There is also a style known as frameless where the vertical sides of each door have no frames.
Patio doors may be constructed from a broad spectrum of materials. These include glass which is the most common choice and which may be incorporated as a solid panel or in a multitude of small panels which are set within a frame. If you reside in colder climates you may consider having your glass double paned insulated or specially treated such that its able to trap the heat inside your home. Alternatively you could go for doors made from aluminum and vinyl which tend to be cheaper options ideal for those working with a tight budget. You should however keep in mind that you get what you pay for and should therefore not expect aluminum or vinyl doors to wear as well as the glass patio doors.
Because slide-and-pivot doors have no hinges there is no requirement for a sturdy side frame; its only purpose is to cover the gasket that seals the double glazed unit. This means that the views afforded through the expanse of patio doors have minimal interruptions. At the time of writing there are two versions of frame-less glass doors available in the UK both using the slide-and-pivot technique: one manufacturer supplies their frameless glass doors with kite-marked double glazed units which have a visible seal the other uses an almost transparent method of sealing their double glazing. Contemporary by design the absence of visible characteristics makes frameless glass doors a viable option for period properties.