Sabourin Patio Doors October 26th, 2017 - 03:56:03
As with timber the quality of pvc frames available can vary - and generally you get what you pay for. The better ones will usually be reinforced with metal internally for greater strength but the cheaper options can be a nightmare to live with - sticking twisting splitting discolouring warping - often within a very short time. Most usually supplied as white some manufacturers offer limited colour options or wood effect finishes.
A visible "kitemark" on the glass is the consumers assurance that the double-glazed unit has been manufactured to British standards. The BSI has numerous standards including: U-value verification Window Energy Rating and Window Installation. The lower the U-value the better the thermal performance and most local authorities will require this to be 1.8 or better to meet building regulations.
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.
An alternative solution is to order patio doors with integral horizontal blinds factory sealed inside the double-glazing cavity. Proven to be reliable the blinds can be operated via a magnet system (there is an alternative electronic option) that enables the slats to be easily angled to control the amount of light filtering through and can also raise and lower the blinds for maximum light or shade. A major advantage of opting for internally sealed blinds rather than separate blinds is that they are totally maintenance-free - no arduous dusting or cleaning - and because the blinds are encapsulated inside the glazed panels they are exceptionally difficult to break.