Sabourin Patio Doors October 26th, 2017 - 04:03:26
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.
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.
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.
Double glazed doors are not just energy savers they also offer other advantages for homeowners. For one thing they offer an elegant exterior. They also allow more natural light to get inside your home. More natural light would greatly enhance the interior of your home. So you will get a more elegant exterior and interior with this type of door. If you still have an old fashioned patio door or if you are planning to install a new patio door consider the great benefits that you will get with a double glazed patio door. You will not only cut down your electric bill with a double glazed patio door but you will also help reduce carbon emissions and help in keeping the well being of our environment.