Romaine Patio Doors October 24th, 2017 - 05:21:28
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.
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.
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.
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.