Gaetane Patio Doors October 26th, 2017 - 03:46:25
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.
Traditional patio doors are made of wooden frames. Wood is certainly an elegant frame for a door. The main drawback those with wooden frames is cost. Arguably these doors are a lot cheaper than wooden ones. In terms of durability aluminum beats wood. With a high tensile strength aluminum is made to last a lifetime. It does not easily get scratched by cats or dogs like wood does; aluminum is virtually scratch-free if taken cared of properly. Longevity of aluminum cannot be questioned too. Compared to wood aluminum does not suffer from rot. Nor would it easily corrode. Pound for pound aluminum doors to your patio outmatch wooden ones where toughness is concerned.
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.
Traditional or modern? Classic or contemporary? Varying tastes and different architectures throughout the years as well as innovations and enhanced lifestyles have given rise to the wide choice in patio door variations currently available in Britain. This article aims to describe the types of patio doors - their styles and functionality similarities and differences together with some of their main advantages and popular options - in order to provide readers with an informative guide.