Gaetane Patio Doors October 26th, 2017 - 03:33:52
Originally patio doors were all of the French Door variety; that is a pair of doors that are hinged at the sides and open from the middle each door pivoting in- or out-wards. French doors are still popular especially with builders of new homes as they are comparatively cheap and easy to accommodate in place of windows and offer an alternative evacuation route for families especially for elderly or disabled people to meet improved fire safety requirements.
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.
Having an outdoor space like a patio in your home can lead to some interesting design possibilities. There are all sorts of things you can do to add a touch of flare and interest to an outdoor space like a patio. However one thing that is often overlooked when an outdoor area like a patio is the patios entrance from the home itself. In these cases many people overlook the possibility of a beautiful door. Perhaps the most common of all types of exterior doors are sliding glass doors.
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.