Bisaillon Patio Doors October 25th, 2017 - 09:30:52
Going with a wooden door style means that youll probably pay a bit more and youll need to keep up with their maintenance if you wish to keep them from getting that weathered look. However wood is a luxurious material that provides your home with a natural ambience and charm. Patio doors can be found in hardwood types such as oak cherry and mahogany which are strong and blend well with many interiors and exterior areas.
Generally timber frames are considered more traditional and can look beautiful! Hard wood such as oak is as the name suggests far more hard-wearing than a soft wood such as pine. Weather especially strong sun can take its toll on timber frames which could need to be varnished or painted annually. Wooden frames can swell and shrink with humidity therefore opening and closing doors can require force and gaps can allow draughts in colder temperatures.
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.
Arguably French doors could be considered as retractable as each door can be pulled back. The advantage of retractable doors is that maximum access is possible between the two sides of the aperture whereas sliding panel doors generally overlap unless built to retract into a recess.