Bisaillon Patio Doors October 25th, 2017 - 09:26:28
As with timber the quality of pvc frames available can vary - and generally you get what you pay for. The better ones will usually be reinforced with metal internally for greater strength but the cheaper options can be a nightmare to live with - sticking twisting splitting discolouring warping - often within a very short time. Most usually supplied as white some manufacturers offer limited colour options or wood effect finishes.
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.
Some manufactures offer optional extras such as tinted glass anti-sun laminated obscured glass and Argon-filled double-glazing. It is also possible to match existing period features by specifying Georgian bar or leaded-light in rectangular or diamond style. An innovative option is switchable privacy glass which enables molecules inside the double-glazing to become transparent or opaque at the press of a button; this is expensive though typically doubling the original price of good quality patio doors.
While sliding folding or standard push-pull doors are part of style they are given much important because they also have a lot to do with space. Sliding and folding patio doors are more preferred since they can give you more house space. Not only that but a patio door that folds can also lead to a wide open patio that can make the sun shine in your home. Deciding on the type of opening for your door is based on your general preference; be informed though that there are many options to choose from.