Martine Patio Doors October 25th, 2017 - 07:21:54
The latest patio doors innovation is slide-and-pivot doors. Developed and launched since 2007/8 slide-and-pivot doors incorporate the major benefits of bifolding doors and sliding patio doors. Comprising a number of individual glazed panels that fit snugly together when closed there is a master door that can be opened with a standard (pivot) action enabling the other doors to be moved individually along the top and bottom guides; as each door is moved to the end of the guides it can also pivot open to increase the access width between the divided areas ( to a suggested maximum of approximately 8 metres).
While a wooden French door is normally constructed to be very sturdy you will want to make sure that the wood that is used for the doors construction is kiln dried. This will ensure that the exterior side will hold up to whatever weather it has to endure. With most French doors you will not have to worry too much about a door cracking or shrinking; but you will need to apply either coats of paint or stain from time to time. The next type of french patio doors you will likely find are vinyl doors. These types of doors are perfect for people looking for an easy to maintain French door. A vinyl door is a very durable door and will likely last you a great many years. However you will need to take caution as these doors are at risk for scratches and even dents.
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.
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.