Romaine Patio Doors September 25th, 2017 - 04:47:25
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.
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).
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.