Bisaillon Patio Doors October 10th, 2017 - 02:06:06
The patio is one location of the house that is very versatile. It can be a place to relax and unwind after a hard days work; it can be a place to view the garden; it can be a place to have a refreshing breakfast or even an afternoon cup of coffee and it can also be an interesting nook of the house that has its special purpose for the family. In some apartments where space is more of a luxury the added space provided by patios are quite welcome. Of course since patios are technically outside you must have a quality patio door that connects the interior of the house to it. This is where patio doors come in.
Sight lines is the term used to describe the interruptions in the view through the doors; in other words the width of the vertical opaque areas between the glass when the doors are closed. On hinged doors such as French doors and bi folding doors timber and pvc frames generally have broad sight lines because unlike aluminium narrower frames would not be strong enough to be fit for purpose. As a guide to the width of two frames together cheaper pvc door frames can exceed 200mm aluminium frames are typically between 135mm and 160mm and frameless patio doors sight lines are under 40mm. Depending on the width of each door and number of doors to be installed the difference in glass to frame ratio could be significant.
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.
Screen doors are the other option as previously stated that can also add a rustic look to a patio. Screen doors work best for resort style homes log cabins and in places where the weather is generally hotter longer. A screen door is much cheaper than their metal and glass counterparts and is usually made of wood and screening. Metal screen doors will cost a little more but last longer against the elements. In choosing the correct set of patio doors for under $1000 people have a wide variety to choose from if they are willing to install them without professional help. Even so it would be hard to break the $1000 barrier unless there is a multitude of doors that need replacing. Choose the style that best fits the theme of the home and enjoy a bug free patio area for years to come.