Clarice Patio Doors October 25th, 2017 - 08:59:20
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.
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.
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.
A visible "kitemark" on the glass is the consumers assurance that the double-glazed unit has been manufactured to British standards. The BSI has numerous standards including: U-value verification Window Energy Rating and Window Installation. The lower the U-value the better the thermal performance and most local authorities will require this to be 1.8 or better to meet building regulations.