Check Out These Different Types Of Patio Doors
If you are looking to change your patio doors you need to consider the different types of patio doors that are available in the UK. The variety of patio door types can become very confusing, but when you consider the style of the doors and how they operate you will be able to determine which ones you should consider.
Patio doors are a great way to transition between home and garden and in some instances will give the feel of open space or garden living within the home. See the comments from Carrington Windows on the types of patio doors within this article.
French Style Patio Doors – French Doors
French style patio doors or french doors will be two doors which are hinged on opposite ends of the door frame. The doors lock in the middle and make the style ideal for small spaces. The standard size of these doors may vary depending on where you live.
One of the primary advantages of this style of french doors the size, security and that they allow a large amount of light into the room from the patio.
One of the challenges with these doors is that the two door design means that the size of each door is limited. The size can be increased with sidelights, but these typically cannot be opened.
Bifold Doors – Bi-folding Doors for the Patio
Bi-folding doors on the patio are made up of multiple individual door leaves which fold into each other and slide along a supporting track. These doors will concertina at the end of the track and on the edges of the door frame. The bifold doors can be opened much wider than other styles of doors.
If you are looking for a flowing space between your patio and your house then these doors are ideal. Also if you have people with disabilities the door trim can sit flush removing an obstacle and making life easier for wheelchair bound persons to enter. Having BiFold Doors constantly open can cause some issues, occasionally the track that the doors run on can retain garden debris which may get caught in them making it hard to open the doors, these tracks should be swept regally. To reduce the maintenance on Bifold doors Carrington Windows generally recommend low profiles on the track base and a top hung track that will not be governed by garden debris.
Pocket Patio Doors
Pocket doors have a track and frame which is built into the walls allowing the doors to disappear into them. This will remove any form of barrier between your house and patio. The depth of the pocket for these doors will vary depending on the number of panels your door has. Each panel will need its own track to run on.
Many people do not have the space for the pockets, but this does not mean that you cannot purchase this style. It is possible to get a single door over an external wall construction which is called an open pocket. However, regardless of the type of pocket door you have it is important that these doors are planned in advance. This is due to the wall construction needed to house the pockets.
Sliding Patio Doors
Sliding patio doors are a common option in the UK, cost effective stylish and secure are all made possible with sliding patio doors. These patio doors will have a panel which slides along a track and the sliding door will stack at the end of the frame. It is recommended that you choose a slim-framed design to save space. You also need to consider the thermal performance of the doors and glass to achieve the best energy performance.
There are a number of different types of patio doors you can choose from. It is important that you consider the amount of space you have and the flow you want between your patio and home.
Consider More Than Just the Price
We all appreciate that price is important in any home improvement project, fitting the right style and profile of patio doors can have multiple advantages, especially when you come to selling your home, energy efficient Glass and frames will receive a tick on the energy performance certificate and savvy buyers look for improvements that will save them cash on their energy bills. There are a number of points to consider including the guarantees, security, performance, energy ratings, style, usability (disability) and the immeasurable feel good factor you get from enjoying the outer space from inside and that overall ease of access.
There are many types of patio doors available and we hope that this article will be of some assistance in selecting the right choice. Here at Carrington Windows we wish you every success in selecting the right choice and types of patio doors, we have a team of friendly surveyors who understand the different types of patio doors who provide a free survey to help you select the right type of patio door for your home. to arrange a free survay and to get the best patio door deal please book a free survey here.
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