Posted on Nov 07, 2008 | Comments 0
When choosing a new set of patio doors for your deck, you need to be aware of just how much of the final display your patio doors will make on the entire presentation of the rear deck area.
The correct patio doors [Patio Furniture] can either open up the back of your house or seclude the deck presence from view.
They also can draw light into a room that before was lacking in natural lighting, or provide too much sunshine into a dining area that could get annoying.
You must consider all of these factors before you first choose the patio doors you want, sliding or hinged. After you make this basic decision, the steps narrow slightly.
Choosing the Materials
The next thing you have to consider after you decide how your doors will be installed is if you want aluminum, plastic, glass, or wood. One of the factors that will base the material you choose is the weather climate of the area you live in.
Although there have been many advances in sealing and installation of all patio doors, you will notice that the cold is more likely to seep in with glass doors although you can open up a room to more sunshine using glass. Wood and aluminum are excellent insulators to harsh weather, but aluminum is not always the most attractive choice for your patio doors.
Plastic based patio doors come in many varieties and colors and are also generally good insulators, but they also can be damaged and are not as visually attractive. Many people typically think of patio doors and think of French doors, which truly will add a large amount of style to a room that leans against the deck, but is not practical in all areas.
The advantage to French doors is that they generally are swing open on a hinge, instead of a panel, which is much easier to weather strip and insulate once the cold comes in. However, the glass will cause you to lose a lot of warm air.
The Overall Product
At the end of the day, when choosing your patio doors, you need to think about both the weather along with if you want to be energy efficient, or want a stylish set of doors. Of course you can strike a balance between the two when you choose your patio doors, but in most cases you will have to choose one or the other.
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