A patio door is essential. It’s the entrance to your yard, your outdoor space, your little corner of paradise. It offers you a panoramic view of the outside world. Extra-large patio doors that accentuate this link with the outdoors have become very popular these days. By letting in as much natural light as possible, large patio doors eliminate boundaries.
Patio door materials and design
To meet a diversity of needs, patio doors can be made of PVC, aluminum or a mixture of materials, like PVC-aluminum hybrids or wood-aluminum hybrids (offering the character of wood on the inside and easy maintenance on the outside). The hardware has evolved to accommodate the trend toward larger dimensions, leading to the design of a number of Lift and Slide products. This sophisticated system makes it easier to move large patio door panels without being hindered by their weight. While regular patio doors generally measure 6 x 7 feet, you’ll now see doors on the market as large as 12 x 8 feet!
Patio doors can consist of anywhere from two to four panels (four are used in high-rise buildings, as the doors need to have increased resistance to wind). They can be double- or triple-glazed, depending on the desired level of energy-efficiency. It’s also possible to include practical or esthetic elements like grilles, frosted glass or even built-in blinds. For a look similar to that of a regular door, you can choose a garden-type patio door with large muntins for a more luxurious effect.
Patio door safety, security and energy-efficiency
To prevent injuries, patio doors must be made from impact-resistant tempered glass, which breaks into small, blunt pieces if shattered. To lock a patio door, you can use a safety bar, a bottom lock or a double-hook mortise lock for added security. And when it comes to energy-efficiency, we’re very proud of the fact that nearly all of the patio doors offered at Portes et Fenêtres Verdun are Energy Star certified.