French doors leading to your patio can be a beautiful addition to your home. Not only does it let more air into your home, but it can also provide a better view of the outdoors while sitting inside of your home. If you are thinking about installing patio french doors, here are four tips to consider:
- Think About the Material: There are different material types that you can choose for your french doors. For example, you can choose wood french doors, which is the more traditional style. However, you must consider the maintenance. If you paint the wood, you are going to have to repaint it often. You also have to consider the chance of the wood warping due to exposure to moisture, which can make the door more difficult to open and close over time. Other materials, such as vinyl and steel are good options if you want low maintenance. However, with these materials, you won't get the same traditional appearance and they are a bit louder when opening and closing.
- Choose the Right Glass: The glass type is important to consider because you want to be sure that you choose something durable that is not going to crack, which is especially important for safety. Impact resistance glass is best for preventing break ins. You also want to consider how much sun is going to be coming through the glass during the day. If there is a lot of sun, then choosing a glass that is tinted is the best way to protect your furniture and flooring from damages due to UV ray exposure.
- The Direction the Doors Open: The doors can either open inwards or outwards and it is something to consider seriously. After all, if they open inwards, but you have furniture near the doors, is it going to impact the way in which people are able to get in and out? You may want it to open inwards though if you have open space inside, but have a smaller patio that has large patio furniture.
- Consider Opening Style: French doors can open in a couple of different ways. For example, they can bend in the middle, which allows you to lay them flat against the wall in which they open up or you can choose a simple, single-hinged french door. The best way to determine which style is best is to consider your lifestyle. If the french doors are going to be used often throughout the door because it's the only entrance from inside to the patio or backyard, then single-hinged may be best in order to prevent damages.
When you consider these four tips, choosing patio french doors for your home can be made simpler and you will know what options are best to suit your needs.