Sliding Doors in Orange County

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Patio doors come in many different styles and materials such as:

  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass
  • Aluminum

They can be streamlined in appearance to emphasize a particular viewing area, or they can be works of art – such as a French patio door clad with a rich wood interior and accented with a vintage grid pattern. Patio Doors can slide open and shut to save space, or they can open inward or outward.

When considering patio doors for replacement or new construction, you will want to take the opportunity to find just the right door for your particular home and space.

Sliding Patio Doors

French Style Sliding Patio Doors
Sliding patio doors are an affordable, space-saving way to open up a room. While hinged doors require extra space, sliding doors needs no swing room at all. It opens up a room with a great view of the outdoors, adds light and beauty to your home, and is an affordable option.The frame of a sliding patio door is most commonly made out of aluminium or vinyl. They typically open by sliding along horizontal tracks at the head and sill. A standard sliding door will have either a right–hand or left–hand operation and you will need to decide which is best for your room.

When buying a sliding door, consider the following:

  • Operation: Check how smoothly the rollers move in their tracks and how much effort it takes. The door should feel snug in its tracks, but move easily. It should feel more like it’s floating than sliding, and make minimal noise.
  • Security: Examine the locking system. Hardware selections vary, and the best doors will feature good quality hardware. Locks should meet or exceed local forced–entry codes.
  • Energy Efficiency: Make sure the sliding door you buy is well insulated and comes with the appropriate energy-saving glass to reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Grids or no Grids: A sliding door can come with grids between the panes of glass to give a multiple–pane look. This gives the door the style and feel of a French patio door- a little more elegant.

 

Sliding French Doors

French Style Sliding Patio Doors
The space-saving convenience of a sliding door with all the traditional beauty of a French patio door. French-style sliding patio doors have wider stiles and rails, which makes them an appropriate choice for traditional architectural home styles. French-style patio doors operate on a track and require virtually no interior or exterior space for opening and closing. They are available with either a right–hand or left–hand operation.

Benefits:
  • Open up a room to the outdoors
  • Bring in more natural light
  • Add an entry that looks beautiful from both inside and outside your home

Choosing a French-style patio door is different from choosing an interior French door because the patio door will likely be exposed to the elements of the outdoors. When buying a sliding French style door, consider the following:

  • Frame Materials: Consider durability and maintenance of the doors. Some of the best materials include vinyl and fiberglass. If your door will not be protected from the elements, such as with an awning, you should consider a more durable frame material.
  • Appearance: A French-style patio door has the appearance of a traditional French in-swing or out-swing door, while functioning as a sliding glass door.
  • Operation: Check how smoothly the rollers move in their tracks and how much effort it takes. The door should feel snug in its tracks, but move easily. It should feel more like it’s floating than sliding with minimum noise.
  • Security: Examine the locking system. Hardware selections vary, and the best doors will feature good quality hardware. Locks should meet or exceed local forced–entry codes.
  • Energy Efficiency: Make sure the French–style sliding door you buy is well insulated and comes with the appropriate energy-saving glass and design to reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Grids or no Grids?

For a multiple–pane look, a French–style patio door can often be ordered with a variety of grid options between the panes of glass. Interior and exterior snap-in grids also are available and can create an even more authentic look of a door composed of individual lites. Ask a representative for your options.

In Swing + Out Swing French Doors

inswingandoutTraditional French doors are typically used wherever you want to clearly define interior and exterior spaces while still providing a grand view. When deciding to use an in-swing or out-swing French patio door, it is important to ensure there is enough room for the doors to swing in and out without hitting walls or furniture.

An in-swing/out-swing French door is a great way to:

  • Open up a room to the outdoors
  • Bring in more natural light
  • Add an entry that looks beautiful from both the inside and the outside of your home
  • Maintain usable space on the inside or outside of the door

A French door has wider stiles and rails than a traditional sliding door. This makes it an good choice for traditional architectural styles and wherever a more classic patio door is desired. Always look for quality when choosing a French door. French doors are different from choosing an interior French door because the patio door will be exposed to the elements of outdoors, so, when buying a French door please consider the following:

  • Frame Materials: Consider durability and maintenance of your in-swing/out-swing French Door. Some of the best materials from a durability and low-maintenance standpoint include vinyl and fiberglass. If your door will not be protected from the elements of outdoors, such as with an awning, you should consider a more durable frame material.
  • Operation: Check to make sure the door seals tight and the locks engage properly.
  • Security: Examine the locking system. Hardware selections vary, and the best doors will feature good quality hardware. Locks should meet or exceed local forced–entry codes.
  • Hinges: It is important to look for heavy-duty hinges that are preferably adjustable to allow for vertical and horizontal panel adjustments.
  • Energy Efficiency: Make sure the in-swing/out-swing French door you buy is well insulated and comes with the appropriate energy-saving glass to reduce your heating and cooling costs for your home.