Did you know that patio doors were introduced during the pre-war era at the start of the 20th century? Historians suggest that patio doors were inspired by Japanese doors called Shoji.
These Japanese doors had translucent material instead of glass and they had wooden frames. To create sturdier patio doors people started using stronger materials such as glass and metal frames. And thus the sliding glass patio door was created.
However, there are more patio door types and designs to choose from for modern homes so you’re spoilt for choice. But which one do you pick to match the type of indoor and outdoor decor you have? And what will benefit you most in terms of practicality? Van Acht stocks the finest and this article will help you decide.
Patio Door Designs to Choose From
When selecting patio doors you want a type of door that will complement the outdoor and indoor aesthetics of your home. In this section we’ll take a look at the sliding glass door and the frameless folding door.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass patio doors are a popular choice because they’re space savers. They don’t fold in or outwards so they’re never in the way. Some designs allow you to slide the door into a cavity to hide it for a more streamlined look.
They provide plenty of light because their frames are narrow so material doesn’t block light from entering your home. A sliding glass door is ideal for contemporary homes. They’re sturdy, easy to slide open and they come with a convenient latch so you can lock and unlock it with one hand.
Frameless Folding Doors
Frameless folding doors consist of panels of glass that have a unique runner system that allows the doors to fold behind each other. The panels don’t have frames around them so it allows more light into your space.
These types of patio doors can also be installed outside to divide a space into sections. It works well for outdoor areas where you want to block off wind. Additionally, frameless folding doors are ideal for houses with high ceilings.
Van Acht is excited to launch its aluminium frameless sliding folding door by the end of 2021. It’s something exciting to look out for as it will be a unique design that will be effortless for homeowners to install.
Something Different: Trendy Patio Doors You Can Get From Van Acht
One of the biggest trends right now for patio doors is aluminium cavity sliders. The cavity sliders are designed for large openings to enhance your home’s architectural features. For a seamless look, the door slides into a cavity in the wall. Cavity sliders are perfect if your living room is connected to your outdoor entertainment area.
To show homeowners how cavity sliders work Van Acht will be installing one in its aluminium showroom at its Kya Sand Branch.
Frame Materials Ideal for Patio Doors
The aesthetics of patio doors typically comes from the style and material of the frame. If you want a specific look then consider the type of material you want as a border. Take a look at the materials below you can select from.
Aluminium Sliding Doors
Aluminium sliding doors are sturdy and durable. This type of material makes it easier for you to slide your door open and closed. It’s also non-corrosive so it won’t rust or get damaged when exposed to water.
What’s more, aluminium is light, affordable and energy efficient. You’ll appreciate that aluminium patio door frames require little to no maintenance and they will last for many years.
Wooden Sliding Doors
Wooden sliding doors are classic and are ideal for traditional style homes. It’s a natural material so it may need some maintenance. When the colour fades you can simply add a stain to enhance the wood’s colour.
Van Acht’s wooden sliding doors are fitted with aluminium tracks, this eliminates the need to replace wooden tracks that may get water damage and not operate optimally over time.
Van Acht’s wooden frameless sliding folding door is still a popular choice especially for people renovating and enclosing their patios.
Advice from Van Acht – How to Pick Your Patio Doors
You may be tempted to go for the cheapest quote on the market when you purchase your patio doors. But you may not get the quality you’re looking for. There are so many features to consider when selecting quality patio doors such as:
- Door profiles
- Type of glazing
- Door handles
These factors will all have a significant impact on pricing. Van Acht only provides the highest quality patio door add-ons so that your doors will last for many years.
Patio doors add elegance to your home. No matter what style you choose it can enhance your indoor and outdoor features. Choose frameless folding doors if you have high ceilings or doors with wooden frames for a classic aesthetic.
The Benefits of Patio Doors
The benefit of patio doors is that they provide a connection to your garden. They also allow plenty of natural light to flow through your home which is ideal if you have dark backgrounds and accents.
Another reason to opt for patio doors is because they help your home setup be more energy efficient. You’ll even manage your budget easier. Since the patio doors allow natural airflow and warmth into your home there will be no need to use expensive air conditioning systems.
Are you looking for various patio door designs? Visit Van Acht today to find stunning exterior doors for your home. Choosing the right door is essential because it can have a major impact on the overall look and carbon footprint of your home. You can also visit our website at www.vanacht.co.za to browse through the many patio door options we have to offer.
Do you have questions about our patio doors? Leave a comment or contact our team today for assistance.