Have you ever wondered how the French door came about? In the 17th century, the French began to incorporate the Renaissance concepts of proportion, light and symmetry into their doors. These doors integrated long, symmetrical panes of glass into a wood frame. The glass extended down almost to the bottom of the frame, and had a very practical purpose – to let in more light to illuminate homes that had yet to see the advent of electricity.
Though this isn’t necessary in the modern world, many homeowners today still love French doors for the way they let in light while adding an elegant aesthetic element to their homes. Here are four things about Andersen® French doors that you may not know:
- Our French doors are energy-efficient. Not only are they made of durable, easy-to-maintain materials that stand up to the elements much better than traditional French doors, the large amount of glass area allows a remarkable amount of natural light to flood in and brighten your home, while also adding warmth in the cooler seasons. In addition, our Frenchwood® patio doors have a five-point locking system that not only increases the security of your home, but creates a weather-tight seal for maximum energy efficiency.
- Our French doors make upkeep easy. While traditional French doors are stylish and beautiful, they are also a lot of work, requiring continual maintenance in order to limit damage from the elements and prevent them from swelling, sticking and warping. French doors installed by Renewal by Andersen are made of strong, durable materials that weather the sun and rain much more easily than traditional French doors, and as a bonus, they require very little maintenance.
- Our French doors are a breeze to operate. While most people are familiar with sliding glass doors, we often refer to ours as “gliding” doors. This is because they operate so smoothly that they practically glide on their own, with very little exertion required to open and close them. This ease of operation is due to the dual ball-bearing track rollers and self-contained leveling adjusters that move the doors effortlessly along stainless steel tracks.
- Our French doors are available in several different colors. In addition to French gliding patio doors, we also install the Frenchwood® outswing patio door for those who prefer hinged doors. Both models feature stainable oak, maple or pine interiors that allow you to stain the doors to match your existing woodwork, though the more traditional pre-finished white is an interior option as well. Choose from several exterior color choices. Multiple grille and hardware options allow you to further customize the look of your doors.
If your current sliding door is old, inefficient and hard to operate, it may be time to look into replacement doors installed by Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA. They’ll give your home a dramatic flair and are an excellent choice for connecting your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Contact us today at (610) 849-2800 to schedule your FREE in-home consultation and find out if Frenchwood patio doors are right for you.