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French Doors & Energy Efficiency – PART I: What Are French Doors?

Tired of the old doors in your home? Want an option that won’t obstruct views of the outdoors or block natural lighting? If you’ve answered “yes” to both questions, then you really should consider French doors.

French doors are popular as entry doors and patio doors, as well as interior doors. They allow adequate privacy while letting in light, providing views and allowing for a visual connection between two spaces. This series of posts gives you the lowdown on French doors. You’ll be amazed by the many benefits these doors have to offer.

What Exactly Are French Doors?

French doors, also known as French windows, are doors that come in varying sizes. They are characterized by panels of glass that allow ample natural light to enter a room. Traditionally, French doors are installed in pairs and are hinged. They can be either in-swing or out-swing, depending on your personal preferences and your area’s building codes. There are also folding and sliding French doors on the market.

Why Consider French Doors for Your Home?

When used as a patio door, French doors can draw the eye to aspects of the home you’d like to highlight, such as a beautifully landscaped garden or a stunning view. Indoors, French doors provide a visual bridge between living spaces to create continuity and the illusion of space. A French door can also substitute for an interior wall.

Do French Doors Have Limitations?

As with any other building material, French doors have a few limitations. For one thing, they tend to be slightly more expensive than other door types. Homeowners also need to be more vigilant about energy loss; if not oriented properly, French doors may allow too much sun (and heat) into the home.

French doors can give your home a high-end, attractive appearance, helping improve your home’s value. However, for you to be able to maximize your investment, you will need to learn more about another important aspect: energy efficiency. In the next post, we will discuss the energy performance of French doors.


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