uPVC Patio Doors for your Home
Fitting uPVC patio doors to your property can increase natural light, make your room feel bigger and expand your living space. Multiple doors can be used for larger openings and one or more of the door sections can be selected to open & close. Toughened safety glass for patio doors is recommended, especially where there is a lot of ‘traffic’ or children playing.
Sliding Patio Doors Features.
Most often seen with two panels, these doors tend to have one fixed pane and one moving pane. The moving section can either slide on the inside or outside, but for added security it is suggested to have the moving door on the inside track as it helps to protect against the door being lifted of the track from the outside.
- Toughened & energy efficient safety glass
- Anti-lift & easy slide tracks
- Multi-point locks – steel reinforced frames
- Choice of colours & finishes
- Choose which panels open – to the left or right
- Multiple panels for larger openings
- low maintenance & long guarantees
- Workmanship warranties on installations
Patio Door Security
It’s important to consider the security aspect of the doors, for reasons that are all too obvious (1 break in every minute in the UK) with 3 key aspects being the foremost to consider.
Locks: All round multi-point locks should be as standard, where there is a ‘hook’ for the main lock supported by a 5 lever cylinder which is snap, bump & drill proof.
Tracks: The doors should have tracks that deny burglars the opportunity to lift or lever the doors of them, which is very often the first method used when trying to break into your home
Glass. The glazed units are usually fitted into place and then ‘beading’ is used to clip into the frame in order to retain the glass in position – if the beading is on the outside then it is easier to force it off and remove the glass, therefore internally beaded glazed sections are preferred.
In terms of safety, you can opt for tempered (toughened) glass or even laminated glass to get maximum protection.
With such a large area of glass, it is worthwhile considering how to manage heat loss or heat gain. By using low emissivity (low-e) glass and gas filled double glazed panels it will improve the energy efficiency of the doors. You should look to install bi-fold doors that meet high standards of thermal efficiency and have a rating label from the BFRC.