French Doors Let In Natural Light

slideshow-3French doors are usually installed in pairs that when opened together, create a large entryway to the world outside. Yet even when these doors are closed, they offer a lovely view of the outdoor world through their combinations of window paneling. But don’t let this generalized description get in the way of all that these doors have to offer. In fact, these entryways come in so many different shapes, sizes, and styles the hardest thing about buying them is choosing the one that best fits you and your home.

Door Construction

These doors are often built with either wood or fiberglass surrounding the windowpanes. Wood trim allows for a softer interior look and comes in many varieties of hardwood species and can be stained or painted in any shade or color. Fiberglass doors are also beautiful by providing a clean, modern appeal that can once again be painted any color you desire. Plus, due to their synthetic material, they are much more durable to exterior climates and will never peel, swell, or warp. Or you may choose a combination: a wood door with aluminum trim that can provide the best of both worlds and create a unique design to your entryway.

Glass Selection

The most unique part about French doors is their glass paneling. As you can probably imagine, the artistic design of the window arrangement is limitless and largely depends upon your own personal style: Do you want smaller, multiple panes? Do you want large, all-encompassing windows? Do you want a combination of both? Do you want it stained? Glazed? Beveled? Textured? Etched? What about an interior French door? Do you feel too open and vulnerable to the outside world? Then window treatments such as blinds, drapes, curtain, shades, or slatted shutters may be the way to go. The choices never end. But beyond the design, there has been major innovation in the types of glass used in these doors in order to protect your home from the exterior elements.

Since the majority of these doors are constructed of glass, there may be an increased threat of breakage. Wind, debris, and hail may be of concern to you, but more durable windows are now available to put you mind at ease. Special-grade glass can have enough strength to counter hurricane winds and high-velocity objects without fracturing. And even if there is a crack, newer forms of glass will not break and become hazardously jagged but will instead shatter to avoid any further danger or injury. Plus, most of the windows are insulated and can be slightly tinted in order to save any energy leakage and high utility bills during both summer and winter. Also, most trim is water and insect resistant to ensure safety against outdoor nuisances.