If you are unfamiliar with the term “French door,” you are in for a real treat! A French door can add a true sense of elegance when used as an entry/exit door, or even in interior applications between rooms.
French doors come from an original French design in which glass panels (lites) replace the solid panels that would normally take up the center portion of the door. When paired in twos, French doors are sometimes called “French windows.”
The large glass panels of a French door (or set of doors) allow plenty of light to flow through, giving you a great view of the outdoors or, when used inside, creating a sense of spaciousness and airiness. In many cases the glass panels feature mullions or cross grids to break up the glass area and provide an additional design element. You can even have French doors installed with frosted or etched glass for a unique look that still allows light through, but provides a measure of privacy.
Most French doors are hinged, either singly or in pairs. Double French doors generally open in the center, creating a wide passageway for ingress and egress. But the French style can also be applied to sliding doors.
In the past, the large glass panels in French doors proved to be poor insulators, and use was often restricted to interior passage between rooms. However, advances in glass and frame technology make modern French doors exceptionally energy efficient, allowing their use as a connector to an outdoor patio or deck.
You don’t need to be fluent in French to understand how adding a French door to your home can increase its beauty and value. If you are interested in taking this home improvement step, please call Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 to schedule a free in-home design consultation and estimate on French doors for your home.