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Out-Swing French Patio Doors: 2 Things That Can Affect Your Installation

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If you plan to replace your patio doors with out-swing French patio doors, there are a few things to consider before and after installation. Although French patio doors make excellent replacements for your current doors, they can experience a few problems after installation, including weather damage and a high threshold. However, with the right tips, your out-swing French patio doors can be exquisite additions to your home. Here are two things that can affect your out-swing French patio doors after you install them and tips you can use to solve the issues.

Weather Problems

Out-swing French patio doors give you a chance to enjoy the great outdoors in privacy. However, heavy rain, melting snow and strong wind gusts can create problems for your doors and home. One of the issues you may face is water damage in the foundation above your doors.

Water can penetrate the wooden frame that supports your French doors and damage them. If this happens, your doors can sag on the hinges, which affects how well they open and close. In addition, high winds can force the French patio doors closed if you accidentally leave them open during bad weather, which may break or crack the glass. 

Installing an awning or patio cover over the entrance of the doors protects them from rain and snow damage by drawing water away from the home. When you install the covering, make sure that you place it flush against the home's foundation to keep the area sealed. Rain and melting snow can pass through even a small space between the covering and foundation.

Also, check the area above the doors' entrance for rotting wood, deterioration and insect damage and repair them right away. These problems can affect your new patio doors after installation. 

To protect the French patio doors from unexpected gusts of wind, have your contractor install door stops and heavy-duty pneumatic door closers on the doors. The parts work well for all types of doors that lead to the outdoors but can also keep your French patio doors from slamming shut when strong winds blow against them. Instead of crashing back toward the home during wind gusts, the doors stop and slow down, which keeps the glass intact and safe.

Once you secure your French patio doors, take steps to get rid of the bumpy threshold on the interior side of the entrance.

High Threshold

In order to improve the functions, safety and aesthetics of out-swing French patio doors, contractors generally raise the threshold. A raised threshold also prevents the loss of heat and cool air from the home when you use your air conditioner or furnace. However, a high threshold may create problems if you trip on it as you exit the patio doors. In addition, the raised threshold doesn't blend in easily with the rest of the room's flooring. To stop this issue, install a threshold covering or saddle over the raised area after the installation of your doors.

A threshold covering comes in many styles, colors and materials, but bamboo and other types of natural wood are excellent choices if you already have a natural wood flooring installed in the room leading to the patio. The base of the covering fits securely over the bottom of the threshold, and the top of the covering slides over the threshold. The covering creates a smooth finish that blends in easily with the surrounding flooring.

One thing to note about wooden threshold saddles is care. To avoid scratches and other damages to the wood material, it's a good idea that you seal or coat the wood after installation. 

If you have tile flooring instead of wood, install aluminum and vinyl over the raised threshold. Select a painted or coated product in the same of similar colors or patterns as your flooring to prevent problems with the room's decor and ambiance.

For more information about improving the installation of your out-swing French patio doors, contact a contractor for assistance.


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