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When it comes to doors, few options can come close to the
beauty of the French door. Despite being introduced as early as the 17th
century, it remains one of the most popular types of exterior doors today. A French door is commonly used as the primary entry
door to a home, but did you know that it can also be used as a secondary entry
door for your patio? This is all thanks to a
construction that imparts incredible versatility to the door.

What makes a French door versatile?

Because it typically features transparent panels (also known
as lites), a French door provides a good view of both sides of an entryway,
meaning it can act as a physical divider to separate indoor and outdoor areas
in your home while still seamlessly connecting them. A
number of material options are also available to you. Pick out the right one
and you not only match your French door to your home but give your exteriors a
boost as well.`

Not just for show

Of course, a French door’s versatility doesn’t come from its
looks alone. As an exterior door, it can let
plenty of natural light in, helping improve your home’s overall energy
efficiency by letting you take advantage of
daylighting. Add multi-pane glass to a
French door and you can further reduce energy consumption in your home as it helps improve overall insulation, which keeps heating
and cooling needs stable. It also doesn’t hurt that multi-pane glass can offer
great noise reduction, making it ideal for homes
along busy streets. Want more privacy? Consider breaking up glass areas with
grilles or have window treatments like curtains installed.

Built differently

Because conditions inside a home can be different from the
outside, an exterior French door may have a few features not found in most
interior doors. For example, an exterior French door
will put more premium on withstanding the elements and other outdoor threats so
it will focus on using heavy-duty materials and protective coating. Keep in
mind that size will also dictate how well a
French door will function as an exterior door. To ensure that it can accommodate all traffic, an exterior French door
must be big enough. Don’t forget to ensure as well that your French door has
enough space and clearance around it for proper operation.

Take advantage of professional work          

French doors can offer you a lot
as exterior doors but you also have to first ensure that you pick the right one
for your home and that they are installed right before you can reap their
benefits, utilizing manufacturer warranties included. Should you have any
questions or concerns regarding using French doors as entry doors for your
home, don’t hesitate to talk to a local contractor to get the assistance you
require. Professionals have the skills and experience you need to help you find
the right French door for you so you’ll be in good hands.