French doors can be made out of many materials, but the primary one which is glass does not change. Glass is the primary material used to provide the doors with their characteristic open feel that lets in shafts of light illuminate the living space in which they are set. The material you choose for the frames and trim of your French patio doors to be made from makes several notable differences in the function of your doors. Depending on the material chosen, your doors will either be more or less energy-efficient. Additionally, certain materials require a bit more upkeep than some others, having to be more intently and frequently cleaned, painted or even replaced. Most manufacturers will tend to shy away from using inefficient materials like wood and will instead opt to use vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum.
Milgard primarily uses vinyl for the construction of doors and windows, sometimes fiberglass, and (less frequently) aluminum. All of the materials are chosen carefully for their overall efficiency, high performance and low cost. The material you choose depends almost entirely on what you want your doors to accomplish practically. Whatever material you choose, you certainly won’t have to worry much about the aesthetic effect, as all executions of these materials in Milgard products are expertly crafted to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. With that said, at US Window & Door we have a good variety of options for you to choose from so that you can make the best decision for your home and have as much of a custom look as you like, with as little cost to you as possible. Below are the several style series we offer for our French patio doors, with the benefits of each.
If you want the classic look of a wooden French patio door, but don’t want to deal with the inevitable and easily avoidable upkeep that comes with it, the Tuscany Series is the perfect choice for you. The broad frame lends a more traditional symmetry to your doors and Milgard’s vinyl formula is weatherproof, resists general wear and tear, and is a far superior material to wood. Vinyl doesn’t need to be painted, so these doors won’t incur additional yearly costs of upkeep. Being a poor conductor of heat and cold, vinyl gives an energy-efficient kick to your doors,. Vinyl insulates more effectively than wood or aluminum, and as a result, can help save you money on your heating and cooling bills. All in all, you can’t go wrong with this choice.
Fiberglass is made primarily from glass fibers and resin and is one of the sturdier materials you can choose for the construction of many things. Fiberglass is used in a wide range of applications across industries. It is most commonly known to be used as insulation for attics and crawl spaces, but its fibers can be rearranged and woven into fabrics or, as in this case, used as the framework of an elegant and substantial set of French patio doors. Fiberglass is an excellent, inexpensive and weather-resistant option for the construction of your patio doors. Just like vinyl, it’s low-maintenance, stands up well to weather, has no need to be repainted, and has good insulating properties, making it another excellent energy-efficient choice for your San Diego home.
The classic, warm look, and feel of real wood are unmatched, let alone surpassed, and we are proud to offer this option cost-effectively and efficiently with the Essence Series. Wood has been used for the vast majority of human history as the primary material from which shelter has been constructed, even to the present day, and it is difficult to deny the very visceral and instinctive comfort that real wood provides. Wood inexorably has a homey, inviting look and feel that other materials simply can not live up to. Over time, however, wood deteriorates when exposed to the elements. In some conditions, even just after a few months, your wood frame will start to become weathered. Wood rots when exposed to moisture for extended periods, is susceptible to termite damage, and it warps and swells, thus no longer staying true to the original shape. This can cause issues like drafts, pest entry points, difficulty opening, and closing doors, and improper sealing, letting heat and cold in when you don’t want it and out when you want it in. However, with the proper application, all of these things cease to be an issue. Real wood is used for the interior of your French doors, while the outside is constructed of our sturdy and weather-resistant fiberglass. The Essence Series provides the beautiful, classic look and feel of real wood, paired together with the strength and durability of fiberglass. With this style series, you get the best of both worlds. The fiberglass exterior frame, of course, never needs to be painted, but the wooden interior frame can conceivably be refinished as often as you like, making it the most customizable option Milgard has to offer. For the highest quality and most beautiful option, the Essence Series is undoubtedly the best way to go when choosing the material for your French patio doors.
Hopefully, this information helps you on the path to choosing a truly beautiful set of French patio doors for your home. US Window & Door is ready to help you with a choice that will keep you satisfied for decades to come. Since every installation is custom, we’re happy to provide a quote. Call us today for a free in-home estimate for your arch and radius windows in San Diego.