At some point, homeowners have likely considered investing in French doors for their home. After all, they have a high-end, classic appeal. Apart from that, they can also function as window and door, further adding to their appeal. Curious homeowners do well to ask their window installation contractors about the basics of French doors before installing them.
In this post, Abby Windows and Exteriors discuss everything you need to know about French doors.
The History of French Doors
French doors can actually be traced all the way back to the French Renaissance during the time of the Italian Wars. During the 17th Century, they became even more popular due to the trend of having an open space in affluent homes. This was also a time when architecture valued symmetry, geometry and regularity without sacrificing natural light.
Like every architectural element, French doors first spread to Great Britain and then the United States, where the New York elite would have window companies install them in their homes and convert them into stained-glass windows with animal and floral motifs. While homeowners often think there is a difference between French doors and patio doors, there actually isn’t. In fact, the term “French doors” is simply real estate vocabulary in order to impress potential buyers.
The Benefits of French Doors
As it turns out, French doors actually boast many benefits for the homeowner and surprisingly enough, one of these benefits is security. While most would assume that French doors can reduce your home’s overall security, they can actually be customized to have security locks built in. Energy efficiency is another perk that homeowners can get in a French door; French doors can actually help you reduce your heating costs thanks to the natural light and heat it allows into your home. They’re also surprisingly durable despite being made of glass so you won’t have to worry too much about replacing them every few years.
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