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Tips For Those Considering Installing French Doors

by Clinton Stone

French doors can be an excellent option for homeowners that want doors that provide an excellent view the yard or garden. Unfortunately, there are any people that lack the experience needed to make informed choices when it comes to getting the most from the investment of installing these doors. If you have limited experience with these doors but want to install them in your home, you should use the following tips to ensure that you get the most from this upgrade.

Opt For Door With Insulated Glass Windows

It can be easy to overlook the effects that windows can have on the energy efficiency of your home. However, they can easily allow the sun to convectively heat the interior of the house. This can be particularly problematic for those that live in particularly hot areas or lack ample shade around these doors. To help minimize this source of energy efficiency, you should pay special attention to the type of glass that you have installed in these doors.

By opting for insulated windows, you can help to minimize any heat gain or loss that occurs through the glass of your French doors. This type of window will usually be dual paned with an insulating gas between the panes of glass. There is little arguing that this type of window will be more expensive than traditional ones, but this may be a worthwhile investment for both the energy efficiency and comfort of your house.

Have A UV Protective Film Applied To The Glass

The ample sunlight that these doors can let into your home may have a damaging effect on your floors and any furniture that is in the path of the sunlight for prolonged periods of time. This occurs because the sun's ultraviolet rays of light can have a bleaching effect on these materials.

Luckily, this can be a fairly simple problem to mitigate. In particular, you can apply a UV reflective film to the windows. This film will prevent these rays of light from entering your house without compromising your view outside or the visible light that is let into the house. When cleaning windows that have this film, you will want to make sure to use a duster or dry cloth. If you get the film excessively wet, it may start to peel away or develop air pockets. Once this damage has occurred, the only way to repair it will be to apply a new film to the glass.