Living Comfortably with Large Glazed Doors

You’ve got the perfect view beyond your walls and all you need is the frame to enjoy it. There are many Folding, Sliding and French doors available on the market that can provide this frame but will they allow you to live comfortably all year round?

Until now, when installing large glazed doors, there has always been some degree of compromise. While they maximize views, provide fresh air and create a sense of space, coping with insects, harsh sunlight, loss of privacy, and variable room temperatures, is an unpleasant experience.

When assessing options, consider the purpose and position of the room. Is your panoramic door overlooked by neighbours? Is your sunny, south-facing room at risk of fading the furnishings or creating hothouse conditions?

Insects

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Whether you live close to water, fields, or even in the city, you're at the mercy of mosquitoes, flies and moths. There are many types of insect screens on the market, including stacking or pleated systems, and though they may prove effective, by not fully retracting they will interfere with your view.

Privacy

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While curtains or blinds are the traditional solution to stop people seeing into your home, they have a number of downsides, including the large amount of material needed to cover wide expanses of glass. This increases cost but more importantly, the consequential bulk detracts from the clean interior design lines of your architecture.

Venetian blinds installed between the glazing can be a neater solution but are not easily maintained, have size limitations and do not always provide a total light block. The same applies to roller blinds and if your doors are in constant use, you have to raise them each time enter or exit. Vertical blinds rarely provide a total blackout solution and their stacking position also needs consideration.

Heat gain and loss

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Modern double and triple glazing has done much to reduce issues with heat gain and loss through large glazed doors, however door coverings are still an important consideration. Solutions like roller blinds, Roman shades or curtains do not completely seal around the frame of the doors therefore allowing heat to escape or enter.

Finally, to minimise visual distractions between you and the view, consider the locks, handles, hinges, and framing components that make up the doors. Also, if you're regularly opening and closing them you'll want a system that's durable and easy to operate.

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Considering all these requirements before you begin to build or renovate allows you to look at products which integrate these options within the door so you can enjoy the space for many years to come.

Centor believes in connecting people to the world outside without the compromises. Four years ago, it launched the world's first Integrated Doors, with built-in screens and shades to control insects, sunlight and privacy, which retract completely into the doorframe when not in use. The hinges, locks and handles, which provide smooth operation and security, are all concealed within the slim sight lines to further minimise visual distractions. These award-winning doors are available in Folding, Sliding, French and Single options.

Experience Centor Integrated Doors for yourself on stand B190.