Patio doors, often known as sliding patio doors, have become a popular choice with consumers since they were first introduced to British homes during the pre-war era at the start of the 20th Century.
Put simply, sliding patio doors sit neatly within the frame and do not project outwards or inwards like a hinge door. The versatility of a sliding patio doors is an attractive proposition as they can be used on the rear of a home to simply blur the line between the home and garden. And are equally at home as an internal room divider too.
The stand out feature of any patio door is the enhanced natural light they deliver. While, of course, the primary purpose of the patio door is to allow the homeowner to enter and exit their property easily, the majority of doors feature large floor to ceiling panes of glass which are ideal for allowing natural light to pour into your home.
Quite simply patio doors can transform a living space – but it’s important to choose good quality patio doors if you want to enjoy all the benefits they can bring.
So, when it comes to good quality patio doors what should you look for?
We think there are four key areas you should pay particular attention to – the looks, the security, the energy efficiency and the details. In this post, we’ll look at each of these in turn.
The looks of good quality patio doors
Your patio doors will be a big feature in your room, so it’s important to choose ones that not only look good but have the ability to either suite in with your surroundings, or stand out as a design feature.
For example, our UPVC Genesis Patio24 features Graf-welded sashes that give a high quality and seamless engineered timber aesthetics. They are available in a wide range of colours, so you can choose the perfect shade for your home and sleek modern door handles complete the look.
Our aluminium Genesis WarmCore inline patio doors have large glazed sashes that let natural light flood into your home and are suitable for wider apertures. They offer clean lines and a flush finish which produces a stunning designer style that only aluminium offers.
Patio door security
Let’s face it, you’ll want your patio doors to offer superb security to keep your home and loved ones safe. Good quality patio doors will have several features that will give you the peace of mind you need.
Our UPVC Genesis Patio24 has high security locking systems that include multi-point hooks and locks with anti-lift as standard. The result is a door that is PAS24 enhanced security compliant, the benchmark in enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK.
Our aluminium Genesis WarmCore inline patio doors are fitted with a high security ‘Anti-Snap’ and ‘Anti-Bump’ Yale Platinum 3 Star cylinder, which is designed to provide maximum security against known cylinder attack methods. Like the UPVC Genesis Patio24, it is PAS24 enhanced security compliant.
The energy efficiency of good quality patio doors
It will be important to think about the energy efficiency of your patio doors – you don’t want to lose heat in the winter or struggle to keep the room cool in the summer.
Our UPVC doors easily achieves a thermal Doorset Energy Rating of ‘A’, the most efficient level possible. To protect you from all the elements, it also achieves Class A4 air permeability, Class E8A water permeability and – to keep out the draughts – Class A3 wind resistance.
Our aluminium WarmCore patio doors also offer outstanding energy efficiency too. If you choose a double-glazed version, you’ll enjoy doors with a U Value of 1.4 W/m²K and if you opt for triple-glazed, it’s even better – 1.0 W/m²K.
Take time to check the details of your patio door – attention to detail on the little things can reassure you that you’re choosing a good quality option.
For example, unlike traditional patio doors, our UPVC Genesis Patio24 is available in two, three and four-pane configurations for maximum versatility. It also uses a best-in-class stainless steel roller system that glides effortlessly from day one, and continues to do so throughout its lifespan.
And each sash on our aluminium Genesis WarmCore inline patio doors runs on 10 self-levelling rollers to give you ultra-smooth, reliable performance. There is also the option of safety brakes to prevent trapped fingers and unintentional slamming.
As you will have realised, if you are looking for good quality patio doors, the Genesis Collection patio doors have the answers. To get in touch with your local installer, click on the ‘Find Local Installers’ button at the top of this page and enter your postcode.