How to keep patio doors open?

Modern patio doors are fast becoming the top choice to enable a closer connection with the home and the garden. These days, modern family living is all about open plan. Living, dining and kitchen spaces merged into one, with members of the family spending time together.  A flowing connecting interior has become ubiquitous and beloved. What completes this picture is beautifully crafted patio doors that open straight out onto the garden, creating indoor outdoor living at its best.

Our customers believe the best way to improve your quality of life at home is to add some space, style and practicality. Take this from us, nothing does this better than a bespoke PVC-U or Aluminium patio door. Patio doors connect your home to the outdoors, they flood your home with natural light and will allow you easily access your garden.

But on those sultry summer days when you want to keep the doors completely open, how is this achievable?

The answer depends on the type of patio door you decide upon. In this article we’ll look at the two most popular patio door options and how you can ensure the patio door stays open when you need it.

Sliding doors

As the name suggests, sliding patio doors slide open. When they’re open, the glass panes stack neatly, one behind the other so they don’t take up valuable space inside and or outside.   The design of a sliding patio door means they can’t be be moved or slammed shut by the wind which can be an issue with French Patio Doors. 

Each door sits on hi-tech rollers and uses a lift and slide mechanism on either a double to triple track system. This allows each door to slide perfectly and effortlessly along the track, stopping at the point where you want the door to be open too.  Ideal for opening up the home and garden but equally suitable for an adjoining room for open-plan living.

The structure of the sliding patio allows the door to stay open at various stages so you are in control. But for customers looking for a secure locked opening, then we would recommend using third-party hardware allowing you to leave any door partially open but locked.  There are various options on the market.

French Patio Doors

French Patio Doors are a design classic and make a stylish but practical addition to any home.

French Patio Doors are two glazed doors that sit side by side. When they’re closed, they provide an expansive view of the outside and help let plenty of light in. When they’re open, they create a generous exit and create a lovely airy feel in a room. 

But how do you keep the French Patio Doors open on a warm summer’s day?   When choosing French Patio Doors, it is important to be sure that your doors have 180-degree hinges which will ensure the doors are secured in the open position using third party cabin hooks against the outside wall.   Other doors sometimes manufacture with 90-degree restrictor hinges which will prevent the ability to open the doors fully and secure them in place as described.

No matter what style of patio door you choose, the most important decision is to choose the right doors from the start to suit your needs.    

Here at Genesis all our UPVC and Aluminium patio doors are fitted with multi-point locking systems as standard making them extremely secure. So, on top of style and practicality, you also get peace of mind that your home is safe too. Our doors are also highly energy efficient. You’ll soon feel the benefit from a warmer, safer home!

In the Collection we have the UPVC Genesis Patio24 sliding patio doors which are the perfect match for our Genesis Flush Windows and create a beautifully authentic timber appearance. We also have the aluminium Genesis Warmcore Patio Doors. Our aluminium patio door systems are 25% more thermally efficient than traditional aluminium patio door systems. They also offer the stunning, streamlined style you expect from an aluminium patio door system.

We also offer a selection of beautifully crafted French patio doors. For more information on our French doors, visit our sister company’s website, Bison Frames UK Ltd. And to speak to your nearest Genesis Registered Installer about Sliding Patio or French patio doors for your home, just click or tap the ‘Find Local Installers’ button at the top of this page and enter your postcode to get their details.