French doors are a stunning design feature that improves your home in many ways. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a traditional or contemporary look, French doors can create a stunning and clean design to fit any home. An entryway to a patio is the perfect location for a set of French doors.
If you already have French patio doors installed, you should look at ways to enhance the look and use of them. You can change up the style, color, and features to fit any area. Here are five ways to enhance your French patio doors.
Improve the Security
There are so many strengths and benefits of having French patio doors, but some can see this as a serious security risk. What most don’t know is that if you have the right door glass, you won’t have to worry about someone breaking through. But, there are a couple other things you can do to give you some more piece of mind. The easiest way to add a sense of security to your French door is by adding a door alarm. There are also various door locks and hinges that can be installed to improve the security. Instead of just having a door lock in the middle of the door, add door latches on the top and bottom for extra security. Other locks added will depend if the doors open outward or inward. For outward-opening doors, you can invest in heavier duty hinges that are tamper proof.
Paint the Doors
A fresh coat of paint make anything look new and updated, and that includes French doors. First you will need to find out what type of surface you are dealing with. Wood and steel surfaces will need to be prepared and painted differently. Clean the old surface, sand it down, tape the outer edges, and apply paint. The color of the paint should match the floor, walls, and outside features to improve the look. If your doors are old and show any wear, this is an easy way to enhance them.
Install Patio Blinds
Adding enclosed blinds to your french patio doors have several benefits. Enclosed blinds are glass panels that have blinds built in-between the glass panes. They create a clean and modern look, do not have to be dusted or cleaned, and you don’t have to worry bout them slamming against the door like traditional blinds. They can fit inside of your existing patio door and are an easy DIY project which can be completed in less than an hour. The blinds give you privacy on demand, but can be completely out of the way to let that sunshine in!
Repair Doors that Won't Close
French doors will sometimes develop problems over time such as not closing properly. Check all screws to make sure they are properly fastened and tighten any that are loose. Also, check to make sure that the door hinges line up. Wooden doors can also expand as they age in certain environments. Doors that expand may start rubbing against the ground or other door. Doors can be removed and sanded down to original size to help with the rubbing. A little TLC will go along way for making your patio doors feel good and easy to use.
Improve the Energy Efficiency
You may realize that your French patio doors are allowing cool air or heat to enter your home. You can improve the energy efficiency of these doors in different ways. Start by sealing the joints of the door frame and replacing weatherstripping on the doors. These are two simple steps to improve the energy efficiency. You can also install an insulating glass film or enclosed blinds to block the sun or allow it in when needed.
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