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Knowing Your Options: A Quick Guide to French Doors

When talking about home improvement and updates, French doors always make it to the list of top items worth considering. Why? The first thing anyone will tell you is that it’s because they are beautiful. And they are, thanks to a timeless, elegant design that complements a wide range of architectural styles. But is beauty all that a French door can offer? This quick guide is here to help you get to know the door type better and see what it can do for you.

French Doors: What They Are

French doors are characterized by a lot of glass in the form of smaller panels called lites. They are also referred to as French windows because they were originally designed to be oversized windows offering access to balconies. Glass is fragile so muntins were put in place to add structural integrity. The overall structure is reinforced by mullions to further add strength to the door. French doors also typically come in pairs and are hinged, designed to either swing in or out.

Where do French doors get their name? Back in the 17th century, the French took Renaissance outworks and adopted their style, highlighting proportion, symmetry, and light. This resulted in French windows, which then evolved into French doors.

Benefits of Installing French Doors in Your Home

What do you get out of installing French doors?

Iconic and eye-catching, French doors can drastically enhance the look of your home. However, they also make great additions because of the high level of functionality they can bring to your property, striking the perfect balance between form and function. To learn more about how you can make the most out of them in your property, don’t hesitate to consult a professional today.


Author Bio:

Mark Chaikin is part of the professional team of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia-DC. Originally known The Window Place, the company was started by Mark’s father, Martin, out of their family home’s basement in 1958. Mark joined the business in 1974 and has since then been providing outstanding service to customers in the area. Needless to say, the family business has outgrown their basement. For updates from Mark, check out the company blog!


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