My Mrs keeps on going on about hinded "French" style doors.
My concerns are:
If it's at all windy, how go you stop them blowing about other than by
having them fully open and tied to stops?
Quite often we just want to "crack" the patio door to let a bit of fresh air
in, not quite so easy with hinge!
Still interested to hear other users' comments
I have two tilt and slide doors on the rear south face of my house. One is
Rehau which allows the door to be locked in the tilt position - the other is
a Nova (Manchester) made unit, with internal and external locking and
handles but only 'kind of' allows locking in the tilt position..
The Rehau units are better quality in my opinion.
Ideally, if doing it again, I would see if Rehau do tilt and slide doors,
with internal and external handles and locking, AND able to be locked in the
Why is this my preference. There is significant opportunist crime, where
people leave doors and windows open during hot weather. With the lockable
tilt and slide, you can get the ventilation, without the concern of leaving
the door unattended. My friends house was recently robbed, via an rear
door, whilst the family were about the house, indeed the young son saw the
chap enter the house and was on his way towards the house to raise the alarm
when confronted by the departing thief (with wallet and mobile phone).
Having internal and external access to the locking mechanism, means you can
lock the door in the tilted position, whilst out in the garden.
I prefer hinged on the basis that it allows a greater 'openable area'.
Also, given our patio doors take the function of our 'back door' I'm of
the impression that a hinged door is easier to (regularly) open/close
than a sliding type... although perhaps I've only ever experienced
sliding doors with dodgy runners!
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