French doors, also sometimes called French windows, are a staple of traditional homes. Exudeing a timeless, historic aesthetic, they come in pairs and are hinged to swing either inward or outward. Made of glass panels in multiple frames, they are often used to provide a seamless connection between two interior rooms or as a portal to a deck, patio, balcony or any outdoor living area.
In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia, your local source of NJ replacement windows and patio doors, discusses the origins of French doors.
Influenced by the Renaissance
Influenced by the Italian Renaissance, the French door design originated in France and became popular in the 16th century. The doors were designed to fulfill a practical purpose: to allow light into the home. They adhered to iconic design principles from this era—symmetry, proportion, geometry and regularity.
Eventually, French doors and windows evolved to resemble two operable doors made from wrought iron or timber frames combined with small panes of glass. This design upheld the security of the unit even if the glass was broken. This distinct “look” of French doors remains intact in the present day, with modern patio doors being sturdier and more beautiful than ever.
Advantages of French Doors
French doors require floor space to open, which means they might not be the most ideal option for small spaces. That said, their ability to swing fully open provides excellent ventilation and creates easy access to the outdoors.
Investing in French doors will enhance the beauty and functionality of your home. You’ll not only enjoy more natural light indoors, but your home will feel more open and spacious as well.
Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia for your patio door and window replacement needs. Call us at (610) 813-6777 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve homeowners in Philadelphia, PA, and nearby areas in NJ.