French doors, are classic, timeless fixtures inside homes that have a history that dates back to a time where France was yet to be powered by electricity.
Woodbridge Home Exteriors, your local source of exterior doors and siding, provides you a quick history lesson on French doors and why they are called such.
About French Doors
French doors are usually double doors with glass panels throughout their length and are often separated by numerous smaller frames. Known for their stylish appeal and considered one of the most popular door types used in homes, they weren’t always deemed as such. In fact, their origins can be traced back to their original form and use.
Back to the Renaissance
Prior to them becoming patio doors, they were once known as French windows. They were conceived largely because of the influence of the Renaissance. The original designs of these fixtures leaned heavily on symmetry, regularity, geometry and proportion, all of which comprised 17th-century art.
These qualities emphasized the use of natural light, which led to the window incorporating glass panes. Windows and doors back then blocked it out. The French window then evolved, making it larger until it resembled two operable doors. After all, electricity is yet to be introduced during that time, which means every second of lighting mattered.
Today’s French Doors
Fast forward to today, we have French doors that are better, sturdier and more beautiful than ever. They are either used as main entry doors or as something that seamlessly connects indoors with the patio or deck. Modern manufacturing advances and high-quality products have also made it possible for them to ensure energy efficiency.
At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, our patio doors provide an unobstructed view of your yard or patio while feeling safe, secure and comfortable. Ours are precision engineered for superior durability, with heavy-duty vinyl frames and steel-reinforced door panels.