As the interior designing has evolved over a period of time, glass doors have become very prominent. They bring a certain amount of classiness to the interiors of a place and they are almost a norm for any office space that wants to make a statement. Apart from the style and visual appeal they bring, some of the advantages of glass doors are:
Save a lot of space as they do not need the same space required to fit the traditional wooden doors. The glass doors are thinner than wooden floors
With glass doors, you do not have to worry about decay, termites and certain weather-related damage to the doors.
Glass doors have the good acoustic separation that reduces background noise. This is something wooden doors cannot do.
These are many other benefits to having glass doors instead of wooden doors.
Now, how are glass doors fixed? They do not have frames alike to wooden doors. The glass doors can be held to the frames using fitting tools called patch fittings.
Patch fittings come in different variants like bottom door fittings, door pivots, side fittings, etc.
What are the Patch Fittings?
Patch fittings are the hardware tools that are used to fix glass doors to their frames for solidity and easy movements. They are a form of fixings to put together toughened glass doors and the frames together. A glass door comes constitute mainly two components – toughened glass door, and the hardware used to fix to the glass.
The toughened glass door is the main part of the door. The patch fittings are hardware to fix the door into the frame and other accessories that are attached to the door.
Patch fittings are tempered glass assemblies that allow you to fix anything to the glass door. If you have a glass door with a frame, the glass comes with holes that allow you to fix the patch fittings. If it is a frameless door, the patch fittings are fixed to it to attach any hardware.
Some examples of patch fittings are the top patch fitting and bottom patch fitting. The top patch fitting is used to fix the upper part of the glass door that faces the roof. The bottom patch fitting is used to fix the lower part of the door that faces the ground. Pivot patches are fixed to the glass door corner that makes the movements like opening and closing the door easy. The top pivot patch fitting is fixed to the top corner of the door which makes it pivot whenever the door is opened or closed.
Transom closer patch fittings are used to fix a transom closer – also called door closer – fix to a glass door. Over-panel patches are used to join two patches of a door together with a patch fitting. Top patch for over side panel are the patch fittings that are used to fix the top panel of the glass door.
Wall mounted over panel patch with pivot will allow a glass door to be mounted to the wall along with a possibility of the pivot. Central locks can also be fixed to the glass doors using the patch fittings.
Advantages of using patch fittings
They protect the glass from any breakages while the door is being operated. The patch fittings will ensure that no visible hardware is seen as all the fixing materials are usually placed behind the doors. The patch fittings are designed for toughened glass which makes them easy to mount and fix it to the glass.
Patch fittings are also available in universal sizes which can be used with varying levels of glass door thickness. Since they are made of high-quality material, the patch fittings can hold heavy load glass and hence are secure.
The patch fittings also lets you fit any kind of accessories to the glass door easily. You can fix the door knobs, door hinges, lock and handles to the glass doors. Since they are designed to fix to the toughed glass, they are safe to use and are durable.
How to choose the right patch fittings for your glass doors?
With so many varieties of patch fittings available, it could be difficult to select the right one. The interior designing techniques and ideas have also improved a lot which are bringing a wide range of glass doors. There are some points you need to keep in mind while buying the patch fittings.
Ensure that they are made of good quality material that can hold the glass door weights properly. Stainless steel patch fittings can be a good option to consider. Aluminum is another material that can make good patch sittings that are of tougher make. If you are purchasing the door hinges, they should have longer screws and are of strong quality.
Buy patch fittings that are easy to fit and install. Instead of purchasing the entire set of patch fittings, check the build quality, instruction manuals and samples to see how good the patch fittings are.
If you are fixing a central lock to your glass door with the help of patch fitting, make sure that the fitting is strong enough. A longer screw and tougher material should be your important considerations while choosing a central lock fixing hardware.
While fixing the patch fittings and also the glass door, always rely on professionals who have experience in glass fitting. An improperly installed glass door and the fittings can be a problem down the line. Purchase patch fittings that require minimum maintenance, and this always depends on the build quality and the materials used to make them.
Patch fittings are a versatile set of hardware that makes setting up glass doors very easy. They not only fix the glass door firmly, but also add aesthetic value to the interiors. It has now become very popular to use glass doors in office spaces and also residential places. A very well designed glass door brings a great sense of style to the place. Choosing appropriate patch fittings is as important as choosing the right glass door and design.
To summarize, invest in patch fittings that have the good built quality and made of strong materials like stainless steel or aluminum. For all the patch fittings that are drilled to the glass such as locks, hinges or transom fixes, make sure the screws are long enough to be fixed in the door firmly. Check with the manufacturer and be sure that the patch fittings you are purchasing will be good enough for the thickness of your glass doors. A well-thought investment in patch fittings will ensure less number of repairs or frequent damages.
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