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SIMPSON DOOR CO.: FRENCH DOORS NO LONGER JUST FOR THE PATIO

 MCCLEARY, Wash., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ The following was released today by Simpson Door Co.:
 Looking for a new way to make a room feel more open? Wanting something that will add character and interest to your home? Perhaps you should consider French doors. Once relegated to the patio, they now are beginning to show their versatility. Simpson Door Co., one of the country's leading door manufacturers, offers the following suggestions for taking advantage of the latest developments in French door design.
 1. Know your design options.
 Though somewhat loosely defined, the French door is usually thought of as several panes of glass in rows divided and framed by wooden bars. While that may be the common configuration, today there are all kinds of variations to suit a wide range of tastes and styles. For example, some doors have just a single pane of glass. Some feature etched grooves that reflect light. For privacy, there's sandblasted glass. Brass bars and leaded glass can add elegance and distinction. So before you settle for the standard classic, do some research. You might find a door that better suits the character of your home.
 2. Take it inside.
 Who says French doors have to lead to a deck or patio? They also make excellent room dividers. Not only are they attractive, they also allow light to pass through, creating a more open feel. And they can create a sound barrier without actually making a room feel closed off from the rest of the house. A few places to consider French doors would be between a living room and dining room, or as an entrance to a study or den. Many people are also using French doors as front doors to brighten the entry way.
 3. Save your energy.
 With all that glass, you might not think that a French door could be very energy efficient. However, modern technology has overcome the drawbacks of the past. If you're planning on using a French door in an exterior application, be sure to look for a door that utilizes insulated glass, perhaps with argon gas between panes. Low emmissivity (or Low "E") coatings on the glass can also greatly improve the thermal performance of your exterior openings. If it will be exposed to bright sunlight in the summer, bronzed or tinted glass can help you keep out some of the unwanted heat.
 Once you're familiar with the options in French doors, you'll discover an infinite variety of ways to enhance the value and appearance of your home. For a free catalog containing numerous French and wood panel door designs, call 800-952-4057.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Free photo to accompany this story is available immediately to any media with telephoto receiver or electronic darkroom (PC or Macintosh) that can accept overhead transmissions. To retrieve a photo, please call 214-416-3686/
 /CONTACT: Jeff Peabody of Brandner Communications, 206-946-5115, for Simpson Door Co./


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