Modern, bright entries are in high demand, and pivot doors are one way to update your home’s first impression. Today’s residential pivot door took a nod from its commercial roots, and not only are they aesthetically beautiful, but the hardware for them allows the pivot door to swing smoothly and effortlessly.
A pivot door is different from a traditional door in that it has a central point or axis which it pivots or turns. A pivot door doesn’t rely on hinges on the left or right side but instead has a single pivot point, axis, that it rotates on. Like a traditional door, a pivot door can open from the left or right side and open outward or inward.
Pivot doors make an architectural statement that will have guests and neighbors talking. The over-sized nature of a pivot door creates a grand entrance that allows tons of natural light to flood your home. Other than aesthetics, another advantage of a pivot door is its stability. Since a pivot door hinges at the bottom on the floor and another hinge on the top of the door, it can be larger than a standard hinged door that is forced to carry its weight in three hinges (traditionally, more if the door is larger) on one side. The lack of hinges is what allows for the over-sized nature of a pivot door. According to our partner WinDoor, “While designed to make an architectural statement, pivot doors also include heavy-duty aluminum frames that provide years of protection, energy efficiency, and durability.”
Some people worry about the wide-open views a pivot door can provide, and they want more privacy. Depending on the manufacturer, homeowners have the option of selecting privacy glass, which will still allow light into the home while not offering clear views into a residence. Some homeowners like to increase the amount of light coming into the home, so they pair pivot doors with sidelights. Adding sidelights (one on either side or a single sidelight) can make a front entrance appear even larger. Pivot doors come in many colors and can create an opportunity to showcase a custom handle or one perfectly designed for it by the manufacturer. And for coastal residents, pivot doors can be built with impact glass or impact insulated glass, ensuring any home is ready for the elements.
A pivot door provides gorgeous views that are also built to perform and protect against the elements. With their low-profile thresholds, pivot doors can truly bring the outdoors inside. A free consultation with All Glass & Windows will assist you in determining whether your home would benefit from a pivot door and what styles would complement your home. Contact us today.