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Forum topic by NewfieDan posted 02-02-2013 01:06 PM 1235 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2013 01:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: doors outdoor question

Last year I built a gazebo. The ceiling is vaulted, with the outside edge starting at 10ft and vaulting form there. The whole gazebo is finished. Even to the point of having custom made vinyl windows to keep out wind and rain. All of the railing are made with safety glass that has a light tint, for weather resistance and some privacy.

My issue is the door. The door also has a vinyl door that has to be rolled up to get in. Right now there is also a pair of baby gates to keep the local cats form getting in. This makes it awkward to use at best, at worst it’s a royal pain. My second thought was to build a set of doors similar to a cabinet door but instead of a recessed flat panel I would use safety glass to keep the visibility. This would match the glass I already have for the railings. But using glass this way also has its issues, mostly breakage. Would I be better off using something like UV rated plexiglass?

I am looking at making a set of doors for it. My initial thought was to make louvred doors but this is something I have never done before. Due to the layout of the support posts the doors have to be out swing. The door opening is 10ft high by 66in wide. I don’t need the full height to be closed in.

Does anyone out there have any other suggestion to make these doors?

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 01:18 PM

I would think looking on CL for a used pair of french doors would be the way to go. Either that or a full glass storm door with side lights you may have to have custom built by the window company.

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 02:11 AM

The gazebo isn’t finished to the point where I can put in a storm door. Basically only the ceiling is finished. The 6X6 posts holding up the ceiling are still accessible. Because the gazebo is an elongated octagon the posts are angled in relation to one another. I don’t think a regular door would work, not with out some very time consuming and very custom spacers, keeping the spacers in place with he kinds of wind we have here sometimes would be really difficult.

So I will need to have a door that can be trimmed to suit the angle of the posts to mount the hinges. I also want a door that can be used for ventilation during the war summer days. That was one of the reasons why I was thinking of a louvred door. It will stop most of the wind (depending on louvre spacing) but still allow some air flow.

That is Al’s why I had the viny panels made. So they can be rolled up on a warm day.

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