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French or Sliding Glass: Which Patio Door Works Best for Your Space?
Monday, April 3, 2017


After several months of very odd weather, we are all ready for the season to change.  With winter on its way thoughts are turning to sunshiny days and warm evenings spent outdoors enjoying the yard and patio. What better time to start thinking about updating your entryway to bring some of that outside light in?


While there are many types of patio doors, the two most commonly used to let in all that natural light are French doors (a.k.a. swinging or hinged patio doors) and sliding glass doors.  Both can be beautiful additions to your home, depending on your needs and design preferences.  Let’s look at the some of the things that you should consider when choosing which is right for you:


·       Space – French doors take up more space because the swing inward when you open them.  Sliding glass doors move laterally along a track and so require no extra space for opening.


·       Access – Sliding glass doors allow only a single door’s width of access whereas French doors offer nearly twice the width of sliding glass doors allowing you to move large object in and out of the space.


·       Energy Efficiency – While it is an added convenience that sliding glass doors can be installed with screens allowing you to leave the door open to catch a breeze without the worry of unwanted pests, they are also less energy efficient.  French doors, which are designed with a frame that allows weather proofing, typically get a better rating in this area.


·       Safety –French doors are a definite safety improvement over sliding glass doors. Whereas French doors can be outfitted with all manner of locking mechanisms, sliding glass doors cannot and because by design they sit on tracks/rollers they can easily be pried open or popped out from the outside with minimum effort using every day tools.


·       Expense – Sliding doors are generally less expensive than French doors allowing you to access the access the yard/patio and still stay within a budget.  However, French doors, typically a costlier option, do give you that energy efficiency we talked about earlier.  This is going to save you money in the long run on your energy bills.


·       Design – Probably one of the most compelling reasons for French doors over sliding glass is the aesthetic benefit.  While sliding glass doors will likely work better in a sleek and modern design, French doors lend an elegance and charm that sliders just don’t have.  And there are a lot more options as regards color and style with French doors.  Fortunately, there are door manufacturers who are now offering French sliding doors combining the look of French doors with the space saving function of a sliding door.  The best of both worlds!


Still not sure which suits you and your home the best?  Call us today to schedule a free on-site consultation and let the experts at Midwest Property Pros help you figure out the best patio door option for you and your home.  



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