Door installation is an important home improvement project that can meaningfully improve your home’s beauty and functionality. When it comes to patio doors, you have two primary choices: French doors and sliding doors. Read on as we discuss the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision:
Q: How Are They Different?
A: French doors swing open on hinges, while sliding doors glide open on a track. Traditional French doors are hinged, meaning they must be opened by swinging inwards or outwards. Meanwhile, sliding doors glide to the side and out of the way. This means they only need a wide enough space to move along the wall; they don’t require any floor space to operate.
Q: Which Style Is More Decorative?
A: French doors are more elaborate, while sliding doors are more simplistic.
While sliding doors can be decorative, they are more minimalist in design. They feature wide, unobstructed glass and offer panoramic views of the outdoors. French doors, on the other hand, have more architectural flair. You can choose various grilles and finishes to customize your door.
Q: Which Takes Up More Space
A: Sliding doors typically allow more walk-through space because of how they operate. French doors, like a hinged entry door, needs more floor space to operate because it swings to open. Even a small door needs a wide arch for full movement. Meanwhile, a sliding door only needs a large enough wall to slide open; it doesn’t take up any floor space.
Q: Which Will Work Better in My House?
A: Ultimately, that depends on your priorities in terms of both design and functionality. As a general rule of thumb, traditional French doors look more at home in traditional houses, while sliding doors are more common in modern-style homes.
Renewal by Andersen defies the limits, however, by giving you the option of a sliding French door. This innovative door gives you the design of a French door with the operational convenience of a sliding door. This means you get the best of both worlds in one installation.
To learn more about our doors and customization options, call Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio today at (210) 319-7119. We work with homeowners in the San Antonio area and other parts of Texas.