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Traditional or Modern: Which Patio Door Style Suits You?

French and sliding patio doors both offer numerous advantages and each can add value to a particular home. In general, French doors go well with traditional architectural styles, while sliding patio doors are well suited to homes with modern aesthetics.

In this post, trusted window company Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio discusses the benefits of each of these patio door styles.

Advantages of French Doors

French doors are also sometimes referred to as hinged patio doors. They swing open on a hinge, like most doors in your home, providing smooth and easy operation. French doors are also highly energy-efficient. They can be custom-designed by window contractors to fit the specific requirements of your home, allowing you to maximize your energy savings. One of the most popular features of French doors is their timeless style, which gives a sense of elegance and sophistication to any home.

Advantages of Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors glide along a track to open. They are known for their smooth operation, which is ideal for seniors or people with limited mobility. They often come with large panes of glass too, making them a great option if you’re looking to increase natural lighting in your home.

Sliding patio doors usually have a screen door. This enables you to let the breeze in without worrying about insects. Much like French doors, sliding patio doors can be designed to meet specific energy-efficient requirements. They are also a good choice for homes with limited space, since they don’t require any floor space to open.

Renewal by Andersen of San Antonio is a local provider of replacement windows and doors. With many years of experience in the industry, we can guarantee top-notch workmanship. Call us at (210) 988-6466 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in San Antonio, TX.


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