Patio doors are a great addition to any home. But with any home improvement project, you’ve got options. The most popular options for patios are sliding doors, followed by french doors. They both allow you to quickly and easily reach the outside of your home without impacting your home’s energy efficiency. The style of your home will undoubtedly impact your choice between sliding and french doors. Continue reading this blog to learn more about how sliding patio doors and french doors compare.
Style and Look
Sliding doors are the more common door used for patios today for their ease of use and modern look. French doors provide a more classic look if you’ve got an older looking home. The doors open outward on french doors, and they often look more like windows than doors. Sliding doors do as their name suggests and just slide conveniently out of the way when open. Sliding doors offer a more clear view of the outdoors without multiple panes obstructing the view.
Natural Light and Ventilation
When it comes to light entering your home, sliding doors and french doors offer a similar amount of light admission. The mullions of french doors will interrupt your view a bit. Sliding doors typically offer one large single pane. Sliding doors come with a screen typically, so they’re able to offer superior ventilation without letting insects into your home. They’re much more convenient for hosting parties and guests at your home compared to french doors. You can take advantage of a summer breeze or enjoy a cool morning without having to worry about your pets escaping with sliding patio doors.
Not unlike other parts of your home, your patio doors require maintenance as well. On the one hand, the hinges of french doors make them more foolproof than sliding doors in terms of hardware. The sliding component of a sliding door will eventually wear down as all things do and require some replacement parts. It takes thousands and thousands of times to open and close it before it’s time for a new one. It’s more likely that a pet or child will damage your screen. When it comes to maintenance for french doors, you need to make sure that the trim around the doors looks neat, the hinges are intact, and the door itself is in good condition. Wood doors will require repainting every few years, but there are vinyl options available for homeowners as well.
The patio door that you select depends on the home you’ve got and how much space you have to offer. Remember, french doors open outwardly and can take up some space if you’ve got a small area to work with. We recommend sliding doors overall. They’re more versatile for homeowners with yards of all sizes.