Which is Better: Sliding or French Patio Doors?

Are your home’s patio doors drafty or difficult to open and close? Is the finish failing and they are detracting from the look inside or outside your home. Replacing your home’s old patio doors can improve your home’s energy efficiency, your comfort and your home’s curb appeal and staging, thus making your home more valuable. Choosing the right style of patio door for your home and your lifestyle is an important decision you shouldn’t take lightly.

When you buy doors from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro, you’ll have your choice of three doors: contemporary sliding, traditional hinged French and sliding French. Knowing the difference between each door style, as well as the advantages and disadvantages, can help you make the right choice. In this article, we’ll focus on the two main types, sliding and hinged French doors.

Contemporary Sliding (or Gliding) Patio Doors

Contemporary sliding patio doors are most easily recognized as a wide open panel that provides a beautiful view of the outside. They have very narrow frames which means more glass area to enable more natural light to flow into the house and provide full views of your yard.

Sliding patio doors operate on a sliding track, much like sliding windows. They’re very space efficient because they require no space for opening on hinges. This enables you to put furniture anywhere indoors our out, without worrying that they will interfere with the swing of the door. In a crowded living room or in a small home office, sliding patio doors are the easiest way to provide access to the your patio, deck and yard.

Style is also an important factor. Homeowners with contemporary style homes often prefer contemporary style doors because of their clean, minimalist appearance.

Hinged French Doors

French doors come in two types: hinged and sliding. Hinged French doors operate like the traditional doors you likely have throughout your house, unlike sliding French doors that look like a hinged door, but slide on a track.

French doors have more conventional frames that are thicker and look like more traditional wood framed doors than the contemporary sliding doors mentioned above.

Both types of doors can have a number of different and distinctive grille patterns to match your home style and add a little traditional flair and beauty.

Making Your Final Decision

Making a final decision can be challenging, especially if you like both styles. Some suggestions that will help:

  • See examples of each door type in a showroom. This will help you envision what the types of doors will look like in your own home.
  • Consider your floor plan. If you love the look of French Doors, but the “swing” of the door will interfere with where you need to put furniture, consider a French Sliding Patio Door.
  • Get quotes for each type of door to see if there’s a difference – and if so, decide which one is worthwhile based on cost.
  • Work with other members of your household to weigh the pros and cons of each door type for your home.

Most important of all is to install patio doors that are high-quality, long-lasting and durable. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro sells patio doors with its exclusive Fibrex composite material or a glass fiber reinforced composite exterior for durability and minimal maintenance.

Install New Patio Doors this Summer

Start off your summer with beautiful new patio doors that make your home beautiful, functional and more valuable. To find out more about installing patio doors from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro, call the toll-free number today at 1-888-826-245 or fill out the short form on this page.


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