Hinged vs. Sliding Patio Doors

Hinged vs. Sliding Patio Doors

Hinged doors come in a wide range of styles and colors that can be easily matched to any exterior decor. They’re often the obvious choice in older homes or where there’s simply not enough room for a sliding patio door. 

On the other hand, sliding glass patio doors let in a tremendous amount of natural light, making this style a great option when you want to create a virtually seamless transition between your interior and exterior spaces. 

Whether you’re replacing or upgrading your existing patio doors, there’s a lot to consider. 

Hinged Patio Doors 

A single hinged patio door can be used in areas where wall space is at a premium, making it impossible to install a sliding patio door. This style of door has a distinctly formal look that’s suited to Juliet balconies and master bedrooms, as well as transitions into semi-formal sun rooms. 

You can easily replace a sliding glass door with a hinged door by pairing a single door panel with sidelights to create an eye-catching alternative to a typical patio door. 

Double Patio Doors 

You might also want to take a look at double patio doors, better known as French doors. These durable doors can be crafted from either steel or fiberglass, and every aspect — from the color to the swing of the doors — can be fully customized. They also combine the classic styling of a hinged door with the generous ventilation and versatility offered by a sliding patio door. 

French doors are usually the best choice if you want to be able to control how much, or how little, fresh air comes in through your doors. On the other hand, unlike sliding patio doors, French doors swing into the room they’re installed in, which can take up a significant amount of floor space. 

Sliding Patio Doors 

When it comes to maximizing natural light without giving up any floor space, nothing beats a sliding patio door. In fact, the space-saving features of sliding doors is one of the top reasons why some homeowners prefer this door style. 

In the past, sliding patio doors had a bit of a negative image due to their notoriously poor energy efficiency, but that’s no longer an issue. Here at Thompson Creek, our sliding doors are custom-crafted with a durable fusion-welded master frame. This frame is paired with a multi-chambered construction to create a long-lasting door system that delivers great thermal performance. 

Sliding Door vs. Hinged Door Locksets and Hardware 

Another important consideration is the availability of locksets. With a hinged door, you’ll have a wide variety of handles, locksets, and deadbolts to choose from, making it easy to match the hardware with your existing decor. 

With a sliding glass door, the hardware options are quite limited due to the nature of the door. Although security isn’t an issue thanks to the triple-action foot locking system used on all sliding patio doors sold and installed by Thompson Creek, when compared to a hinged door, there are fewer ways to customize a sliding door. 

To learn more about sliding or hinged door replacement services and get a custom quote for your project, contact a specialist at Thompson Creek. 

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