Sliding Doors Vs. French Doors: Which is Right for You?

Sliding Doors Vs. French Doors: Which is Right for You?

Sliding glass and French doors aren’t the only two types of patio doors, but they are far and away the two most common. But because both styles have so much to offer, it can sometimes be hard to choose between the two. In this guide, we’ll look at a few facts as well as the key differences between sliding doors and French doors, so you will be able to have an easier time choosing the right one for you and your preferences.

About Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are sometimes called gliding doors because the door glides along a track when it is opened and closed. It typically comes with a screen door that slides along the same track. Because the screen door is the same size as the glass door, optimum airflow can pass into the space. This type of patio door is most commonly found in homes designed in modern or contemporary styles.

About French Patio Doors

Whereas a sliding door glides open and closed, a French patio door features two doors that are hinged on their outer sides. This allows the doors to swing open and closed, thus earning them the name “swinging” patio doors. French doors can either open inward or outward, depending on the owner’s preference. Further, they’re most commonly found in homes that feature traditional architectural styles.

Key Differences Between Sliding Glass and French Doors

French doors have two independently operating doors, which allows both doors to be opened and with the opening being at its very widest. With a sliding door, only half of the door slides open, so the opening is half of what’s available with French doors. However, French doors do not accommodate screens, which leaves the home’s interior open to insects, whereas sliding doors do have screens.

Another difference between the two doors is the type of hardware they have. Sliding doors have plastic “pull” handles, whereas French doors tend to have more traditional knob-style handles. As a result, you will have a much larger variety of customizable hardware options on a French door.

If space on the exterior of the door is a concern, as in a high-rise apartment with a closed-off patio, then a sliding glass door is the best choice because it doesn’t require any space to open to the exterior of the home. Sliding doors also tend to cost less than French patio doors.

How to Choose Between Sliding Glass and French Doors

Which type of patio door you choose is a personal choice, but if you are having difficulty, the experts at Thompson Creek can help. We can custom-design and manufacture the perfect patio door for your unique project.

We use only the finest materials and the latest technology in energy efficiency to create a truly one-of-a-kind door that’s built to complement your space and home. Want to learn more? Just contact the experts at Thompson Creek and get a free estimate for your patio door installation today.