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Sliding Doors vs French Doors


Homes are the biggest investment most of us will ever make. This is why we spend so much time on remodeling projects and renovations. Patio doors are one of the best ways to improve the appearance and feel of your home. They come in two main styles: sliding doors and French doors. Read on for more information about French doors vs sliding doors and which ones could suit your home better.

French Doors

Sliding Doors vs French Doors
Sliding Doors vs French Doors

A French door consists of transparent panes of glass held in metal or wooden frames. The panels can be installed as matching pairs or a series of panes. Double doors are the same as French doors so if a contractor speaks of a double door they are speaking of the same thing. Also, for those asking what is the difference between a patio door and a French door? A French door is a type of patio door as described above.

One main advantage of French doors over sliding doors is that both doors can open fully which allows for easy access and increased ventilation. French doors or double doors can make it easier to move-in or out large items i.e. furniture, appliances, hot tubs tables, etc.

Unfortunately, the swing diameter of French doors when they open takes up a lot of space. They aren’t suitable for small homes as placing furniture close to them can prevent the doors from opening and shutting. French doors also obstruct the outside view due to the glass panes. The cost of French doors vs sliding doors is another disadvantage as French doors are more costly.

Due to their many disadvantages manufacturers have come up with several French door alternatives that mimic the look of French doors without the drawbacks.

Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors vs French Doors
Sliding Doors vs French Doors

A sliding door is a patio door that has two panels usually made of glass. The first panel is fixed and stationary whereas the second rectangular panel is mobile and rolls open and shut. The best sliding glass doors connect your indoor and outdoor spaces without compromising on security, appearance, or energy efficiency.

One main advantage of sliding doors is that they are extremely easy to operate; you just have to slide them open and shut. They also occupy very little space whether open or shut and are therefore great for small homes and spaces. Because they are made of large single panes of glass, sliding doors are great if you want to have an unobstructed view of the outdoors.

Unfortunately in the past, a common entry point for burglars has been sliding glass doors
Modern day sliding door designs incorporate security concerns by ensuring that they can’t be lifted off their rails. You can also install 2-point locking systems to prevent break-ins.

Energy Efficient Patio Doors 

Are sliding doors or French doors more energy efficient? Sliding doors are generally more energy efficient than French doors. This is because they are made of single panels of glass that don’t allow energy or air to escape as compared to the French doors which have several panels.

Key Takeaway

French doors and sliding doors are popular types of patio doors. Sliding doors are easy to operate, offer a better view, have better energy efficiency, and are also cheaper than French doors. They could thus be the best choice for your space. For more information about home improvement and renovations read the rest of our blog.