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Sliding Patio Door Vs French Patio Door: Which is Better ?
Posted 3 years ago

Long Island, the two most common styles of patio doors are Sliding and French. Many of our clients come to us, wanting to replace their patio doors, but unsure if they want to stay with the same style they already have or change to a different one. When they ask our advice on which style is better—Sliding patio doors or French patio doors—we tell them it depends on their situation. If you’re trying to choose which style you prefer, Long Island here are the pros and cons of each to help you decide.


Sliding Patio Doors:


As the name implies, Sliding Patio Doors slide open and closed horizontally along a track. Typically one door panel is stationary and the other opens. A sliding screen comes with the door. Sliding Patio Doors may include more than two panels and screens.

Sliding doors have extra large panes of glass that run from the top to the bottom of each door panel. This design maximises any natural light, ensuring that you can enjoy floodlit interiors throughout the day.

If they are located near furniture, this style is a good choice because they don’t take up any space inside or outside the room. They also have a more contemporary look for the modern-themed home. With Royal Windows and Doors multipoint locking system engaged, these doors are as secure as they can be.


There are cases when this style is not the best choice for your home, however. If you need an extra-large opening for moving furniture or hosting parties with a lot of people coming in and out at once, this Sliding patio door style probably won’t give you enough space. If your home is older or just has a more classic design, this modern look may not fit with the rest of the house. It also has a more pronounced threshold because of the track it slides on, which is a potential tripping hazard.


French Patio Doors:


French Patio Doors open and close like regular doors on hinges. Our uPVC French Doors are the perfect outswing doors. Typically one panel will be the active one that you use regularly, and the other panel can be locked into place as the passive side. These patio doors give a beautiful, classic look to the room they’re in.


Our multipoint locking system offers the best security you can get. Another advantage that our French Doors have is that they give you a very wide opening when both panels are fully opened, perfect for moving large furniture and allowing heavy traffic. The fact that they don’t have any tracks to slide on makes their threshold sit at a much lower level, which is a lot easier to step over. French Doors require floor space for opening and closing that you don’t have to worry about with gliding patio doors. French doors are generally more expensive than gliding patio doors, as well.


Both styles of patio doors will add a beautiful accent to the room they’re in, Long Island. It’s really up to you to decide which one is the better fit for your home and lifestyle. Here at Royal Windows and Doors, we are always happy to explain the features, pros and cons of each to help you with that decision. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

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