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Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

As you get ready to be outdoors more, now is a good time to contemplate patio door replacement. An updated door can complement your home while helping you save on utility expenses year-round.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand models. But which is a better choice for Ketchum homes, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they compare so you can choose the right style for your home.

French Doors

The most common French doors feature two swinging hinged doors. These doors have expansive glass panes that provide a window-like look.

This option complements many styles of residences, from traditional to historic. It’s also made in folding and sliding styles for newer residences. If you have a wide doorframe, you can use customization solutions to add extra panes.

There are several aspects to think over when looking at French doors:

  • View: They give one of the best views, especially when you select a folding option.
  • Customization: They’re highly customizable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they offer the greatest amount of breeze when open, they don’t have screens.
  • Space: They consume a large amount of wall and floor area, which could be problematic for small rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some styles swing open, which impacts where you can use housewares in your room or on your patio.
  • Maintenance: They could require adjustment after a few years.
  • Cost: While cost is tied to material and customization selections, French doors are typically 20% higher than sliding doors due to installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

While they usually use two panels, sliding glass doors come with up to four panels. Two-panel is the most common kind, with one that’s immovable and another that moves on rollers. Four-panel is contemporary, with two secure panels and two gliding panels.

With a wide variety of customization possibilities to pick from, this reasonably priced patio door model can complement most styles of houses. Love the appearance of French doors but are on a tight budget or have a smaller home? You can customize your sliding door with a large frame or grille option.

Here’s what you want to think over with sliding glass doors:

  • View: They also provide an expansive view, however they may have a larger frame and not as much glass than some French door options.
  • Customization: They’re also completely customizable when it comes to material and color. Some Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be personalized with grilles, in addition to between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors introduce a wide amount of ventilation shielded by a screen. Some Pella sliding doors can be customized with Rolscreen®, which conceals the screen when it’s not needed.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re one of the most energy-efficient types of patio doors since they create a secure seal. Some Pella models have even received ENERGY STAR® selection.
  • Space: You won’t have to think about where you place furniture like with hinged patio doors, since these doors open by gliding. This helps them use less space. And with a big view and lots of sunlight, they can make smaller rooms appear more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door type requires regular cleaning and may have to have lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most reasonably priced type of patio door. As they’re installed as a complete unit, they’re frequently lower-priced to replace than French doors.

Customize Your Next Patio Door with Pella of Ketchum

The patio door that’s right for your home depends on your needs and budget. Our pros at Pella of Ketchum are here to support you when you have to replace yours. Call us at 208-726-0060 or contact us online to begin right away.

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