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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 fantastic time to think over patio door replacement. A new door can improve your rooms while helping you save on utility bills year-round.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand options. But which works better with Ketchum homes, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they compare so you can choose the right solution for your home.

French Doors

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

This model complements many kinds of residences, from traditional to historic. It’s also sold in folding and sliding styles for contemporary houses. If you have a wide doorframe, you can use customization possibilities to add extra panes.

There are a few aspects to think about when evaluating French doors:

  • View: They give one of the best views, especially when you select a foldaway model.
  • Customization: They’re highly configurable, 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 put housewares in your room or on your patio.
  • Maintenance: They might 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 are available with up to four panels. Two-panel is the most common style, with one that’s secured and another that glides on rollers. Four-panel is modern, with two immovable panels and two moveable panels.

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

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

  • View: They also give a broad view, however they may have a bigger frame and not as much glass than some French door types.
  • Customization: They’re also fully customizable when it comes to material and color. Some Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be made custom with grilles, in addition to between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors permit a wide amount of ventilation filtered by a screen. Some Pella styles 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 as they create a secure seal. Some Pella models have even been awarded ENERGY STAR® status.
  • Space: You won’t have to think about where you place furniture like with hinged patio doors, since these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them conserve space. And with a big view and lots of daylight, they can make smaller rooms appear more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door type requires regular cleaning and may need lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most reasonably priced type of patio door. Because they’re installed as a total 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 a good match for your home depends on your needs and budget. Our pros at Pella of Ketchum are here to support you when you need to replace yours. Call us at 208-726-0060 or contact us online to begin now.

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