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Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

As you prepare to be outdoors more, now is a great opportunity to think over patio door replacement. The right door can enhance your rooms while helping you spend less on heating and cooling bills year-round.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand styles. But which is better for Vancouver residences, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they stack up so you can pick the best style for your home.

French Doors

The most classic French doors have two swinging hinged doors. These doors come with wide glass panes that give a window-like look.

This option suits many kinds of residences, from traditional to historic. It’s also available in folding and sliding styles for contemporary houses. If you have a broad doorframe, you can use custom options to add additional panes.

There are a couple of aspects to think over when looking at French doors:

  • View: They deliver one of the best views, especially when you get an accordion model.
  • Customization: They’re highly configurable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they give the biggest amount of ventilation when open, they don’t use screens.
  • Space: They take up a lot of wall and floor area, which might not work for small rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some types swing open, which affects where you can place furnishings in your room or on your outdoor living area.
  • Maintenance: They may need adjustment over the years.
  • Cost: While the price is tied to material and customization options, French doors are typically 20% higher than sliding doors as a result of installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

With many customization possibilities to pick from, this affordable patio door model can work with most styles of residences. In love with the style of French doors but are on a tight budget or have a small home? You can create your sliding door with a large frame or grille style.

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

  • View: They also offer an expansive view, though they may have a wider frame and a smaller amount of glass than some French door styles.
  • Customization: They’re also highly customizable through material and color. Many Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be customized with grilles, in addition to between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors allow a large amount of ventilation filtered by a screen. Some Pella styles can be customized with Rolscreen®, which hides the screen when it’s not needed.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re among the most energy-efficient models of patio doors because they make a secure seal. Select Pella styles have even earned ENERGY STAR® designation.
  • Space: You won’t have to worry about furniture placement like with hinged patio doors, as these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them save space. And with a big view and lots of sunlight, they can make less spacious homes seem larger.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door model has to have frequent cleaning and can require lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most reasonably priced kind of patio door. Because they’re placed as a complete unit, they’re frequently less costly to replace than French doors.

Design Your New Patio Door with Pella of Vancouver

The patio door that’s a good fit for your house depends on your needs and budget. Our experts at Pella of Vancouver are here to support you when it’s time to install a new one. Get in touch with us at 250-475-1277 or contact us online to get started today.

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