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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 good moment to think about patio door replacement. A new door can complement your space while helping you spend less on energy bills all year.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most desired styles. But which works better with Jackson homes, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they rank so you can choose the best style for your house.

French Doors

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

This model suits many kinds of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also available in folding and sliding options for newer residences. If you have a broad doorframe, you can leverage customization solutions to use additional panes.

There are several aspects to think about when considering French doors:

  • View: They deliver one of the widest views, especially when you get a folding model.
  • Customization: They’re highly configurable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they give the greatest amount of ventilation when open, they don’t use screens.
  • Space: They take up a large portion of wall and floor area, which can be an issue for smaller rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some models swing open, which affects where you can use housewares in your room or on your outdoor living area.
  • Maintenance: They could need adjustment after a few years.
  • Cost: While cost is tied to material and customization choices, French doors are typically 20% more expensive than sliding doors as a result of installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

While they often have two panels, sliding glass doors are available with up to four panels. Two-panel is the most common model, with one that’s fixed and another that slides on rollers. Four-panel is contemporary, with two immovable panels and two gliding panels.

With a wide variety of customization options to pick from, this reasonably priced patio door solution can complement most types of houses. In love with the look of French doors but are on a smaller budget or have a small space? You can customize your sliding door with a large frame or grille option.

Here’s what you need to think about with sliding glass doors:

  • View: They also give a broad view, though they may have a wider frame and a smaller amount of glass than other French door options.
  • Customization: They’re also highly customizable with material and color. Select Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be made custom with grilles, along with between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors introduce a wide amount of airflow filtered by a screen. Some Pella models can be customized with Rolscreen®, which conceals the screen when it’s not needed.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re among the most energy-efficient models of patio doors since they make a tight seal. Some Pella options have even earned ENERGY STAR® status.
  • Space: You won’t have to be concerned with where you place furniture like with hinged patio doors, as these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them use less space. And with a large view and lots of daylight, they can make compact spaces appear more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door style needs routine cleaning and could need lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most affordable type of patio door. Because they’re placed as a total unit, they’re typically less expensive to replace than French doors.

Find Your Next Patio Door with Pella of Jackson

The patio door that’s best for your home depends on your needs and budget. Our experts at Pella of Jackson are here to assist you when you have to install a new one. Get in touch with us at 307-733-0535 or contact us online to get started today.

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