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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 often, now is a fantastic opportunity to think about patio door replacement. A new door can complement your space while helping you spend less on energy bills throughout the year.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand 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 large glass panes that provide a window-like style.

This option suits many styles of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also available in folding and sliding styles for newer houses. If you have a broad doorframe, you can use customization possibilities to use additional panes.

There are a few points to think over when considering French doors:

  • View: They deliver one of the widest views, especially when you get a folding model.
  • Customization: They’re highly customizable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they give the greatest amount of ventilation when open, they don’t come with screens.
  • Space: They take up a large portion of wall and floor area, which might not work for smaller rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some models swing open, which affects where you can use furnishings in your room or on your deck.
  • Maintenance: They could need adjustment after a few years.
  • Cost: While cost is tied to material and customization selections, 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 modern, with two secure panels and two moveable panels.

With a lot of customization options to select from, this reasonably priced patio door solution can complement most types of residences. 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 style.

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

  • View: They also give an expansive view, though they may have a wider frame and a smaller amount of glass than comparative French door types.
  • Customization: They’re also highly customizable with material and color. Select Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be made custom with grilles, in addition to 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 being used.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re at the top of the most energy-efficient models of patio doors as they make a tight seal. Some Pella options have even earned ENERGY STAR® selection.
  • Space: You won’t have to think about where you place furniture like with hinged patio doors, as these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them conserve space. And with a large view and lots of sunlight, they can make less spacious homes seem larger.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door style needs frequent cleaning and may 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.

Create 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 support you when you need to get a new one. Reach us at 307-733-0535 or contact us online to get started today.

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