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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 moment to think over patio door replacement. A new door can complement your space while helping you spend less on heating and cooling bills all year.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most popular styles. But which is a better choice for Victoria homes, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they rank so you can find the ideal option for your residence.

French Doors

The most common French doors use two swinging hinged doors. These doors feature large glass panes that give a window-like appearance.

This style suits many types of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also available in folding and sliding models for contemporary residences. If you have a large doorframe, you can use personalization options to add extra panes.

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

  • View: They provide one of the best views, especially when you buy a folding option.
  • Customization: They’re very customizable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they offer the greatest amount of fresh air when open, they don’t have screens.
  • Space: They take up a large portion of wall and floor area, which could be problematic for smaller rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some styles swing open, which influences where you can put housewares in your room or on your patio.
  • Maintenance: They might need to be adjusted over the years.
  • Cost: While the price is tied to material and customization options, French doors are typically 20% higher than sliding doors because of installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

With a wide variety of customization possibilities to choose from, this economical patio door style can enhance a wide variety of types of residences. Love the look of French doors but are on a tight budget or have a compact home? You can design your sliding door with a big frame or grille style.

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

  • View: They also provide an expansive view, though they could have a bigger frame and not as much glass than other French door types.
  • Customization: They’re also completely customizable when it comes to material and color. Select Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be customized with grilles, in addition to between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors introduce a sizeable amount of fresh air protected by a screen. Certain 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 kinds of patio doors because they create a secure seal. Some Pella models have even earned ENERGY STAR® status.
  • Space: You won’t have to think about furniture placement like with hinged patio doors, because these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them save space. And with a wide view and lots of sunlight, they can make smaller homes appear larger.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door style requires routine cleaning and may require lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most economical kind of patio door. As they’re installed as a total unit, they’re frequently less expensive to replace than French doors.

Design Your Next Patio Door with Pella of Victoria

The patio door that’s best for your house depends on your needs and budget. Our pros at Pella of Victoria are here to help when it’s time to get a new one. Call us at 250-475-1277 or contact us online to start right away.

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