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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 contemplate patio door replacement. An updated door can improve your space while helping you spend less on heating and cooling bills throughout the 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 have two swinging hinged doors. These doors feature wide glass panes that give a window-like appearance.

This style works with many types of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also available in folding and sliding models for contemporary residences. If you have a wide doorframe, you can use custom options to add more panes.

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

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

Sliding Glass Doors

While they typically use two panels, sliding glass doors are available with up to four panels. Two-panel is the most common model, with one that’s immovable and another that moves on rollers. Four-panel is modern, with two fixed panels and two moveable panels.

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

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 comparative 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, along with between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors introduce a large amount of fresh air protected by a screen. Certain Pella sliding doors can be customized with Rolscreen®, which conceals the screen when it’s not being used.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re one of the most energy-efficient models of patio doors because they create a secure seal. Some Pella models have even earned ENERGY STAR® selection.
  • Space: You won’t have to be concerned with 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 wide view and lots of daylight, they can make smaller spaces appear more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door style requires routine cleaning and may require lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most economical style of patio door. Because they’re installed as a complete 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 install a new one. Call us at 250-475-1277 or contact us online to begin right away.

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