If you have a patio that leads to a pool or backyard, you need an access door that will look great and function well at the same time. Many homeowners choose French doors for an elegant, classic look, while others go with sliding doors for convenience. Here are some pros and cons of each patio door style.
Traditional French door configurations feature side-by-side doors that swing open from the center, either inward or outward depending on your preference. The look is classic, elegant and versatile, perfect for any style home, particularly traditional. French doors are ideal for large spaces, where doors can’t swing into furniture or pose safety hazards for occupants.
Depending on your room configuration, French doors generally give you a wider opening than sliders, which would come in handy if you need to move large piece of furniture in and out or tend to host lots of parties where foot traffic is high.
Traditional French doors can complement older homes with their classic look, but they can also be used in more modern homes for a timeless appearance with a twist. The materials, grilles and finishes you use will go a long way toward determining this.
French doors feature a seamless entry and exit, which may be critical if you have kids or elderly parents living in the home who are prone to tripping. And if you host lots of barbecues in the summer and have a pool, the constant in-and-out of people is made safer and easier with French doors. Sliders, on the other hand, have a large threshold due to the track. Sliding doors also tend to stick along that track, making operation somewhat more cumbersome if you don’t keep up with maintenance.
Sliding glass doors are great for areas that don’t have a lot of space. This is because there are no doors to swing open. Instead, they slide from side to side. If you have a cramped dining room, kitchen or breezeway leading onto your patio, this may be a better choice for you. They are available in a wide range of materials and glass options to complement the style of your home.
Opting for sliding doors during a renovation is also ideal because you’re better able to plan out the design of your space without the limitations that come with swinging doors.
If you’re a natural sunlight lover, you’ll appreciate sliders, which feature larger panes of glass than French doors do. As such, you get unobstructed views of the outdoors and enjoy the illusion of a larger living space. This same effect can be achieved if you were to place a large mirror in a small living room, for example.
Sliders tend to match better with more modern homes but can ideally be used in any style depending on the finishes you choose.
Sliders tend to work better in cold, snowy climates. If your backyard is prone to strong wind gusts, driving snow could pile again your patio door. If you have a swing-out French door, it can become impossible to open your door after a storm. Not so with sliders. Also, in high winds, French doors can blow shut, whereas sliders stay put no matter what.
In summer, you have the option of using a screen door slider to let in a fresh breeze but not bugs or animals, which you can’t achieve with a French door.
The decision on whether to go with a French door or sliders for patio access is a personal one. Rescom Exteriors can help you make this decision, as we have many options in both styles. Call us today at 508-832-5202 to learn more.