When considering which kind of patio door you want, it’s important to take a look at all options. Your main options for patio doors are sliding and swinging. What you ultimately choose will depend on your available space, usage needs and personal taste.
Swinging patio doors, typically French doors, are hinged and swing open and closed like a regular door. Sliders, as you may have guessed from the name, slide or glide open and closed. In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of each.
Swinging Patio Doors
Swinging patio doors come in several styles, most notably French and garden style. They will typically swing outwards onto your backyard, deck, patio or porch, so they don’t take up too much space within the interior. However, if you have a cramped outdoor deck, a swinging door could be difficult to accommodate with people coming in and out.
You can easily open both sets of doors, allowing you to fit more people in and out than if you just had one accessible door, such as with sliders. This also means it’s easier to get large objects such as furniture, trays of food and pool toys out the door with ease. Swinging doors are usually more secure, with the ability to add extra locks if need be.
Sliding Patio Doors
The primary benefit with a slider is the efficient use of space, with no swinging door to hit objects or people.
If you’re tight on space both inside and out, sliders may be a better option for you. They don’t come with grids like French doors, so you get maximum natural light streaming through both sets of doors. With an easy to operate glider system, you can get in and out of the entryway seamlessly. Because they don’t require much floor allowance, they are ideal for small rooms.
Sliders aren’t as secure as swinging patio doors because they feature a simple switch lock rather than a multi-point lock with French doors. Because sliding glass doors are on tracks and rollers, burglars can more readily pry or pop them open from the outside. With a French door, you can add locks with a steel rod at the top and bottom as well as a deadbolt.
Here at Rescom Exteriors, we sell and install Bristol patio doors that come with a Quattro-IV four-point locking system featuring two steel locking bars that bolt into steel receivers in the head and sill. You also get an additional keyed security and ventilation lock. Plus, we give you a wide spectrum of colors and finishes to choose from as well as beautiful hardware options. As always, we guarantee top-rated thermal performance so you can save on your monthly energy bills.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Check out our patio doors online today and schedule your consultation with us at 508-832-5202. We’re open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.