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Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

Which is Better, Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors?

As you get ready to be outdoors more, now is a great moment to contemplate patio door replacement. The right door can complement your space while helping you conserve on energy expenses throughout the year.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand models. But which is better for Cheyenne residences, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they stack up so you can select the right option for your residence.

French Doors

The most common French doors feature two swinging hinged doors. These doors have wide glass panes that offer a window-like appearance.

This option suits many types of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also sold in folding and sliding options for contemporary houses. If you have a wide doorframe, you can take advantage of customization options to add more panes.

There are several things to keep in mind when considering French doors:

  • View: They provide one of the biggest views, especially when you install an accordion style.
  • Customization: They’re highly customizable, from style to material and color.
  • Airflow: While they provide the greatest amount of airflow when open, they don’t use screens.
  • Space: They consume a lot of wall and floor area, which might not work for small rooms.
  • Furniture placement: Some models swing open, which influences where you can place furniture in your room or on your deck.
  • Maintenance: They might need to be adjusted after a few years.
  • Cost: While your expense depends on material and customization choices, French doors are typically 20% more than sliding doors due to installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

While they most commonly use two panels, sliding glass doors come with up to four panels. Two-panel is the most typical type, with one that’s fixed and another that slides on rollers. Four-panel is contemporary, with two fixed panels and two moveable panels.

With a wide variety of customization styles to select from, this economical patio door model can work with many styles of homes. In love with the look of French doors but are on a smaller budget or have a smaller home? You can customize your sliding door with a big frame or grille pattern.

Here’s what you should consider with sliding glass doors:

  • View: They also provide a wide view, although they might have a bigger frame and less glass than some French door styles.
  • Customization: They’re also highly customizable through material and color. Many Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be personalized with grilles, as well as between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors allow a wide amount of fresh air protected by a screen. Select Pella styles 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 since they make a snug seal. Select Pella options have even been awarded ENERGY STAR® designation.
  • Space: You won’t have to think about where you put furniture like with hinged patio doors, because these doors open by gliding. This helps them save space. And with a large view and lots of sunlight, they can make smaller spaces seem more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door type needs routine cleaning and might require lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most affordable kind of patio door. Since they’re installed as a full unit, they’re frequently less costly to replace than French doors.

Find Your Next Patio Door with Pella of Cheyenne

The patio door that’s a good fit for your home depends on your needs and budget. Our experts at Pella of Cheyenne are here to help when it’s time to install a new one. Get in touch with us at 307-632-6373 or contact us online to begin now.

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