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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 often, now is a great moment to contemplate patio door replacement. The right door can improve your space while helping you spend less on energy expenses all year.

French doors and sliding glass doors are two of the most in demand options. But which is better for Cheyenne houses, sliding glass doors or French doors? Here’s how they rank 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 large glass panes that provide a window-like appearance.

This model works with many types of homes, from traditional to historic. It’s also made in folding and sliding styles for newer residences. If you have a large doorframe, you can take advantage of customization options to add more panes.

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

  • View: They provide one of the best views, especially when you select 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 can be an issue 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 as time goes on.
  • Cost: While the price depends on material and customization selections, French doors are typically 20% more than sliding doors due to installation difficulty.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

With a lot of customization possibilities to select from, this economical patio door model can work with many kinds of homes. In love with the look of French doors but are on a slim budget or have a smaller room? You can create your sliding door with a large frame or grille pattern.

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

  • View: They also provide a wide view, although they could have a bigger frame and less glass than some French door styles.
  • Customization: They’re also highly customizable through material and color. Some Pella® sliding glass patio doors can be made custom with grilles, as well as between-the-glass blinds or shades.
  • Airflow: Sliding patio doors allow a wide amount of ventilation protected by a screen. Select Pella styles can be customized with Rolscreen®, which tucks away the screen when it’s not being used.
  • Energy efficiency: They’re one of the most energy-efficient kinds of patio doors as they make a secure seal. Several Pella models have even received ENERGY STAR® designation.
  • Space: You won’t have to be concerned with where you put furniture like with hinged patio doors, because these doors open by moving horizontally on a track. This helps them save space. And with a large view and lots of sunlight, they can make smaller spaces appear more spacious.
  • Maintenance: The track on this door type needs routine cleaning and might require lubrication.
  • Cost: Sliding doors are the most affordable style of patio door. Since they’re installed as a full unit, they’re frequently less costly to replace than French doors.

Create 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. Reach us at 307-632-6373 or contact us online to begin right away.

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