Doors or French Doors: What You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision
When considering a deck or patio entrance to your home, the two most popular choices are sliding and French doors. Knowing the pros and cons of each can help you make the best decision for your home.
The ability to securely lock a patio door is a priority to most homeowners. The traditional lock on most French doors is usually superior to the locking mechanism for a sliding door, and sliding doors can also be pulled off their track easily.
Ease of Opening
French doors with a traditional swing door are easier to open; especially when you are carrying something in one hand. The weight of sliding doors and the push-pull opening system makes these doors harder to operate.
Energy conservation is another major concern of most homeowners. French doors create a better seal than sliding doors. French doors are typically made of fiberglass, which translates to more energy savings.
French doors can both be opened to create a large, easy entrance. Only half the width of a sliding door can be opened, cutting down drastically on entrance space. The entranceway width can be important when entertaining, moving large furniture, or even when children or pets are present.
French doors require a swing space so they may not be a good option for small rooms. In this case, sliding doors may be a better option.
French doors are generally more expensive than sliding doors. However, a homeowner should also factor in security and energy efficiency when doing a cost comparison.
A sliding door provides a better unobstructed view than a French door. French doors are traditionally comprised of small square window panels. A homeowner who wants the outdoor view to be a focal point in the room may prefer a sliding glass door.
Indian River Glass can provide both door options and can professionally install your choice in your home.
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