When adding doors leading from the inside of your home to your patio, the two most common styles of patio doors homeowners typically choose between are French doors and sliding doors. The type that you choose depends very much on your situation, whether its replacing an existing slider or changing to a different style. You should consider such factors as cost, safety, aesthetics and space consideration.
The best way to decide which type is right for you is to do a comparison of the two to determine that best avenue for you to take. Both will create a portal to the outside, but sliding door and French doors do it in different ways. Although sliding doors create the illusion of no door, French doors do the opposite.
Because gliding patio doors slide open and close horizontally along a track, they do not interfere with furniture located nearby. The opening section converges with the fixed section, requiring no outside space. They are a good choice for limited space inside or outside the room. There is also the advantage that they are much easier to adjust than French doors in a new home due to the house foundation shifting. For homes that are more modern-themed, they have a more contemporary look. Today’s sliding patio doors have a multipoint-locking mechanism and when engaged, these doors are very secure.
French doors on the other hand open inward and require the freedom to do so, meaning that furniture placement must be considered to accommodate the doors. French patio doors open and close like regular doors on hinges with one panel being the active one that’s used regularly, and the other panel locked into place as the passive side. These patio doors give a beautiful, classic look to the room and can provide an expansive opening when both panels are fully opened. Because of this wide width, they are perfect for moving large furniture or allowing heavy traffic in and out of the room. Also, with no track to slide on, their threshold sits at a much lower level, which is a bit easier to step over.
The costs for both these types of door can vary with a wide range of prices. You can find a good quality sliding door set with screen and vinyl frame that can cost around $350 while another one with a more study aluminum frame cost as much as $600. Most sliding patio doors come pre-assembled, but still require professional installation. Depending on where you purchase the door, you might find that installation is included in the price.
Typically, French doors are made of wood and available in maple, pine, oak and mahogany. In addition to the door itself, there is also the cost of the hardware that will vary in price. There are varying qualities of French doors and the higher the quality, the more expensive on your pocketbook. Depending on where you make your purchase, single slab, vintage French doors can cost $800 or higher. It is not uncommon to pay over $1000 for a well-made set of French doors.
Between the two, French doors are safer that sliding doors because they’re obviously doors with a wood frame surrounded by window panes. When a French door is closed, it cannot be mistaken for being open.
Sliding doors are often transparent and can be mistaken for being open. Even with today’s tempered glass that reduces serious injury if someone accidentally walks through the sliding glass door, people can still be seriously injured by this mishap. However, with the new safety glass that beads up, this doesn’t often happen, but people are still more prone to walking into closed doors thinking they are open.
Depending on the motif of your home, one of the two types of doors will add a beautiful accent to any room.
Sliding doors are sleeker and more modern looking for homes that want a more open concept while French doors possess certain elegance.
Whichever you decide upon, these doors will add beauty and charm to your home.
If you’re still deciding between sliding patio doors or french patio doors Jans Awning Products would be happy to recommend/install either one into your home is in the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, or Brantford area. Check out our Full Selection of Patio Doors available.