Patios are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and unwind after a long day. But, what type of door should you have on your patio? French or sliding? Well, both doors have their own benefits. French doors offer more privacy because they come with two panels that slide across each other. Sliding doors do not include any solid material in them so they provide an open feel while allowing for maximum airflow. So if you want more privacy but also don’t mind sacrificing air flow then yes, go with French! However, if you prefer an open feeling where there is plenty of air circulating then go ahead and choose sliding!

Fast facts about these patio door styles.

French patio doors

  1. French patio doors are also called swinging patio doors or hinged patio doors.
  2. French doors can open inward or outward from the center.
  3. Because of their more intricate appearance, French doors are more commonly used in homes that have traditional architectural styles.

Sliding patio doors

  1. Sliding patio doors are sometimes referred to as gliding patio doors.
  2. Sliding doors slide open and closed.
  3. A sliding patio door comes with a sliding screen door, so you can leave your door open and enjoy a comfortable breeze without worrying about bugs.

Do French or sliding patio doors cost more? 

French patio doors are typically more expensive than sliding patio doors but don’t worry, the cost of either door type can vary greatly depending on your preferences. For example, Home Advisor estimates that installation costs range from $500 to $1,500 which means you have plenty of control over how much you spend on your new door.

Design differences between French patio doors and sliding patio doors. 

There are a few key design differences between French and sliding patio doors that could determine which door is best for your home: the door frame, the patio door hardware, and, most importantly, how much space they use.

French doors have a wider door frame.

A sliding glass door frame is typically narrower than a French patio door frame, which means it will allow more natural light into your home. However, the wider frame on a French patio door is a more traditional style, which many homeowners desire.

Sliding patio doors use less space

Sliding doors are ideal for areas of your home where you don’t have much room, whereas French exterior doors will need significantly more space.

Because so many homeowners love the look of French doors, but don’t necessarily have the room for them, patio door manufacturers started offering sliding French patio doors. French sliding doors combine the wider, traditional frame of French doors with the operation and function of a sliding door, so homeowners get the best features of both patio door styles.

In summary, which is better, sliding or French patio doors?

The answer really depends on your needs. If you’re looking for a patio door that’s cost-effective and doesn’t use much space, then a sliding patio door is the best option. But, if you want a more traditional look and have the extra space, French patio doors could right for you. Either way, with the customization and energy efficiency options now available with both door styles, you can’t go wrong.

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