Deciding on the most suitable type of patio door to install in your home can be challenging due to the wide variety of door options available on the market. From custom-made French doors to sliding doors, and other styles, there are many designs that can add beauty, functionality, and value to your home. Choosing the right one will depend on your individual preferences on a wide variety of factors.

At Renewal by Andersen of South Louisiana, we’ve found that two door styles, in particular, have pushed their way to the forefront of the market for door renovations in the area. In this article, we will compare the two most popular types of patio doors—French doors and sliding doors. While both types of doors are fantastic for patio door replacements, this guide can help you to make the best decision possible between the two styles for your upcoming home renovation this year.

Which Doors are More Functional?

When it comes to operability, the advantage of custom-made French doors is that the operation method is perhaps slightly more familiar to most. This is because French Doors swing out from the inside or the outside, hanging on hinges that allow forward and backward mobility for opening and closing. The downside, perhaps, is that although this style makes for easy operation, the hinges can be stiff when not maintained properly.

Meanwhile, sliding doors are easy to operate but can be difficult to open when the guided track where the door runs along is damaged or filled with debris and dirt. With this, sliding doors may require more regular maintenance and cleaning.

What’s the Difference in Price?

When deciding on which type of patio door to install, the cost surely plays an important role. Indeed, there are countless factors that can influence the final cost of the installation such as the type of materials and glazing type. However, there is very little difference between custom-made French doors and sliding doors.

In general, the prices on door products will depend heavily on the quality of the window you’re interested in. To find out the exact costs of each model, visit your local windows company and ask for price comparisons on different energy-efficient, high-quality door replacement models. 

Are Both Models Equally Energy-Efficient?

Homeowners increasingly prefer energy-efficient options because they lead to greater cost savings in the long run. Compared to sliding doors, French doors can be more energy efficient because the central glass panels can be smaller when wider frames are used. However, sliding doors are created mostly from glazed panels.

However, sliding door installers also offer more energy efficient glass options for their doors which involves triple glazing instead of just double glazing. Some modern doors are even made with soundproofed glass.

Working With Limited Space

French patio doors have wider frames to accommodate hinges and the swing-out space. These types of doors can also be inconvenient when they open inwards. Meanwhile, sliding doors have a single-track operating mechanism which takes much less space compared to French doors. If you have limited space in your home, it is recommended to opt for sliding doors to enhance the area by taking up less space with sliding doors.

What About Security and Protection?

Obviously, security is another major consideration because an aesthetically pleasing door is useless if burglars can easily break-in. When it comes to security, French doors are a wonderful choice. This is because one door is locked into the floor or the frame, securing the position and strength of the entire doorway.

On the other hand, sliding doors are also very secure installations. This is because all panels are fixed to one guiding track. It is a single-secure unit that can only be opened from the inside. However, one thing to consider is that the glass panels of sliding doors can be breakable. Because of this, sliding door installers recommend the use of triple glazing, to prevent easily shattered or breakable glass.

Choosing a Design

Choosing between French doors and sliding doors in terms of design largely depends on your own personal taste and preferences. If you have a country home, traditional townhouse, or are looking to achieve a more heritage aesthetic appeal, custom-made French doors are recommended. However, if you are looking for a contemporary or modern look, sliding doors are a more obvious choice.

Whether you need sliding door installers or a company that provides custom-made French doors, Renewal By Andersen of South Louisiana offers reliable, professional installation, high-quality and energy-efficient products, and worry-free warranties. For more information about our superior window products and installations, contact us today or fill out this online form to get a free estimate.