Patio doors provide a convenient and stylish access point between your patio and your indoors. Door companies offer different types of patio doors, plus customization services, to cater to different homeowners’ tastes and house designs.
Most patio doors are either the sliding type or the hinged French door type. Both options can be attractive, and they both offer their own advantages. If you’re in the market for a new patio door, this comparison between sliding and hinged might come in handy.
Hinged French Doors
French patio doors are typically affixed to a door jamb with hinges. Most of these doors swing outward, but you can also have inward-swinging French doors. Some high-quality hinged patio doors can swing open on both sides.
You can open just one hinged door or both. If you have six feet of door space, these doors allow you to enjoy the entire six feet. In case of an emergency, outward swinging French doors can allow you to escape without delay.
Homeowners who prefer a more traditional approach to design tend to prefer hinged French patio doors over sliding patio doors. Door providers typically praise French doors for being stylish, classy and versatile.
However, hinged doors need space to swing open. The bigger the doors, the wider the space they need. For this reason, hinged French patio doors are typically the better choice for larger, more spacious homes.
Sliding Patio Doors
Sliding doors don’t open outward. They glide horizontally, typically with one stationary panel. Some sliding doors have two panels that glide to the side to open. Sliding doors use tracks and rollers to move instead of hinges.
Most modern homes look better with sliding patio doors. These doors are also perfect if you have limited space as they don’t need swing inwards or outwards. You can place furniture and other items right next to a sliding patio door, and you won’t have any problems operating it.
Sliding patio doors also have a much bigger glass area when compared to French doors so you have a wider unobstructed view of your patio and your yard or garden.
If you own a modern, minimalist home, this is the style for you. A common concern with sliding doors is they tend to get stuck when the tracks are dirty or the rollers are worn-out. However, if you don’t mind regularly cleaning the tracks, your sliding doors should work perfectly.
Get in touch with Hill Roofing Corporation for professional patio door installation. We also offer roof repair services. Call us today at (703) 754-0964, or fill out this form to tell us about the project you’re planning. We work with homeowners in Manassas, VA.