Patio doors are a great addition to any home as they’re both a functional and visually appealing piece. What most homeowners don’t know about these doors is they can actually help “increase” the space of your room by visually extending your floor space outside. This is all thanks to their unique placement within the room, as well as their large glass areas.
You have two choices for patio doors: the classic French design or the modern sliding patio door. In this post, you’ll learn how to choose between these two types of patio doors, which best fits your home and what benefits they offer.
Aesthetically, French doors far outshine sliding doors. But in practical terms, sliders have pros (and cons) that you should consider.
On one hand, they are easier to manage in tight spaces that can’t accommodate a door swing; on the other, only half of the opening is usable for entering and exiting, which can be restrictive. As a general design rule, French doors are best when they’re in spacious rooms with a lot of floor space as they need some allowance to physically open. This same rule applies if they swing out.
Sliding Patio Doors
In cases where you want a larger opening but don’t have enough space for doors that swing, a double sliding door can be a good option, giving you four panels of glass – two of which are operable. This way, the wall opening can be maximized to let in lots of light. Note that sliding patio doors have space requirements too just like their classic counterparts. In their case, they require wider wall space since they’re essentially two doors in one. By contrast, they don’t require as much floor allowance, making them the ideal choice for smaller rooms.
There are two ways patio doors in Denver can open: outward or sideways. In fact, that’s generally how patio doors everywhere usually open. You’re given options between the preferred choice of several interior design experts and a door that eliminates opening space. When you’re stuck with this problem, always refer to the “pros and cons” strategy.
French doors are the practical solution given that your home has enough space for swinging open. If the patio doors will most likely hit something every time you open them, a sliding door may be the better choice. One problem with sliding doors is that they limit the entryway space by half. You may have difficulty moving huge objects past a sliding door if needed.
French doors like the Renewal line allow the entire opening to be used by simply opening both doors. However, you can’t place anything within the door’s swing range, as it’ll only get hit, especially on the patio. Regardless of what you choose, however, experts say both doors offer the same level of all-weather protection with innovative weather stripping material. Simply keep the doors closed when it rains and let their weatherproof properties do the trick.
Consult your local contractor to help you determine the type of door that’s best for your home. Always weigh the pros and cons for these kinds of decisions. At Renewal by Andersen, we help homeowners throughout Denver and Colorado Springs pick the right patio doors for their home. Give us a call at (303) 823-4312 or (719) 419-5496. You can also fill out our contact form for a free consultation.