The French door has been around forever, but it never gets old. But is it a choice fit for your home? For Renewal by Andersen® of Denver, it’s good to ask yourself these important questions before installing this classic in the space leading to your patio:
What Is the Style of Your Home?
French doors are generally emblematic of traditional homes. But if the architecture of your space traces its roots to some time after the 1920s, it’s probably a “modern” home. Modern and contemporary styles usually favor patio door systems with thin frames.
But then again, mixing elements from different architectural periods is an option if your neighborhood allows transitional and eclectic home designs. If this is the case, you might be able to seamlessly integrate the French door into the aesthetic of your modern or contemporary space.
Do You Mind Having Less Glass Area?
The wide-board stile and rail construction of French patio doors minimizes the glass area. This means capturing less view. Also, they often have grilles, which visually break panes into smaller pieces. Although the French door glass is typically obstructed and not so great in size, it can dramatically frame Nature.
Is There Enough Floor Space?
Hinged doors need room to operate. Whether the active panel moves inward or outward, it will always occupy its adjacent space as long as it’s open. If you have limited real estate, choosing the French door system will decrease your usable floor space.
The good news is that Renewal by Andersen of Denver offers the Frenchwood® Gliding Door. It rolls Old World aesthetics and space-saving operation into one.
Are You Prepared for Routine Maintenance?
Swinging doors and sliding glass doors require maintenance, but the former usually needs more attention. Without proper lubrication, their hardware is likely to sustain mechanical issues more quickly.
To help reduce the amount of upkeep your French door system needs, we recommend any of the Estate™ hardware finishes. The brass, nickel, and chrome options are proof against corrosion and tarnish because they seal the desired finish with a special coating. The bronze ones develop a gorgeous patina with everyday use over time.
Let Renewal by Andersen of Denver help you choose the perfect patio door system for your home. Call us at (303) 823-4312 now to learn about our impressive patio door selection as well as customization options. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Denver and other nearby areas.