The operation of a patio door is a main consideration. More than defining how the unit opens and closes, it also affects architectural integrity, furniture arrangement and convenience.
To help you choose between swinging and sliding glass doors, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares key things to remember:
If the size of your wall opening is narrow, a hinged French door is most certainly your only option. Sliding units need wide apertures to glide sideways since they comprise staggered panels. If you install a pair of sliding doors in a not-so-big opening, everyday access might become an inconvenience or even a struggle. You might find it difficult to move bulky furniture and let heavy traffic in and out of the room with ease.
Having a wide wall opening doesn’t make French door a bad idea, however. French doors now come in a sliding format, operating the contemporary way while staying true to their form. Plus, Renewal by Andersen French doors come in multiple-panel configuration, which creates a pseudo-glass wall.
French doors are traditional while sliding doors look modern. Unless pulling off an eclectic home design is your goal, mismatching exterior doors and architectural styles can produce a jarring visual effect.
For instance, our Frenchwood® doors, with their classic stile-and-rail construction and mortise-and-tenon joinery, are generally inconsistent with the modern home aesthetic. The narrow framing of either our Narroline® or Perma-Shield® sliding door system is the better fit.
Lastly, consider the amount of space you have around your door. Understand that hinged units need some room to operate, which can be bad news if you have a shortage of real estate. To maximize every inch of your floor space, our sliding door models are ideal. By contrast, if you just want your hinged patio doors to open outward, our outswing French door system is for you.
Learn about all the features of Renewal by Andersen of Denver’s patio door products and various customization options. Call us at (303) 823-4312 today to schedule your free estimate in Denver at your most convenient date and time.