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Can I Replace Sliding Patio Doors With French Doors?

Patio doors bring more light and warmth to any room in any home. These doors make the outdoors more accessible to residents, especially if they are easy to open like sliding doors.

But just like any other door, old sliding doors will need to be replaced, especially if they’re leaking and broken. Homeowners can choose to get a new sliding door or get a hinged French patio door instead. But is the latter a viable option?

Is It Alright to Use a French Door Instead of a Sliding Door?

Absolutely. Homes can use sliding or hinged French patio doors. Both of them are designed to allow a lot of light in and can open up to a deck, patio, back porch or pool area.

Which Is Better?

This depends on the homeowner’s preferences. Both give people indoors a great view of what’s outside and also allow a lot of light to enter the home. They differ in some ways, however:

  • Sliding doors don’t require that much space to open compared to hinged French doors. Most sliding door designs allow for unobstructed views. Some, however, aren’t as classy as hinged French doors.

  • French doors are characterized by class, elegance and grace. These hinged doors, however, require some space to open. They can be in-swing (opens into the room) or out-swing (opens towards the exteriors). These doors have multiple glass panes and can come in a variety of rich accents.

Can’t Decide?

Those who want the convenience of sliding doors, but also want the elegance of French doors can simply opt to get a sliding French door instead. These doors offer the same multiple-pane design, but are opened by sliding instead of swinging inward or outward.

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