When it comes to patio doors in Cincinnati, you have two main styles to choose from: French and sliding. Both offer distinct benefits, which can make the decision difficult. In today’s post, we discuss the key factors you should consider when making your choice.
When deciding between sliding and French patio doors, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati recommends focusing on these factors:
French doors are opened by turning the handle, while sliding doors simply slide open. Sliding doors are a bit easier to maneuver–assuming you’ve chosen high-quality doors, and provided you’ve properly maintained your door. The hinges that hold French-door panels need routine dry lubrication, while sliding patio doors sometimes stick when their tracks are full of dirt or debris.
The size of your living space is another big factor to consider when choosing between French and sliding patio doors. French doors swing open on a hinge, which means they need a decent amount of floor space to operate. This can present a challenge in a small or cramped living space. Sliding patio doors, on the other hand, slide open along the wall, so they don’t require any floor space to operate. If you’re tight on space, sliding doors are probably the better option.
French and sliding door systems today both come with sophisticated locking mechanisms and more than one pane. French doors can be locked at multiple points, but sliding units are fairly secure too. The active panel can be pulled tightly into the jamb with extra security measures available.
With Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati, you can have the best of both patio door styles by choosing our Frenchwood® gliding patio door system. Call us at (513) 283-8981 to set up your free consultation, and learn more about our door models and customization options. We proudly serve Cincinnati, OH, and nearby areas.