It’s one of the age-old debates among homeowners: French doors or sliding doors? French doors are hinged doors that look like windows and can open inward or outward. Sliding doors are installed on a track and open to the left or the right with a screen door option. While you may have your heart set on one door or the other, take a moment to consider the pros and cons of each door before making your final choice.
French doors take up more space than sliding doors. Their frames are larger, and they require a clear area to open the doors. Sliding doors are more compact and do not take up as much floor and wall space. When open, French doors provide a wider entry way as compared to sliding doors. Another key factor to consider—you’ll have to step over the track of a sliding door, while you will maintain a smooth transition with French doors.
The design of French doors provides a classic look that works seamlessly with traditional homes. They can be customized to match the home’s design and offer options to open as single or double doors. Sliding doors offer a sleek look that can make a room feel larger. Both types of doors are available in a variety of materials and colors.
French doors and sliding doors are both available with hardware that allows them to be locked. Often, sliding doors utilize an additional locking bar that can be placed at the bottom of the door. The glass used in each type of door is strong and will stand up to the outdoor elements.
Energy efficient glass is used in both French doors and sliding doors. With French doors there is a slight possibility for air flow where the panels meet. Sliding doors create a stronger seal as they overlap with each other.
On average, French doors cost more than sliding doors. However, there is a wide range of options available for both types of doors and pricing can vary depending on your preferences.
If you need advice on deciding between French doors or sliding doors, Atkinson’s is happy to help. Contact us online or at (208) 375-3762 for a free consultation and estimate.