Jan 25, 2021

Comparing Glass Doors & French Patio Doors

Determining the configuration of your deck or patio door frequently becomes a showdown between sliding doors or French doors, which are manufactured with hinges.  By default, neither is better than the other.  However, taking the time to understand the characteristics, pros, and cons of each ensure that your final selection is one that you enjoy for the foreseeable future.  Here’s what you need to know about about sliding vs. French patio doors!

infinity Inswing French, Double Hung

Consider How Much Space You Have When Choosing a Patio Door

The format of a room should be heavily considered prior to committing to a door style.  The closer in proximity the door is to furniture or other potential obstructions, the more it makes sense to opt for  sliding glass doors over French doors.   However, French patio prove advantageous open wider and are ideal for scenarios where there’s a high frequency of guests continually making their way outdoors during parties.  French doors also create an opportunity for large furniture to be moved indoors and outdoors.  However, this layout commands more square footage to open and close.

Marvin French DoorDesign Deliberations for Patio Doors

Both sliding and French doors permit an ample amount of natural light to enter a home.  However, the narrower frame of a sliding door allows more daylight to enter, while also allowing for expanded outdoor views.  Many interior designers steer homeowners towards French doors in historic homes because they tend to mesh better with this architectural style.  Both types of doors can be used in modern spaces, as the color and hardware can complement surrounding windows as well as the exterior of your home.

Exterior Doors With Ventilation

Both types of doors are lauded for their ventilation properties.  Opting for sliding doors absent of screens, does edge out French doors in terms of ventilation.  However, without screens, there is a high probability that insects will find their way indoors.


The manufacturer, material, size, glass pack, and hardware all influence the cost of French and gliding doors.  However, when similar combinations are used, double French doors tend to cost slightly more than sliding doors.

Weather Considerations

French doors also slam shut easier in heavy winds than sliding patio do.  Double patio doors that swing out should be used in climates that experience heavy rain and snow, as this could allow heavy moisture to be inadvertently introduced indoors.

Infinity Inswing French Door

Ease of Use

Although they have a larger threshold, sliding glass doors are easier to operate.  The door is located on a track, requiring the user to step over it to enter or exit a room.  If a homeowner opts to swap out a sliding door for inswing or outswing patio doors, they should be advised that the threshold difference can influence the flooring already in place.

Watch a Sliding Patio Door Be Installed by the Craftsmen at Lindus Construction:

Patio Maintenance

Because of their frequent use, there is potential for the sliding mechanism of a gliding door to come off the track or become stuck.  This is why it is advised that homeowners steer away from doors in the builder grade class.  Distracted guests and excitable pets can also run into the screen, bending it.  These factors give French double doors a slight edge when it comes to maintenance.  The biggest areas homeowners should keep an eye on for maintenance are the hinges and the trim around the glass.

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Lindus Construction Door Installation Reviews:

"We couldn't be more pleased with our Lindus Construction experiences. Their dedicated teams of professionals installed gutters as well as replaced a number of windows and a sliding patio door, completing all projects professionally."

Brian R.
Rice Lake, WI
December 17, 2021

Amanda and I just wanted to thank you and the Lindus team for all of the work involved in measuring, ordering, staining and installing our new windows and sliding door.  The guys tolerated single-digit temperatures, biting wind, and nagging snow showers the first two days of work but made steady progress and finished with an immaculate work site each day. These guys are true professionals."

Brian & Amanda R.
Rice Lake, WI
December 13, 2021

“Very conscientious and customer oriented. Their staff are outstanding craftsmen.”

Jim G.
Chanhassen, MN
October 30, 2021

"This is our third project with Lindus and they continue to exceed expectations. This time it more windows and exterior doors. Really great job."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
October 29, 2021

"Thank you for the excellent job by your crew!  We are very pleased with the result and appreciate the quality work they performed!"

Bob & Judy B.
New Brighton, MN
June 10, 2021

"Purchased two sliding doors in 2014 and they have been great...especially in the winter.  No drafts!  Thank you for the great product and the great service!"

Mike S.
St. Paul, MN
July 8, 2021
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