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Sliding vs. French Patio Doors: Which Is Right for You?

Patio doors generally come in two styles: the hinged French door and the contemporary sliding door. Which one is right for your home? Renewal by Andersen® of Long Island sheds light on their biggest advantages to help you make the soundest decision:

Sliding vs. French Patio Doors: Which Is Right for You?

French Doors

  • Iconic Appearance – French doors feature the classic wide-board stile and rail construction, which is consistent with the aesthetic of most traditional architectural styles. If you want to revive your home’s Old World charm, they’re a safe bet.

  • Large Access – French door systems are so versatile they can fit into any opening. They can swing either inward or outward, making it simple to move bulky furniture around and allow the flow of heavy traffic. If you have a narrow opening, a single-panel, hinged French door configuration for easy ingress and egress.

  • Maximum Ventilation – Hinged patio doors provide excellent ventilation. You can let in as much draft as you want with them. During hot days, leaving them open can usher in nice breezes while allowing warm, indoor air to exit.

Contemporary Sliding Doors

  • Great Glass Area – Contemporary doors boast narrow framing to frame panoramic views. Generally wider than they’re taller, their expansive glass area can open up your space, pull Nature in, and catch a lot of sun for daylighting.

  • Space-Saving Operation – Sliding doors require no clearance to operate. In other words, your furniture can sit next to them. If you have a tiny space, they can help you reclaim and maximize every inch of your floor area.

  • Maximum Weathertightness – Sliding door systems consist of overlapping panels that create an air- and watertight seal at closing. Reinforced with continuous weatherstripping, they deny the entry of the elements as well as dirt to your home, keeping it comfortable and clean.

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we offer a modern iteration of the classic French door and two models of contemporary sliding doors. But we also offer the best of both worlds: a sliding French door system. Call us at (631) 206-6773 today to schedule your free, in-home consultation. We serve clients on Long Island and nearby areas.


"I was very impressed with Renewal by Andersen. They showed up in time and we received several follow up phone calls as the installation was being done as well as the sales representative stopping by to check in on the installation. The delivery/ installer was very professional. I would highly recommend Renewal By Andersen."

February, 18

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