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Choosing Between Sliding and French Patio Doors

Patio doors are more than a means to enter your home. With the right style, you can significantly improve your home’s appearance, value and energy efficiency. Patio doors also visually bridge your indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing you to enjoy both at the same time. If you’re having a hard time deciding between the two most popular styles, French and sliding doors, Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City recommends considering these factors:

Choosing Between Sliding and French Patio Doors


One of the main differences between these two styles is their operation. Sliding doors require less space because they glide smoothly to the side. French doors, on the other hand, usually open inward, which means you have to keep the surrounding space free to allow smooth operation. Furniture placement should also be considered to accommodate the door.


Depending on your home’s architectural style, one of these two doors may fit in better with your surroundings. French doors offer a certain elegance that complements traditional homes well. They can also be installed with beautiful window designs and hardware to highlight their classic appeal. Sliding doors, on the other hand, are sleeker and more modern. A sliding patio door also creates the illusion of less door, a great feature if you prefer a more open layout at home.

Lighting Needs

Patio doors can improve the amount of lighting in a room, which can create a brighter and more open-looking space. For small homes looking for a visual boost in size, we recommend investing in sliding patio doors. These feature narrow frames and a broad glass space, flooding the room with light.

Regardless of the style you choose, be sure to turn to Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City for a flawless door installation. Our services are also backed by industry-leading warranties for your peace of mind. Call us today at (913) 956-0887 to schedule a consultation today. We serve Olathe and the surrounding areas.

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