With two styles to choose from, choosing the patio door style sounds simple enough. On one hand, you have traditional French doors, on the other, contemporary sliding doors. But there are many other factors that should be considered. Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City shares some tips on choosing the right patio door style for your home.
Traditional French Doors
French doors are built as two hinged doors that meet in the middle, creating a wide opening when fully opened. The opened sashes enforce visual continuity between interior and exterior spaces, making it look like it’s one large, open living space instead of two separate spaces. Today’s French doors rarely stray from traditional design elements such as symmetrical Colonial grilles, interior wood finishes and aged metallic hardware.
If you’re considering a patio door for your home, check the indoor area for swing space. Hinged door styles require space to open. A measuring tape is handy at this stage, as you may need to plan your furniture placement ahead of time. If this is not an option, consider outswinging French doors. Our Frenchwood® patio doors can be configured so that it opens towards the exterior.
Contemporary Sliding Doors
Sliding doors are generally considered as the patio door style for contemporary homes. The sashes slide on tracks, allowing a streamlined look and bigger sashes. Sliding doors can help you save space, which is ideal for homes where door swing space, whether indoor or outdoor, is not available. The large glass areas allow more natural light to stream into your home.
If your home is based on a traditional architectural style, don’t dismiss sliding doors outright. With certain customization options such as grilles, finishes and hardware options, sliding doors can fit right into traditional home styles. This is why, in addition to the traditional hinged design, we also offer sliding French doors. You get both the space-saving benefits of sliding doors, and the aesthetic benefits of our Frenchwood patio doors.
To learn more about our patio doors installation services, call Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City today at (913) 956-0887. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve Olathe and surrounding areas.