A French screen door and a sliding screen door are often used interchangeably within a conversation. While there are similarities between the two, each one brings its own unique qualities to the table.
A French door, referred to as a swinging patio door, has two sections hung on each side of the door frame so the inner frame meets in the middle.
A sliding door, on the other hand, is commonly referred to as a gliding patio door. A sliding door is placed along a track, located at the top and the bottom of the door frame.
Here are some key differences between these two door options:
Appearance and Style
French doors are available in styles to match the architecture of most homes. Over the years, this type of door was found with Colonial, Mediterranean, Victorian, and French style designs.
Sliding doors are used as closets and as patio doors. The most common patio door is a glass pane, accompanied by a screen door. This exterior door originates from Asian architecture.
Short of having a screened in patio, installing a French door or a sliding door helps to bring the outside in. Both offer the same form of convenience as having a door that opens to a patio or backyard and provides easy access.
Light and Ventilation
A French door allows natural light with the glass panes running from the top to the bottom of the door. Adding a patio screen offers a chance for ventilation.
The sliding door also offers natural light as the door is also made of a glass pane. Most manufacturers design sliding patio doors with screens to increase the ventilation as an evening breeze can cool down a warm house.
Maintenance and Upkeep
The French door is like a regular door as it needs maintenance from time to time, such as cleaning the hinges and cleaning of glass panes. A wooden door may require sanding and painting over time.
A sliding door requires more maintenance and cleaning to ensure the metal tracking is in good working order. For the most part, it is the glass that needs constant cleaning.
A French door offers a wider opening, which can be useful when hosting large gatherings. It does require a larger space for the doors to open and there cannot be furniture within close proximity.
A sliding door is parallel with the wall, taking little space for use. It opens a certain width, but many manufacturers offer wider panels for a larger opening.
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