French Doors vs Sliding Patio Doors – which is right for you?

Posted on by Yorkshire Windows Team

Sliding Patio DoorsFrench DoorsFrench doors and sliding patio doors are a familiar sight on many properties, providing a functional and attractive way of letting more light into your home and making it appear more spacious – all without the need to move or extend your property.

Whether they’re used as a means of seamlessly connecting your conservatory to the rest of your house or as a way to access your balcony, patio or garden, French doors and patio doors are a great choice, even you haven’t quite got the space for a conservatory.
The versatility doesn’t end there either – both types of doors can be made to suit a wide range of size and budget requirements, as well as other specifications, so no matter what your needs, there’s a beautiful glazed door that’s ideal for you and your property.


So What’s the Difference?

While there are many similarities between French and patio doors, there are also several differences, and it’s these which determine whether they will be suitable for your property or not.


French Doors

French Patio DoorsCharacterised by their double doors, French doors are hinged, so can open either inwards or outwards depending on your requirements and the size of the room that they’re built into.  Designed to give you easy access to your garden or patio, as well as excellent ventilation, they provide you with a great way
to enjoy your outside space from the comfort of your own home.

These doors are a great choice if you own an older property, as their classic design really works well with the traditional look of your home, and if you have a conservatory, they can act as an elegant gateway for it.

Of course, it’s essential that your French doors do not provide access to opportunistic burglars, so it’s vital that they have up-to-date security features when fitted.  Such features can include:

  • The prevention of access via crowbar thanks to high security hinges
  • Locking handles
  • Multi-point locking
  • Restrictor hinges to prevent the door swinging open if caught in the wind


Patio Doors

Sliding DoorsIn contrast, patio doors slide open on runners, making them a great choice if internal space is at a premium, or if you only have a small garden, balcony or patio.  Their minimalist good looks are ideal for more modern and new build properties too, and they’re the perfect door if you want to bring light into a room or extend it with the illusion of space.

Thanks to the sliding mechanism, patio doors really save space, so you won’t have them coming into your living room or taking up space in your garden.  They really are one of the best ways to bring the outdoors indoors!

As with French doors, patio doors have a wide range of security features to help deter thieves, and these include the following:

  • They’re fitted with high security hook bolts during installation
  • An anti-drill device is fitted to the locking handle
  • The outer frame is steel-reinforced
  • Anti-slam and anti-lift devices are fitted as standard


Which is Right for Me?

Both French doors and patio doors are manufactured using toughened double glazing for safety, as well as a range of materials to suit your budget, your tastes and your home. However, if you’re considering either of these doors for your property, it’s important that you discuss your requirements with an expert.

At Yorkshire Windows, the team have years of experience to draw on when it comes to supplying and installing high quality French and patio doors, and we know what’s important to each of our clients when it comes to doors.

Our range includes a huge choice of doors of varying sizes, so you can be sure that there’s always something available to suit your requirements.  And whatever material you want your doors to be made from, we can provide you with a low maintenance French or patio door that will look its best for years to come.

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