When it comes to making improvements in our homes, we’re all keen to do our research. The internet has given birth to a new age of comparison culture. We compare banks, holiday providers, cafés and, yes, window and door suppliers too.
More than that though, we compare types of products too. Why? Well, for those of us without an extensive history in the window and door world, the difference between sash and casement windows or composite and aluminium doors isn’t always clear.
At Tru-Plas, we’ve always put immense pride in our ability to help our customers know what they need, rather than tell them what they want. It’s why we train our customer service team to always prioritise helping our customers rather than selling to them.
Some questions, however, are simply better off searched for on Google. Questions like ‘What’s the difference between sliding doors and French doors?’. In this guide, we’re going to share with you the answer to just that question. Let’s get started.
What are French Doors?
French doors first emerged from – you guessed it – France in the 17th century. Today, however, French doors are found throughout the world, and the term is synonymous with a certain type of gateway into our gardens. Put simply, French doors are hinged at the sides and open outwards from the centre in a swinging manner.
Most modern French doors let you open one side of the door without opening the other, offering a greater level of flexibility.
In terms of design, French patio doors sit at the ‘classical’ end of home design, with beautiful, traditional glazing and an overall design which compliments the vast majority of window designs. French doors can be made from wood, composite, aluminium or uPVC. However, uPVC is by far the most common choice.
What are Sliding Doors?
Sliding doors – no, not the film – are an alternative to traditional French patio doors. But what’s different about them? Well, the clue is in their name – they slide, rather than open out.
Made of large glass panes, these doors slide on a railing system out of the way when you want to open them, and simply slide back when you want to close them. Because they’re made from larger sheets of glass, they let in more light and offer a more modern appearance than French doors. Advancements in manufacturing techniques have enabled these doors to glide effortlessly.
Much like French doors, they’re available in a variety of materials to suit your home, including uPVC and aluminium, but wooden sliding doors aren’t commonplace.
Which is Right for You: Sliding Doors or French Doors?
The choice of whether sliding doors or French doors for your home is a tricky one, and ultimately it all depends on which you think would suit both your lifestyle and your home.
French doors offer classical beauty, blending in with older, more traditional homes and feature advanced safety features. Sliding doors offer a more modern experience, with plenty of light for the home and a beautiful window out into your garden. They can also benefit older people, as they’re easy to open with smooth sliding mechanisms.
Thinking of investing in new patio doors? Get in touch with a member of our team today.
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