The Difference Between French Doors and Sliding Doors

By February 12, 2019Blog
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Keen for more natural light in your home?

Choosing the perfect set of patio doors for your property can be a key factor in increasing the amount of light that streams into your home. If you’re considering new patio doors, there are many styles to choose from, including sliding doors, bi-fold doors, and French doors.

French doors and sliding doors are currently the most popular options that people in the UK opt for. Read on for a closer look at both to help you decide:


French doors

French doors are hinged and open from the centre in a swinging manner. You can open one side or both doors at the same time.

Design-wise, they’re more traditional looking than modern. They could be more suitable for a home with more ‘classic’ style of decor. Their frames are chunkier than sliding glass doors, and you get less natural light as they have smaller dimensions.

French doors can bring a touch of elegance to your home. The frames are usually made of either uPVC or aluminium, and you can choose from  a wide selection of glass decorative options to customise your doors to your taste and personality.


Sliding doors

Also known as gliding patio doors, sliding doors bring in more natural light as they’re made of larger glass planes. As the name suggests, you slide them open and closed. Depending on the style you choose, they could slide over each other or slight out from the centre.

As the doors tuck into each other to open, some people think that sliding doors offer a neater look. This feature also makes them the more space-efficient option. Sliding doors could also be a better choice for those households where there are disabled or elderly people, as they can be slid open with ease whereas french doors can be a little heavier to handle.

Aluminum sliding doors are more contemporary looking, and may fit in well in a home with a more modern style of interior decor. They also offer a more uninterrupted view of the outdoors, as their frames tend to be narrower than french doors.

If you’re worried about insects or pests making their way in when you keep your sliding doors open in the summer, you can also get them with a screen door installed.


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