Patio doors are the perfect access points between your outdoor and indoor living spaces. If you’re looking to install one, you’ll typically choose between hinged and sliding options. While both are ideal in most home styles, they each have different features to consider.
Their Key Differences
- Hinged patio doors consist of either a solid wooden panel or a hollow core door affixed to a jamb with at least two hinges. Depending on the size, more hinges are often required to support taller doors beyond average height. Stronger and sturdier hinges may also be needed if the doors are bigger and heavier than average. They can be either single-hinged with a sidelight or double-hinged which swings open from the center. These are also referred to as French patio doors.
- Sliding patio doors are more contemporary in design compared to their traditional counterparts. They essentially combine the save-spacing convenience of a sliding door with the fine detailing of a hinged patio door. They also don’t swing outwards or inwards – instead, they slide to the left or right depending on the configuration. Sliding patio doors may either have one operating panel and one stationary panel, or both panels working together.
Both hinged and sliding patio doors are available in a wide range of market options. This means you won’t have any trouble finding the right style, but you should also consider other factors. These include the location and the amount of opening space you have to work with for your patio doors. For instance, you’re better off with a sliding option than a hinged one if you have limited space for your patio door.
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