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There are a number of important distinctions from the two, but what is the key difference between patio and French doors? The main one being how they open. French doors are operated like a traditional door in the sense that they are hinged and open inwards or outwards. Conversely, patio doors are opened by sliding them to one side via a track. However, this is not the only area where they differ. There’s plenty more, and we’ve looked into them for this post.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN SIZE BETWEEN PATIO & FRENCH DOORS?

FRENCH DOORS

A set of French doors consists of two individual doors sat side by side, and their size limitations are as follows:

The maximum size for a door panel is approximately 900mm. Therefore, their overall width is around 1800mm. The minimum size per door is approximately 600mm, giving a minimum overall width of 1200mm. Due to their relatively limited size, they’re a great way to transition between the home and garden for smaller properties. When the doors are open, however, they leave a wide, open space.

PATIO DOORS

Patio doors consist of 2, 3 or 4 glazed panels and their width is dictated by their height and weight. This allows them to fill sizable apertures. They usually feature 2 glazed panels. One panel is fixed, leaving the other to slide open. This means that they will also block half of the space they take up at all times. However, as they slide to one side instead of opening inwards or outwards, they won’t open into a room or out into the garden, so they won’t take up any floor space.

 

ARE FRENCH AND PATIO DOORS BETTER SUITED TO CERTAIN TYPES OF PROPERTY?

French doors have their origins in the 17th century and are regularly equipped with Georgian bars for classic, elegant style. For this reason, they greatly enhance older styles of home, especially if a woodgrain finish has been applied to them.

Sliding patio doors are a more recent addition to installer’s portfolios. They feature minimal framing and large glazed areas so are great for modern homes. Aluminium options have even thinner framework so they epitomise the modern look to the fullest extent.

It’s important to note that, with the right colour and design configuration, either option can be adapted to suit a variety of properties.

WHAT SIMILARITIES DO PATIO AND FRENCH DOORS HAVE?

Putting their differences aside, patio & French doors actually have a number of similarities. Both will open up your home to the outdoors, brightening it up with lashings of natural light and ventilating it with huge quantities of fresh air. Here at Maybank Solutions, both also come with multi-point locks, to keep your home secure from potential intruders. They also feature thermally efficient designs and high-performance gaskets, to keep your property free from the cold and weather too.

Interested in either option for your home? Give us a call on 0800 1588 285 or contact us online and see how patio & French doors from Maybank Solutions can improve your home.