Sliding Vs. Hinged Patio Doors: WhichModern kitchen with wood flooring, kitchen island and barstools, and hinged patio door open inward 45 degrees. Are Best for Your Home?

If you’re someone who enjoys splitting your time at home between the indoors and outdoors, you would probably benefit from having an updated set of patio doors. After all, struggling to slide your existing doors open or not being able to fully close them doesn’t exactly bode well for functionality, safety, or energy efficiency. Whatever type of patio doors you currently have adorning your back entryway, you know you want to replace them with either sliding or hinged patio doors because of their bright and spacious feel. But, you’re stuck deciding between the two. The choice will most likely come down to personal preferences, depending on which features and advantages you value most.

To ensure you make the right decision for your home, let’s take a closer look at each.

Sliding Patio Doors

As their name suggests, sliding patio doors operate by gliding horizontally along a rail. There are many configurations available these days, though most people opt for one functioning and one stationary panel. This style is especially popular for its ability to ventilate a home without having the whole door open. Additionally, sliding patio doors are a wonderful choice for homes with high foot traffic or tight spaces, as they don’t swing open. And because these particular doors cannot be slammed shut, they are also great for households with children.

Hinged Patio Doors

Just like sliding doors, hinged patio doors can be configured various ways, but most frequently are hinged at the sides and swing towards each other, meeting in the middle. You may choose to have hinged doors installed for a multitude of reasons, including for their:

  • Classic, timeless appearance
  • Ability to open widely
  • Incredible customizability

Can’t Decide Between Sliding or French Patio Doors?

What if you love the look of hinged Frenchwood doors, but do not have sufficient space in your home to accommodate for their swinging configuration? Fortunately, there is a desirable option available: sliding French patio doors. These doors operate the same way as sliding modern patio doors but closely resemble the appearance of hinged French doors. This way, you can enjoy the easy operation of gliding patio doors but admire the more timeless appearance of hinged doors.

Get the Right Doors From RBA of Greater Wisconsin

If you’re still unsure of which patio door option would best suit your home, you can turn to the dedicated and experienced team at RBA of Greater Wisconsin for assistance. As the leading window and door company in the Greater Green Bay area, we offer an impressive selection of top-tier patio doors and would be happy to provide our professional input as to which option is best suited for your home. As the area’s exclusive provider of Renewal by Andersen® products, we are proud to carry some of the best sliding modern, hinged, and sliding French patio doors around. Patio doors from this manufacturer stand apart from others you’ll find on the market as they feature frames made from an engineered lumber called Fibrex®. This Andersen-exclusive material is twice as strong as vinyl and 700 times more effective at preventing heat transfer than aluminum, not to mention it won’t rot like real wood can.

Outfitted with low-E glass and continuous weatherstripping, Andersen patio doors can greatly improve your home’s thermal performance by effectively reducing heat transfer. What’s more, our patio doors can be customized in numerous configurations, interior and exterior colors, hardware finishes, and optional grille patterns, so you surely won’t feel limited in your choices.

Get Started Today

Whatever you have in mind for your home’s back entryway, RBA of Greater Wisconsin will work closely with you to bring your vision to life. We’ll discuss all of our options in-depth, help you pick the best style, personalize your patio doors, and expertly install them before backing your investment with an ironclad limited transferrable warranty. Ultimately, you’ll receive comprehensive, streamlined service and be left with a stunning set of new patio doors that are totally unique to your Wisconsin home. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.

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