Hinged Vs. Sliding Patio Doors: Which Option Is Best?


Fairly typical hinged french doors opening onto an outdoor patio

You can never go wrong with patio doors. They are functional, beautiful, and enable quick access between your great outdoor space and cozy indoor area. 

Each type of patio door comes with different features that you and your home can benefit from. But… How to choose between sliding patio doors and hinged patio doors? Read on to discover which door type might fit your needs the best. 

Hinged Patio Doors

Hinged patio doors are known as garden or French doors and their classic appearance. 

These doors are usually made from wood, aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass and doors can be constructed to open the inside and make access to outside space easy. 

French doors can be installed as a single swinging door, a matching pair, or even in a series that spreads out throughout the width of an entire wall. 

The most popular option is the traditional Frenchs Door style,  which features a pair of matching swing doors side by side.  If you go for this door style you can expect to make your home more spacious, keep more heat in, and enable energy-efficiency all-year-round. 

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding doors can have two or more panes that are set horizontally on a track with a specially designed system that ensures they open and close fast, smoothly, and quietly. 

All sliding doors are impact-resistant thanks to dual strength tempered glass which also makes a safe option. A great feature of sliding doors is that they don’t need additional floor space to swing open which makes them perfect for any room layout. 

Thanks to modern industry standards, sliding doors always come with a more efficient seal: this means better soundproofing and energy-efficiency.

The Verdict

Not sure if you need sliding or hinged doors? You know that you want a maximum light in, but have no idea how to choose? When in doubt, contact ClearMax® Windows and Doors consultant to help you navigate through your search and help you choose the best doors for your home.