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2 Sliding Glass Door Problems That French Patio Doors Solve

Have you recently purchased an older home? If you are like most people, you might have a long list of potential home upgrades in queue for the next time you come across a little extra cash. However, before you replace those laminate countertops or repaint that wood burning stove, you should consider the fact that the sliding glass door off of your kitchen might be just as unsightly—and nonfunctional. Here are two sliding glass door problems that French patio doors solve and why you should make the switch:

1: Difficulty Opening And Closing the Door

Few things are worse than trying to open or close a tough sliding glass door. If those tracks are dirty, that door might feel like it weighs a thousand pounds. This seemingly insignificant problem can even pose safety hazards for your family, since children can have a difficult time opening or closing heavy doors. If your kids need to get out of the house quickly or come inside before that rogue dog gets to them, they might have a difficult time pulling shut that antiquated glass door. Sliding glass doors can also come out of the tracks if they are pushed or pulled hard enough, creating a potentially deadly situation. If the door falls, it could land on someone or send glass shards flying through your home.

Fortunately, French patio doors are fixed on regular door hinges, just like the rest of the doors in your home. Instead of having to put all of your weight into closing the door, all you have to do it shut the door and turn the deadbolt. Since the doors are fixed on hinges instead of sliding back and forth within a track, you won't have to worry about things like dead bugs and dirt collecting and limiting movement. Also, because the doors can be swung out of the way, the area underneath the doors is easier to sweep and vacuum.

If you are worried about French doors being more prone to things like burglary, you shouldn't be. French doors are designed so that they can't be kicked open. When you activate the deadbolt in the middle of the doors, it moves a steel rod into the top and bottom of the door frame. In addition to securing the center seam of the doors, this steel rod also connects both doors together, creating a solid barrier to anyone trying to invade your home.

2: A Narrow Entry and Exit

If you are like most people who relocate, you might find yourself shopping around for furniture that fits your new space. Unfortunately, if you aren't careful, that gorgeous leather sectional that you special ordered might not fit through the front door—or any of the other entryways into your home.

Most people don't realize it, but sliding glass doors have one fatal flaw—they only open halfway. Because one of the glass panes is permanently fixed in place, that entryway will always be half closed. Fortunately, French doors solve this age-old problem. Because both sides of French doors swing wide open, they can be used to create a large entryway and exit for your home. This makes it easy to move in large furniture pieces, or simply open up your entire space.

For example, if your French doors open up to a patio area, you might be able to create a great indoor-outdoor space where you can host parties. Guests who prefer to stay outside can do so without feeling closed off, and people who like the warmth of your place can hang out inside.  

By replacing your sliding glass door with a set of double French patio doors, you might be able to make your kitchen look incredible—while improving the functionality of your entire space.

For more information, contact a company like Fas Windows and Doors.