IMPACT SLIDING DOORS VS IMPACT FRENCH DOORS
WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Patio renovations are an extremely popular choice for homeowners as they offer both immediate value and future resale value. Choosing impact-resistant patio doors to complement a patio renovation may leave some homeowners wondering which door bests suits his or her lifestyle.
Impact Sliding Glass Doors:
Impact sliding glass doors are framed panes of glass that open by rolling along tracks. Up to 8 panes of glass can be placed on a multiple track configuration, creating relatively unobstructed views and allowing for multiple open access points. The sliding function of the impact glass panes also saves space; unlike hinged doors, impact sliding glass doors do slide open rather than swinging open. This is an ideal solution for small patio spaces. However, impact sliding glass doors have limited options when it comes to glass; with the exception of tint and muntins (decorative grids), impact sliding glass doors cannot be etched and do not offer decorative glass features.
Impact French Doors:
Impact French doors are traditional hinged doors that swing open and utilize a turn handle. Known for their beauty, impact French doors add charm and complement a variety of architectural styles. They can be used to fit any size space as they are not limited to tracks. Unlike impact sliding glass doors, impact French doors offer homeowners a variety of customizations options. In addition to tint and muntins (decorative grids), homeowners can opt for decorative glass inserts such as RSL or ODL. Impact French doors tend to be more expensive than impact sliding glass doors, costing approximately 30%-40% more on average.
In the past impact French doors were considered to be more secure than impact sliding glass door. Present day impact sliding glass door manufacturers have solved this issue by introducing multiple point locking systems. Both impact sliding glass doors and impact French doors now feature multiple point locking systems and because they are made with impact glass they are more secure than their non-impact counterparts.
Regardless if a homeowner chooses impact sliding glass doors or impact French doors, homeowners will have to perform regular maintenance. All moving parts will need to be lubricated from time to time. Luckily, the majority of maintenance will mostly pertain to cleaning with soap and water.
Both impact sliding glass doors and impact French doors come in aluminum and vinyl options. For more information on vinyl versus aluminum please click this link.