Sliding Doors vs Swing Doors: Which Patio Door Style is Best for Your Home?

When finding the right door for your patio you may be trying to decide between a sliding door versus a swing door. Both are great choices for your home and can bring the outdoors in and create a smooth transition to your beautiful backyard.

To help you make the best patio door style choice for your home, we will look into the different features of sliding doors and swing doors.

First, we will start by going over the operation of each patio door style.

Sliding Doors

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Patio Door Configuration Options

Sliding doors are designed to slide horizontally and do not swing open. They are available in several different configurations and can designed to be left-hand or right-hand operated. Sliding doors create a smooth transition blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

Swing Doors

Swinging Patio Door
Swinging Patio Door Configuration Options

Swinging doors are designed to swing in or out and can be designed to be left-hand or right-hand operated. Available in several different configurations, French doors are the popular choice for high traffic areas and are known for their traditional beauty.

Space

Depending on the room and the amount of space surrounding the patio door can be a huge factor when it comes to deciding which patio door you choose for your home.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are great for small spaces. Sliding on a single track, side to side, they do not require a lot of space, so you can fit any furniture or home décor items by the doors.

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

French swinging doors on the other hand open inward or outward, so there is space that is needed to allow the door to open and close. The area around the door will need to be left clear, so that means, depending on the swing door operation, no patio furniture or interior furniture close to the doors.

Design

Sliding and swinging patio doors have distinct styles that can complement the modern home or the more traditional home and bring out its true beauty.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are perfect for modern style homes characterized by narrow frames and clean lines.

Anlin sliding patio doors are available in 4 ½ inch rails to give the door the look of a wooden or French swinging door. This may be an option if you need a sliding door to fit your space, but the style of your home fits a more traditional look.

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

French swinging doors are considered more traditional and are famous for their use in historical homes. These doors are great for Colonial and Victorian style homes and also known for their use in luxurious style homes.

Ventilation

Both sliding and French swinging patio doors have their pros and cons when it comes to ventilation.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

Sliding doors come with screens so the doors can be left open to let air in or out, while keeping out dirt, debris and bugs. The only downside is that sliding doors only open so far, so you are limited on the amount of airflow.

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

French Swinging doors can be opened fully allowing as much air in or out as you need. The only disadvantage is that swing doors do not come with screens, so if the doors are left open bugs, dirt and debris can enter the home. You can add sidelights with screens, which can allow some airflow, but it is limited.

Maintenance

Both sliding doors and Swing doors require some maintenance to remain working properly.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

To keep your sliding door operating easy and smooth you’ll need to ensure the track is clean and clear of dirt and debris. This may have to be cleaned often if in a high traffic area.

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

Hinges on a swing door can become stiff requiring some maintenance to have the doors working properly again, opening with little effort.

View

If you want to let the outdoors in and open up your home, you may prefer one patio door style over the other. Sliding doors have the advantage when it comes to views and letting light in.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

If you are looking to open up your view and bring the outside in, sliding doors are the best choice. Sliding doors have narrower frame and can go larger in size than swing doors, offering more glass viewing area.

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

Swing doors are made with a wider frame than sliding doors and offers less glass viewing area. The middle of the swing door where French doors meet also blocks the outside view.

Operation

Both patio door styles are easy to operate.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

Sliding doors are supported by rollers on a track for easy operation. Sliding doors are typically heavier than swing doors because they are larger and have more glass. Anlin’s sliding doors come with 2 sets of 4 rollers “QuadraGlide” for a lifetime of smooth operation. Learn More

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

Swing doors are easy to operate as well, but when there are high outside winds, they can be hard to open and close.

Security

Swing doors may outperform sliding doors when it comes to security.

Sliding Patio Door
Sliding Doors

Sliding doors have more glass area and less frame than swing doors. Anlin sliding patio doors come with two heavy-duty locking hooks and an optional deadbolt feature for added security. Laminated security glass is also available for Anlin sliding doors. Learn More

Swinging Patio Door
Swing Doors

Swing doors are more secure with less glass area and more frame.  Anlin swing doors are built with a 3-point locking system that activates three solid metal posts, one each at the top, middle and bottom of door, while a dead bolt adds yet another level of security. The 3-point locking system is more secure than just a handle lock. Laminated security glass is also available for Anlin swing doors. Learn More

If you are considering replacing your patio doors, explore Anlin Windows & Doors or contact an Authorized Anlin Dealer to get started – Find a Dealer.

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