Security Check: French Patio Door vs. Sliding Doors

Security is an aspect that should be carefully looked at when choosing the right patio door.

Homeowners should pick a durable patio door that can withstand strong forces of nature for a long period of time. And, of course, the door should protect your house from the possibility of intrusion. So, if your patio door is already showing signs of deterioration, you should consider replacing your door immediately.

Among the best options for patio doors today are the French and sliding patio doors. But which are better when it comes to security?

1. Mechanism 

If you want a traditional sliding door, you should know that the opening space of the door will be slightly smaller due to the fixed part of the door. The other side of the panel can be moved to close and open the door. A sliding door is composed of two panels of glass which are mounted on sliding rollers.

As for French doors, it usually uses several frames containing transparent panels installed in series or pairs. It uses weatherstripping at the bottom part to prevent water from coming in.

2. Locking and Security

Doors play an important role in the house and not just for aesthetic purposes. Patio doors, for example, serve as a protection against security threats. Just like windows, a patio door can be an entry point for intruders. In this case, French patio doors are much more effective than sliding doors because of their dependable locking system.

3. Space and View

When talking about adding space and natural light, French patio doors are much more dominant because they can be installed in a series of panels, creating more space for light to enter your home. As for sliding doors, the stationary part creates a little bit of obstruction to the views.

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