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French vs. Contemporary Sliding Doors: Which One Wins?

The French and sliding door systems are two of the most popular transitional elements connecting the patio and the adjacent interior. Homeowners are divided between them, and it is not hard to see why.


Both types have unique sets of qualities that make them stand out. Which one should you choose as a replacement unit? Let Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta explore what these doors do well.

French Doors

  • Respect Tradition – The French door system is the epitome of old-world architecture. Its stiles and rails are made up of wide boards that makes each panel imposing. When adorned with historically accurate grilles, this type of unit can be an excellent focal point.

  • Open Wide – Like casement windows, French doors swing open. From a practical point of view, they ventilate the interior space exceptionally and provide plenty of access. When opened completely, they help erase the evidence of doors, which can seamlessly tie the patio with the rest of the house.

  • Protect Relentlessly – Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta’s hinged Frenchwood® door is equipped with a five-point locking mechanism. In addition to the standard exterior keyed lock, this sophisticated system fastens the active panel to the other and attaches the passive one to the header and the threshold.

Sliding Doors

  • Celebrate the Modern Aesthetic – Unlike French doors, contemporary gliding units boast slim framing to be consistent with the affinity of modern architectural styles with large unbroken glass.

  • Bring the Outdoor in – Thanks to their abundant uninterrupted glass area, sliding patio doors capture the charm of nature like no other. Their narrow frames are practically inconspicuous. When combined with picture windows that wrap around the wall, sliding doors can display sweeping panoramas.

  • Maximize Real Estate – Gliding doors are perfect for houses with limited floor or yard area. They allow furniture arrangement in close proximity, and they never block pathways to allow smooth flow of foot traffic.

Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta offers not only the classic designs of swinging French and contemporary sliding door systems but also a combination of both. Our sliding Frenchwood door is a category of its own.

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May 25, 2016

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