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Patio Door Basics: Styles and Customization Options to Consider – Part 2: Hinged French Patio Doors

Hinged French doors are still the golden standard for both new and upgraded homes. This door style originates as far back as 17th century Europe, recognizable by the glass panes that extend along most of its length. The rise of Renaissance art and architecture put heavy emphasis on symmetry and light, resulting in the use of glass panes that define the modern French door. Today, this option remains a popular choice for homes because of its functionality and timeless good looks.  

Why Hinged French Patio Doors May Be Your Best Option

This door style combines style and functionality to their best effect, making it a worthy investment. In fact, French doors:

  • Add to Your Curb Appeal. The door’s classic design instantly adds a touch of elegance to your home. French doors can serve as instant focal point in any room, available in single and double-door formats and can be customized with your choice of colors, hardware and grilles. French doors usually grace vintage-style homes, but they’re quickly gaining traction in other residential architecture.

  • Create a Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Connection. Like sliding patio doors, French units produce a wide opening that blurs the line between your home’s interior and outdoor living spaces. This makes entertaining a breeze because the opening allows for smoother foot traffic. The expansive glass panes French doors have also increase the sense of space even when they’re closed.

  • Maximize your Home’s Viewing Area. Slim frames and expansive glass (even when divided by grilles) allow hinged French doors to provide a panoramic view of the outdoors.  If you’re particularly proud of your back garden or swimming pool area, for instance, you can use French doors as the perfect frame for this lovely view.

  • Help Save Energy. French doors let in considerable natural light via their large glass panes, resulting in a brighter and more open-looking home while helping minimize lighting bills. Make sure your doors use advanced, energy-efficient glass to block the accompanying heat. When opene hinged French units offer access to healthier, fresher air, improving indoor air quality. Because your home is cooled naturally, you’ll rely less on your air conditioning, leading to significant energy savings.

It’s not enough to choose a good patio door style — you should also consider how you can take advantage of customization options. In Part 3 of this blog series, we’ll be discussing more about this. Stay tuned!


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