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French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: January 31, 2015 05:03PM
We've got some french doors on our house that we're going to replace sometime soon. The threshold plate has a gap in it that used to be filled with a rubber piece, that has since rotted and fallen apart. I sealed it for now. It also wasn't installed very well, so it isn't hung quite right. Some of the other rubber seals (eg under the door) are also shot, and they're unique enough there's not a replacement part that will work. The other thing that's unique about these, is it seems like most french doors don't have a flush threshold. This one does, and thus it doesn't seal well at the bottom.

The seal between the glass on one of the doors is going, so moisture is starting to get between the two. I had a contractor friend look at the doors a couple years ago and he looked for parts to fix them, but said we would probably be better of just replacing them.

We started thinking replacing them with a sliding glass door might be better. We rarely open up both doors, so having the extra opening that being able to open both sides gives, is not of much use. We would like to put a screen on it, and that's much easier with a sliding glass door.

What are some other pros/cons of one door type over the other?

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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 31, 2015 05:28PM
it really depends on how it looks like in that particular house, and what you prefer. That being said, where I grew up we had plenty of French and/or folding doors, I don't remember any sliding door in the houses of my family or our relatives. I would choose sliding for a more modern look, or French (maybe folding) for a more traditional look.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 31, 2015 05:36PM
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: January 31, 2015 05:49PM
You are complaining about loosing things you will never have with a slider.






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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: January 31, 2015 05:50PM
Go for the best of both worlds -- "wood"-look sliding doors that look like french doors.

Here:
[www.pella.com]

Pella also has actual wooden sliding doors at a higher cost...
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
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Date: January 31, 2015 05:54PM
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 31, 2015 06:04PM
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Hate our slider, love the French.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: January 31, 2015 06:25PM
We just had French doors put in our dining room. I should say door, because the righthand side is a fixed window that matches the French door on the left. We've been very happy with that arrangement; like you we didn't see many times where we'd need to be able to open both doors.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: January 31, 2015 06:25PM
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Hate our slider, love the French.

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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: January 31, 2015 06:34PM
The single French door with matching window is cheaper than two French doors, is more weathertight and is more secure.

FWIW, we have a 90-year-old Tudor house, there's no way a sliding door was going to fit in terms of style.







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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 31, 2015 06:58PM
Since both french doors open, you can have a very wide access sliders wouldn't give you.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 31, 2015 07:18PM
Space prevented me from getting French doors. Not enough room to open the door into the rooms and leave it open. Otherwise I'd have gotten them over sliders.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 31, 2015 07:20PM
our pellas are 40 years old. I like them. I don't like the new pella company attitude, but the old doors are nice.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 31, 2015 07:28PM
I've had both and I think the french doors look better but the sliding door is more functional because of the built in screen. It is possible to install a screen with a french door but last time I checked it was several hundred dollars.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: jims
Date: January 31, 2015 08:17PM
We had the Pella sliding door which was destroyed when our house was broken into. It was a very strong door and took them 8 tries to get in. Pella rep said he had never seen one torn up that bad. We replaced it with Pella french doors. For security reasons my wife wanted to have only one side open. It has a better locking system than the sliding doors. I really like it better than the sliding door.

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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 31, 2015 10:38PM
French
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: January 31, 2015 11:05PM
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Pretty much all those reasons only apply to doors made twenty years ago. There are very secure sliding glass doors, triple pane, easy to clean the tracks. It's just finding a good manufacturer, and installer if you're not going to do it yourself.

Edit: If you can find a French door brand locally that you like, I'd say they are a little bit better just because you have a wider opening. You already know about the problem with the French door threshold seal not working well after several years, it's essentially a comparable problem to the sliding door track getting dirty.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 31, 2015 11:12PM
"Pretty much all those reasons only apply to doors made twenty years ago."

Sliding doors are much better than they were twenty years ago, but all those reasons still apply.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 01, 2015 10:31AM
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"Pretty much all those reasons only apply to doors made twenty years ago."

Sliding doors are much better than they were twenty years ago, but all those reasons still apply.

They both have their pluses and minuses. I'm not a home contractor nor do I play one on TV. The best thing to do is talk to one who has installed both types of doors and see what their opinions. I don't know any four members right off that are home building contractors, so if he's going to have to search out a third party if he wants an ubiased opinion.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 01, 2015 10:44AM
Everything French is better. Food, Wine, Lovers, even Doors.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Carm
Date: February 01, 2015 11:21AM
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I've had both and I think the french doors look better but the sliding door is more functional because of the built in screen. It is possible to install a screen with a french door but last time I checked it was several hundred dollars.

I had inswing opening facing french doors and it included a sliding screen (home depot, lowes). Found the french doors with embedded blinds to work better than any external blinds/cover solution.

Outward swinging doors would require a retractable screen that cost more.

Another option would be to do as someone else mentioned about french looking doors, one side is a door and the other is a fixed window space filler.

IMHO, French doors are the way to go.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: billb
Date: February 01, 2015 11:46AM
Some french door have a bifold screen door available.

Functionally I prefer a slider.
Aesthetically a french door.



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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 01, 2015 11:54AM
" talk to one who has installed both types of doors "


I have. Too many times to count. Your assumptions are no better than your construction advice.
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 01, 2015 12:19PM
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Space prevented me from getting French doors. ...

when did I do that?
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: max
Date: February 01, 2015 04:24PM
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Space prevented me from getting French doors. ...

when did I do that?
...in different time....
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Re: French doors vs sliding glass door - what's your take?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 05, 2015 04:58PM
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" talk to one who has installed both types of doors "

I have. Too many times to count. Your assumptions are no better than your construction advice.

Your opinion. Two days ago I went along with a friend to look at houses. French doors about 12 years old, leaking threshold seal, ruined wood floor. I have never seen a problem like this with similar aged sliding glass doors unless the installer goofed up sealing the bottom of the door frame to the wood below.



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