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A Quick Guide to Patio Door Options

The patio door seamlessly connects the patio to the indoor areas of your home so you have to make sure you’re getting a door that best suits your needs. According to our team of experts, there are three popular types of patio doors. Here’s a rundown of the three options to help you decide which one to pick.

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Featuring two panels that slide along the frame, sliding windows are popular for their large glass surfaces, which is a common addition to modern-themed homes. Sliding doors are compact so you can install one in your patio without worrying too much about how much floor space is available. Sliding doors look great, especially when paired with sliding windows.


French doors are well known for their fancy style and hinged panels. You can have a French door that opens outwards, inwards or both ways. It’s more common for French doors to have multiple glass panels rather than have a large-continuous glass surface. Because of their classic look, French doors are often installed in homes with a more traditional look.

French Sliding

The “hybrid” option, French sliding doors look very similar to regular French doors, except the panels are designed to slide along rails. This is a great option for those who want to stay true to their home’s traditional look but don’t have the floor space needed for a hinged French door to be a viable option.

Getting Help

Regardless of the type of door you’re getting, you need to have it installed by a team of experienced professionals. This is why we strongly recommend having your doors installed by a certified local contractor. You’ll get a lot of value out of your sliding French patio door if it was installed according to manufacturer’s specifications.

Need help with picking the right patio door? We’re here for you. Renewal by Andersen® of San Diego is the leading window and door contractor in San Diego. You can call us at (858) 877-5172 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.