Installing French hinged patio doors (sometimes called swinging French doors) is a great way to add instant sophistication and architectural interest to your San Diego home. French doors are considered an upgrade to more standard sliding patio doors, and they can really help your home stand out.
Two-panel French hinged doors differ from two-panel sliding patio doors in that both door panels can be operable, swinging out and away from the wall on hinges. With sliding patio doors, only one panel is operable, sliding to the side on tracks. One advantage of French hinged doors over patio doors of approximately the same size, is that you get a wider opening, since both panels open. However, with French hinged doors, you do need to consider the clearance area the doors will need in order to fully open, and you need to make sure your furniture or décor will not get in the way. For this reason, if you have a smaller patio or balcony, sliding patio doors may be a better option.
French hinged doors can open up to a first floor patio or second floor balcony, allowing fresh air into your home and opening up your home to achieve the indoor-outdoor living feel that is so popular in San Diego homes.
French hinged doors can also be used in the interior of a home for added elegance. Often, French hinged doors are installed inside a home to divide a space, without closing it off completely—like between a living room and dining room. By using French hinged doors in this way, you can still open them up when you want to have a more open floor plan.
You don’t have to sacrifice energy efficiency with French doors. The French hinged doors we install are extremely energy-efficient, with dual-pane insulation and fusion-welded corners.
Some of our customers have expressed concerns about the safety of French doors for their homes. The manufacturers we use, like Anlin Window Systems, offer added safety features to their French doors like a three-point stainless steel locking system. Their doors also have an exterior glaze, which means the insulated seal where the glass and frame meet can only be penetrated from the inside of the home. Anlin doors have also passed a voluntary stringent “Forced Entry” resistance test, assuring that they are extremely safe.
If you are considering adding French hinged doors to your San Diego home, contact BM Windows today! We offer a great selection of top quality replacement window and door products that will add value to your home and make it more energy efficient. Our knowledgeable and helpful team can answer all of your questions and can even come to your home for a free, no obligation consultation.