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Hinged vs Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors leading to an outdoor dining area

Patio doors give you access to your yard and can be customized to match your home's style and decor. There are two main options for functionality, hinged and sliding. The hinged option creates a more classic look, whereas sliding patio doors are often more modern.

More information about the difference between hinged and sliding doors:

Hinged Patio Doors

Hinged doors can swing in or out depending on the amount of space you have. You may sometimes hear people refer to hinged doors as French doors. However, this is only one style that is available. You can also install sliding doors that mimic the look of French hinged doors.

Hinged patio doors are a great option if you want a traditional and timeless appearance. You can customize the glass, grid, and configuration to suit your preferences. One of the advantages of these types of doors is that they can create a wider opening, which is helpful for moving furniture inside or outside. However, you do need to make sure you have enough space for the doors to swing in or out. If not, sliding doors may be a better option for your home.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors open horizontally, which makes them a great option for when you want to save space. You can add more panels to fit larger openings and there are different options for how the panels will slide open.

Sliding glass doors usually have a smaller frame than hinged doors, which allows them to let in more natural light. This style typically fits best with a contemporary aesthetic, but it is possible to customize your doors for any style.

What to Consider for Both Types of Doors

Energy Efficiency

Since patio doors often have large panels of glass that let light in, it's important to consider how this affects your home's heating and cooling system. Both hinged and sliding patio doors can result in heat gain and loss. To reduce this, consider the energy-efficient options that we have available.

Fresh Air

You can add a screen to either of these types of doors to let in fresh air while keeping pests out. This is more common for sliding patio doors, but it is possible to add a sliding screen to a hinged door.


Patio doors are a more common target for intruders than your front door, so it's important to make sure they are secure. Check to see what features are available for your door and consider installing a security system for added protection.

Beautiful and Functional Patio Doors

At Window World of Tucson, we offer both hinged and sliding patio doors in a variety of styles. One of our experts can meet with you in-person or virtually to discuss your options.

To discuss installing new hinged or sliding patio doors for your home, contact us today.

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