Can You Replace a Sliding Glass Door with French Doors?


While it’s common in a retrofit or a remodel to replace an old sliding door with a new sliding door, swinging French doors may be a great solution to refresh your home and provide a little change of pace.

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adding French patio doors in your home:

Swinging French Doors - Space Requirements

Hinged doors require objects to be well away from the door, so you need to consider the additional space required when they are fully opened. Think about the location of your current sliding glass door that needs replacement and make sure the door panels won’t hit a wall or piece of furniture.

In swing patio door

In-swing patio doors open into the room (like the image shown here) whereas out-swing patio doors open to the exterior space.

Out swing patio door

Replacement Patio Doors - Material Types

One of the reasons you may be looking for French doors is the age of your current sliding door and its ability to open easily. Older patio doors may be difficult to operate, so, the thought of a door that glides open smoothly can be very appealing. If you want to replace your existing sliding patio door with a French sliding door or  French in-swing or out-swing patio doors you have the option of two different frame materials to choose from:


Tuscany® Series Vinyl French Patio Door


Black Bean Fiberglass French Patio doors

Patio Door Options and Upgrades

As you look at replacing your sliding patio door with a French patio door, there are a variety of options and upgrades to consider.

The style and color of the door handle can be upgraded and you can also add grids, for a traditional French door look.

Swing door handle upgrade options

Sidelites can also be used for more light and ventilation.

Black French Patio Door

Why Homeowners Choose French Doors

French doors evoke a sense of style, elegance and history. They can help create a striking ambiance that adds visual character from both inside and outside a home.

Swinging French door with grids

Some homeowners feel the swinging French door style provides a grand view and adds an air of elegance over sliding doors, but, the choice is ultimately up to you.

When you hear the words “French Doors”, you may picture a door that swings inward or outward on hinges, but, did you know it’s the wider lower rail that gives French doors its recognizable style?

French doors are available in both sliding door and swinging door operating styles, so, you can achieve the look, no matter which operating style you choose.

Ultra™ Series | C650 Black Exterior French Swinging Doors

Patio Door Selection Guide

Now it’s your turn to decide which patio door option is the best for your home. To help, we’ve created this handy patio door selection guide outlining a variety of options to help you get inspired.

Download the Patio Door Selection Guide Now​​Door Selection Guide]


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