French Doors or Patio Doors?

French doors fitted in Surbiton

French doors fitted in Surbiton

If you’re thinking of widening an existing door way, or replacing your rotten patio doors, a new set of uPVC doors will make a staggering difference to the appearance of your home. In most cases, modern doors also improve energy efficiency and help to make your home cosier and warmer.

But there’s still one decision to make: should you go for French doors, or patio doors? If you’re not sure what the difference is, read on for more details of both.

Door Design

French Doors open on both sides and provide a wide access point to the home. They can open inwards or outwards, depending on your own preference and the way your garden or patio is laid out.

With a patio door, one pane slides behind the other, which gives you a smaller opening. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they are less versatile.

The double door arrangement of French doors can offer generous access – handy if you have a pushchair or a wheelchair to get in and out. Additionally, moving furniture in and out of a house is much easier when you have a wider access point – sliding doors don’t offer this convenience.

But the beauty of patio doors is that they are more or less wind resistant – they won’t blow shut in a storm, which can be safer for little ones. You can open the doors slightly to ventilate a room without worrying about the doors moving around.

This also means tots won’t trap their fingers in the hinge.


French doors look fantastic in period homes where you want to maintain a traditional and conservative appearance. You can opt for a variety of different finishes, including wood grain effects, to match the existing windows or create a feature.

In contrast, sliding patio doors offer clean, sleek lines with slim frames and small handles. This can reduce clutter and make the doors look more modern.


All modern doors are manufactured to current Building Regulations and offer superb security and multi-point locks as standard. There’s little difference between the doors in this respect.

You can opt for double or triple glazing to enhance protection, or select laminated glass to reduce the risk that the doors will smash if hit with an object.

As always, a modern door will always be more secure than an old door that is starting to show its age.

Making the Choice

Merton Windows is one of Surrey’s leading glazing suppliers, and we have extensive experience in surveying properties and recommending the right doors. When you call us for a visit, we’ll look at the access into your home, the way your furniture is positioned, and the aspect. If you’re not sure what kind of door to go for, our professional advice will guide you as you move towards a decision.

With a complete fitting and measuring service, and a comprehensive quality promise, it’s never been a better time to switch to uPVC doors. Contact us today and speak to a friendly sales adviser to find out more about the products we can offer.