Instead of using windows to connect your indoor and outdoor spaces, modern houses today use exterior french doors to allow more natural light inside your homes. Here are a few types of exterior french doors you may consider.
1. Double Swingers
There are two types of double, swinging french doors: in-swingers and out-swingers. While in-swingers feel more natural to access your backyard patio, out-swingers provide more resistance towards the hard-blowing wind.
You’ll get an even more spacious feel by installing a pair of matching windows on the sides.
The glass material makes the room feel more open and connected to nature.
2. Single Swingers
Single-swinging, exterior french doors usually only open inwards. These doors mostly lead directly towards the backyard or side yard.
Adding a permanent sidelight on one side gives you the impression that there was a pair of them. Alternatively, you can install a center-hinged swinger so that it would appear that you use a double-swinger. Instead, it is actually your sidelight that is as large as your swinger.
A single swinger door looks more elegant with one sidelight.
If you want to enhance the style, you can add double venting sidelights like this one.
3. Single Sliders
Using sliders, you won’t have to make extra space to accommodate the swinging of your exterior french doors. Sliders allow you to maintain your opening accordingly as they don’t slide shut or open automatically.
Sliding doors offer a sleek design for it’s not swing in or out the room. You can even place a chair to enjoy the view outside from inside the room.
You can make use of small spaces with a sliding door. Choose the color and design that blends beautifully to the interior and exterior to create a cohesive look.
Or, use natural material that match the indoor and and outdoor furniture to create a more integrated design.
4. Telescoping Sliders
You can install telescoping sliders to make your exterior french doors a lot cooler. Depending on the size of your opening and available space, you can setup multiple door panels that will be staggered as the french door is opened.
But, bear in mind that the installation is a lot more complex and the railings, as well as the door panels, take more space.
This French door type not only looks more elegant but also offer a really wide opening, and you can adjust it as you need.
For a seamless design, choose telescopic glass door with thin frame.
There are two different types of telescoping sliders, ones that open to one side and ones that open from the middle to the opposite sides.
Well, those are basically all the types of exterior french doors you may consider: the sliders and the swingers. Next, you will need to learn about the types of light you wish to let passing through before picking the right exterior french doors for your home. Have fun exploring your options!