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Sliding Door/Hinged Patio Door? (etc)

Carrie B
7 years ago

This is a cross post (posted yesterday) from the Windows Forum:

My new kitchen will be a wide galley at the back of my city row home. My
current plan is to have a sliding glass door out to the garden at the
end of the galley. The door will be used very, very frequently - I spend
lots of time going in & out to the garden. I don't have AC, will
want screen doors, and, when the weather is nice (and even if it is very
hot) the doors will be open most of the time that I am home during the

I am ambivalent about sliding doors because my experience with them
is that they're often sticky, heavy, and otherwise tricky for frequent
use. I don't know if that's because I've only experienced cheap and/or old ones.

I saw hinged patio doors (is that the same as French?) at the Anderson website and thought that might be a decent alternative, though, then, there's the issue of them taking up more space either in or out.

So... thoughts? Any other information that would be useful?

-Sliding glass vs. hinged patio? What should I consider here?

-Are sliders always/often a pain for one reason or the other?

-What else should I be thinking about here?

I'm going to post the four photos in my HOUZZ ideabook that show kitchens/doors in a similar layout to my own future layout

Row House Kitchen and Bath Renovation · More Info

Small Philadelphia Row house Renovation · More Info

kitchen and breakfast room · More Info

kitchen · More Info

Many thanks, Carrie, in south Philadelphia

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