Wednesday, June 30, 2010

French Doors or Sliding?

The seal on our back sliding door broke somewhere along the line.  It's kind of irritating, because the door always looks like it's dirty now, and since I like to take pictures out the back door, it's particularly frustrating.  Since we're going to have to have the house re-sided, we thought it would be the perfect time to replace the door, too.  Then someone suggested just getting the glass replaced, so we had someone from a glass company come out and give us a quote on what it would cost.  Just to replace the glass on that side of the door would be over $350, and the other side might last 20 years or it might do the same thing in a year or two.  So now we're thinking it would be best to go with a whole new door, and we went to Home Depot to look at some tonight.

Jeffrey was thinking he'd like to maybe go with French doors, and I think they look nice.  I just don't know if that's the way we want to go or not.  I'm not sure I like the idea of having an actual door that needs room to swing open.  A sliding door doesn't take up any extra room.  Also, I like to be able regulate the air flow through the house by how far I open the sliding door.  I'm not sure how that can work with the French doors.  And, I hadn't thought of this, but a lot of times I'm opening the sliding door with my elbow or foot when I'm carrying things out to the deck or back in.  Will I be able to do that with a French door?

It's just hard to decide, so if you have any insights or suggestions I'd love to hear them.  All these decisions we're going to have to make - what kind of shingles and what color, what style and color of siding, etc.  And before that, which contractor we want to do the work.  At least I don't have to worry about spa filters because I think that would just be too much.

1 comment:

  1. Would the french doors have screen doors with them? You like to open the windows and let the fresh air in, which you can do with your sliding door. It's just a thought.


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