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What Everyone Must Know About French Doors

Giving Your Home a French Accent is an Easy Upgrade

While it is widely known that painting inside and/or outside your house is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your home, you might be surprised to learn just how easy it is to switch to French doors giving your home a huge upgrade without having to do major construction. French doors look nice, come in different styles and can virtually enlarge your space, at least visually. They are energy efficient and can be installed surprisingly quickly.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Pardon Our French [Doors]

So, you’ve heard the term before, but what exactly are French doors? Simply put, they are doors that contain mostly glass and because they typically swing out or in (as opposed to sideways) they are sometimes referred to as French windows, which sounds a bit fancier, but they are actually the same thing.

The panes of glass in a French door can be one long single sheet, contain divided glass panes or a combination of the two. French doors can be used as exterior doors as well as the interior. Often these doors are used as patio doors extending the kitchen or dining room to a deck, but they can be used in the entry way too. For that matter, French doors can be placed anywhere in the home where you’d like to connect two rooms together (like an office area next to a living room) but still close the two areas off when desired.

Opening the French Door Discussion

Not only are French doors beautiful and make for a powerful upgrade to any home, they offer a number of other benefits as well. It’s a given that windowed doors can brighten up any room by allowing more natural sunlight to come through, but unlike older single-paned glass versions of French doors, new models (like what you’ll find at Renewal by Andersen) actually improve energy efficiency making the room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. And the 5-point locking system on Renewal by Anderson Frenchwood patio doors offer a higher level of security too.

One of the best things to consider when thinking about adding French doors to your home is whether you’d like the doors to swing out or in. They look great either way, but it’s worth noting how much room they can take up. You’ll need to consider what would be in the way when you are trying to open the doors. For instance, in a dining room, it may be better to have the doors swing out since you won’t want to have to move the dining table every time you open the doors! Another option is to feature a pair of French doors where only one of the doors actually opens. French doors are a great solution for homes built with sliding glass doors that need to be replaced.

Privacy can be a concern as well but is remedied easily by choosing to order doors with tinted windows or adding sheer curtains to them.

Finally, adding French doors to your home could potentially increase the sale value of your home which could easily compensate the expense in purchasing them. Of course, your realtor will know best.

New Doors in Just Four Easy Steps

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! The ordering process is an easy one with Renewal by Anderson.

  1. First, you can set up an in-home consultation meeting where one of our designers will listen to your needs, concerns, and questions and offer the best, cost-effective solution for your home, even if that means purchasing the doors at a later time!
  2. Next, project technicians will measure for accuracy.
  3. Then when the French doors have arrived (about four to six weeks), our installers carefully prep your home for a smooth installation and clean up afterward (including taking away your old doors).
  4. Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to chat with your project manager and check your doors to make sure that they operate just like you expect them to. If not, no sweat. Every purchase from Renewal by Andersen comes with a robust limited warranty.

"We were very pleased with the process. Our windows are beautiful, and we are very happy we made the decision to choose Renewal by Andersen."

Tom | Seattle, WA
November 10

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