When installing French patio doors, you have several important decisions to make. Among them is whether or not to install the doors to outswing or inswing. In many instances, the decision is a style preference. However, the design of your home can also be a factor. To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of the outswing and inswing style.
When you install the doors to outswing, they open up to the outside. If you live in a particularly windy area or an area which experiences a lot of hurricane activity, this might be the best option. Outswing installations tend to resist high winds better. Outswing doors are also a good security option since the hinges and pins are non-removable.
If you have limited spacing outdoors, an outswing door installation can be a problem. If your doors open to a deck, this could limit the amount of space you have to navigate in and out through the doors. Another possible disadvantage to the outswing installation is that it could be difficult to find doors that are designed for it. Inswing doors are more common, which could mean you need custom French outswing doors. As a result, this could be a pricier option.
An inswing installation would allow for the doors to open up to the interior of your home. If security is a concern, the inswing installation is a solid choice. The hinges and removable pins for the door are inside and out of the reach of burglars when correctly installed. You also do not have to worry about going the custom route for your doors since they are more widely available. There is also a wide selection of doors from which you can choose.
There are some disadvantages to the inswing installation though. Water can get into your home if the weatherstripping is not in good condition. To combat this issue, you need to periodically check and replace the stripping. Another problem with the inswing installation is that during rain and snow with high winds, you could have those elements driven into your home when you open the doors.
To determine the best option for your home, talk to a dealer before making a final decision. If you are working with a contractor, he or she can assess your home's design and needs and help you make the right door installation and style decision. For more information, visit Fas Windows and Doors.