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Sliding Doors vs. Hinged Doors: Which are Best for Your Home?

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to decide what type of doors would be most suited for your home, and it’s not always easy to know ahead of time what will be the best option. You want your door investment to be the right one, which is why it’s important to compare all options out there. 

Two extremely popular choices for door options are sliding doors and hinged doors, and they both offer their own characteristics. Which one is right for you is dependent on your own needs and the design features you’re looking for. 

Below are some key questions to explore when deciding whether sliding doors or hinged doors are better for you.

How Much Space Do You Have? 

One of the biggest differences between sliding doors and hinged doors is the amount of space needed for each. A hinged door is going to need the right amount of space to enable the doors to open and close. This can also affect the furniture items you can place near the door if it needs room to swing back or open fully. 

Sliding doors, on the other hand, require no space at all to open and close, which means they can be the best choice if you’re looking for space-saving solutions or have a small home space. Particularly for doors between rooms, sliding doors can be great for space-saving compared to hinged doors. 

Do You Have a Pet?

If you’re trying to decide on the perfect exterior door, you may also be thinking about your beloved family pet. The benefits of automatic sliding doors mean that your pet can more easily move in and out if you invest in a sensor key for them. This is a plus for those households which want to give their pets more independence in roaming freely. 

In addition, this is great if you’re looking for more control over which rooms your pet is allowed to enter and when. 

Do You Have any Automation Requirements?

The right door may also depend on how much physical movement you’re able to perform. For those people who struggle with mobility or who are in a wheelchair, Autoslide automatic sliding doors can be a game-changer for your home environment, meaning you don’t have to worry about reaching or pulling manual hinged doors open yourself.

Alternatively, you may have difficulty with your hands which would make manual door handles a problem, and this means that automated doors (whether hinged or sliding) can be a boon for those who aren’t able to grip door handles. 

What Kind of Visibility are You Looking for?

Hinged doors have the ability to open wide and fully. Depending on the style of sliding door you have, it may be that some designs can slide over and across another panel — but this may mean that part of the door lacks visibility. With glass doors, this may not be so much of an issue, but for dense material like wood, hinged doors may be preferable if you want full access when pulling the doors back. 

There are both pros and cons to sliding doors and hinged doors, and it really depends on the space you have, your needs, and your budget. If you’d like to talk about making your sliding doors automated for easier accessibility, feel free to contact the team at EVO.