I wanted outswing french doors on my new house for just that reason. The builder
discouraged it on the grounds that in his experience they tend to leak more than
in swing doors.
"Tell me what I should do, Annie."
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He is in BC with lots of snow. Haven't heard of any problem opening
it and it opens directly onto the patio. One could also posit a
problem opening it out due to a mudslide, a car parked against it,
etc. I would guess the odds of a being blocked in in case of fire and
snow drifts as about the same as the fire blocking off access to the
door to start with.
IMHO any sliding door with the slider on the outside (and screen on
the inside) was installed by someone who ordered the wrong door,
didn't know better, or didn't care.
In the past I've installed tamper-proof screws for clients who had doors
installed like this and were concerned about how easy it would be for
someone to unscrew the track and take the slider out. Just another
downside to having the slider on the outside, in addition to all the
things that other posters have mentioned.
I'm jumping in here a bit late (date wise) but if the slider is on the
outside an intruder only needs to lift the outside door upward into the
upper track and tilt it outward to remove it from the frame -- even if it is
locked at the center. And with the screen on the inside any flies and bugs
that say on the screen when you open it are swiftly slid directly into the
I just replaced 3 6- foot sliders that had been installed with the
operating door on the outside and screen on the inside and simply lifting
them up to clear the bottom track removed the door. A sill and head jamb
bracket retained the non-op door.
I can answer that. :-)
My Crestline door (granted: interior slider) can not be lifted and
removed. An interior header strip needs to be removed (~ 6 screws) in
order to remove the slider.
Once this header strip is removed, the slider simply tilts into the
2 of the 3 locks would have to be unlocked to accomplish this.
Did one pair when locked because too lazy to go totally around house .
Can't say every brand and don't know year made. These were 2 different
manufacturers however . The houses was there from the mid 80's
We have Andresson Sliding doors. The main track is on the inside for
the glass door. The screen door for bugs has a slider on the outside.
You can open the glass goors without having to touch the bug screen
doors. That is quite nice.
Just MHO but I _hate_ sliders. The worst abortion for closure ever
invented. High maintenance, poor sealing. When I added an 18x30
addition the wife insisted on a slider. I tried to convince her to go
with 'french doors' - no luck. She still cusses her stubborness.
Lates quote I got last year was about $1,500 to replace the Anderson
with a French door.
Were I ever to look at a house with a slider in it, it would have to
be replaced before I would buy.
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