Sliding vs hinged uPVC patio doors

So, which does the panel prefer?
Based on cost and reliability; anything else?
Thanks David
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Lobster wrote:

I prefer hinged, because sliding doors in different uk climates becomes a bind due to slight warpage causing the door to stick.
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My Mrs keeps on going on about hinded "French" style doors. My concerns are:
If it's at all windy, how go you stop them blowing about other than by having them fully open and tied to stops? Quite often we just want to "crack" the patio door to let a bit of fresh air in, not quite so easy with hinge!
Still interested to hear other users' comments
Phil
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I have two tilt and slide doors on the rear south face of my house. One is Rehau which allows the door to be locked in the tilt position - the other is a Nova (Manchester) made unit, with internal and external locking and handles but only 'kind of' allows locking in the tilt position..
The Rehau units are better quality in my opinion.
Ideally, if doing it again, I would see if Rehau do tilt and slide doors, with internal and external handles and locking, AND able to be locked in the tilt position.
Why is this my preference. There is significant opportunist crime, where people leave doors and windows open during hot weather. With the lockable tilt and slide, you can get the ventilation, without the concern of leaving the door unattended. My friends house was recently robbed, via an rear door, whilst the family were about the house, indeed the young son saw the chap enter the house and was on his way towards the house to raise the alarm when confronted by the departing thief (with wallet and mobile phone). Having internal and external access to the locking mechanism, means you can lock the door in the tilted position, whilst out in the garden.
Paul R

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Lobster wrote:

I prefer hinged on the basis that it allows a greater 'openable area'.
Also, given our patio doors take the function of our 'back door' I'm of the impression that a hinged door is easier to (regularly) open/close than a sliding type... although perhaps I've only ever experienced sliding doors with dodgy runners!
Mathew
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