French or Patio Doors may be at or near the top of the list for many home owners, the ability to actually do so is sometimes much more difficult than originally anticipated. This is not any easy task to tackle yourself and it is highly recommended to avoid trying to go to the box stores to purchase a pre made door unit that you would install yourself. -French & Patio Doors

The improvement from getting those heavy, pesky sliding glass doors out and replacing them with French or Patio doors is one of the best things that you could do for your home and here are 4 reasons why.

1. Safety – Hinged, swinging Patio or French Doors are a big time safety improvement from sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors are on tracks and rollers and can easily be pryed or popped from the outside by a burgler with common tools. The majority of homes that are broken into that are not broken into by the front door, take place when the bad guys pop the sliders out of the tracks and remove the entire panel, gaining access to the home.

French doors that swing out can’t be kicked in or pryed open. The hinges are exposed but are non-removable pin so that someone can’t pop them from the outside. The door also locks with a steel rod at the top and bottom and also gets a deadbolt that latches from the primary door to the stationary door, giving the door a locking mechanism at three points. You can also add a multi point locking system in which the locking system engages at three points automatically when you pull up on the handle.

Sliding glass doors have weak locking mechanisms in most cases as well. The simple push up and down from “locked” to “open” just does not compare to the security that the French Doors add.

The glass is also thicker on french and patio doors in almost any case. We offers only 1″ – 1 3/4″ thick, double or triple paned, low E door glass in the French and Patio Doors, while most sliding glass doors have between 1/4″ – 5/8″ thick glass.

2. Function – This is easily a good enough reason by itself to make the change and retro fit the doors. If you have a 6′ sliding glass door, you can only get a maximum of 3′ open, while the same width unit in a french door would allow you to open both doors fully to gain nearly the entire 6′ of open space for moving large items in and out. If you have smaller sliding glass doors, such as 5′ wide, the problem can be even worse.

Half of the argument regarding function is the width change increase and the other is the ease of daily use. Sliding glass doors can be very heavy and they function on rollers that often wear out quickly due to weight being forced on them. Combine that with debris getting in the tracks and you may be straining just to open and close them. That gets old fast.

“We are getting older now and we are retired so we are home all the time and love to go out to our patio and back yard but the sliding glass doors were getting so hard to open and close that we could barely operate them, “said Jerry McCrone of Ocala, Fl. “We had 4 large sets that were 12′ wide and 8′ tall and we could not find anyone to replace them with french doors but then we found Heckard’s Door and they handled it no problem and now we have no problem with our doors. We love them.”

3. Appearance – Another reason that could stand on it’s own for retro fitting sliding glass doors with French Doors. Check out a few before and after pics of some patio doors and see for yourself. Sliding glass doors are often times ratty and dreadful to look at. The old aluminum is either mill finish or dark brown or white and never matches anything. Meanwhile you can customize your French Doors to look just like you want and they can easily be the centerpiece of the room.

Looks are different and vary for each home and home owner, but for the majority, French or Patio Doors are much more visably pleasing than the sliders.

Most things that we buy for the home are for looks and this one can also improve the looks and also hit several other key factors. Nice

4. Energy Efficiency – One of the biggest no brainers is to do the replacement because of the gain on energy savings with the French Doors. In the past, this was up for debate, but not anymore. Today’s French Doors are made of High Performance Fiberglass with glass that is Low E, at least 1″ thick and at least double paned. The U-Factor or solar hear transmission of the French Doors with Low E glass is nearly 4 times better than an average sliding glass door unit.

On top of the solar transmission from the glass and the Fibeglass Door, the hinged, swinging door seals better. French Doors have weatherstrip that tightly seals from outside air and water, while sliding glass doors are often just metal on metal.

Dairy Policy

Since coming to Congress, John Sweeney has been an outspoken advocate for small, dairy farmers, such as those in NY-20. John Sweeney fought to include New York State in the now-defunct Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact. The compact allows farmers in the 6 New England States to receive a higher minimum price for milk than the current federal minimum farm price in the region to enable small family farms to generate more income. The compact expired in 2001, before NYS was given the chance to enter. In the 2002 Farm Bill, a new program emerged called the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC). This program provides direct payments to dairy farmers when the price of milk drops below a certain level. Small dairy operations, like those in Upstate NY, rely heavily on MILC to help them compete with larger operations in the West. Originally, this program expired in 2005, but Sweeney fought to extend it through 2007, which coincides with most other agriculture programs.


Abundant, affordable energy is the lifeblood of our economy and our standard of living.  Because of energy’s importance in our lives, the ability to produce it safely and securely within our borders is critical.  Currently, we are heavily reliant on foreign energy resources from unstable regions of the world, particularly the Persian Gulf.  Recent events, including the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have demonstrated how critical a sound energy policy is to our national security.


A strong economy is also critical to our families and our livelihood. Congressman John Sweeney has worked to improve the economic environment through lower taxes, less government regulation and increased opportunity to expand companies in the free market. Three of the fastest growing counties in New York State are in the 20th Congressional District – Saratoga, Warren and Dutchess Counties. Not many other areas of upstate NY have seen this. John Sweeney attributes this growth to his commitment to local projects that have direct impact on local employers.