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How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors

How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors

The right patio door can enhance your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help save energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door styles to choose from.

Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.

Not sure of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Terre Haute can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Terre Haute showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to consider all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re envisioning.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors swing open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a crack or completely—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to completely open—especially for doors that open inward.

They can open more fully than a single-panel sliding door. A sliding door can only open to one side. It’s also restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Terre Haute can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series showcases the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Terre Haute showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday life. Customize them with useful integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Terre Haute.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening width of any style of patio door.

These expansive panels are simple to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which fold away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from various door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet areas.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Terre Haute Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility bills. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Terre Haute.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exquisite wood furniture design.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Terre Haute. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in brilliant patinas and other timeless finishes.

Add self-closing InView™ or Rolscreen® retractable screen door options to make your new patio doors more practical.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide exceptional performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

Pella® Impervia® sliding patio doors use Duracast®. This material is the strongest, most durable material available for patio doors.2

This patented fiberglass is especially energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide smooth operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that enhance your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Terre Haute.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Terre Haute showroom.

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1Some Pella products may not meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.
2In testing performed in accordance with ASTM testing standards, Pella's Duracast® has displayed superior performance in strength, ability to withstand extreme heat and cold, and resistance to dents and scratches. Special shape windows are made from a non-Duracast fiberglass composite.

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