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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 space.

It can also help save energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door styles to browse through.

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

Not sure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Danville can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Danville showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can make almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more floor space to completely open—specifically 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 limited by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Danville 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 offers the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Danville showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real life. Customize them with available 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 utility expenses. And keep your home more comfortable all year long.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Danville.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily moved 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 slide away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

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

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

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home more comfortable all year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Danville.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer a broad view of the the scenery.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need extra floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Danville. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant patinas and other traditional finishes.

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

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

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

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

This patented fiberglass is highly energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to deliver the style you want.

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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance 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 expenses. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Danville.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Danville 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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