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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 accentuate your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help conserve energy, limit outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are numerous patio door models to pick from.

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

Not sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of North Carolina can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of North Carolina showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or completely—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of North Carolina can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the most wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

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

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have been given ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home cozier 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, energy-saving options for the climate in North Carolina.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These expansive panels are easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

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

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between various door styles 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 North Carolina Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has 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 energy costs. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in North Carolina.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the the outdoors.

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 feature fine wood furniture design.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of North Carolina. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in vivid 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 outstanding 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 want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, low-maintenance vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver simple 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 low maintenance vinyl frames that complement your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart and energy-saving options for the weather in North Carolina.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our North Carolina 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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