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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 use less energy, reduce outdoor noise and turn into the center of attention in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of patio door types to choose from.

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 Westerly can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Westerly showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re envisioning.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or completely—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to totally open—particularly 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Westerly can help you figure out 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 wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

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

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on utility costs. And keep your home more comfortable no matter the season.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are simple to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily engaged on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the ability 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.

Select from several door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions are available.

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

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Westerly Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit 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 energy bills. 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 provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Westerly.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the the outdoors.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exceptional wood furniture style.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Westerly. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant patinas and other classic finishes.

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors offer outstanding performance options.

Pella® Impervia® Sliding Doors

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

This patented fiberglass is especially energy efficient. It’s also able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to create 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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure easy performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These durable doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-care vinyl frames that match your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many smart and energy-saving options for the weather in Westerly.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Westerly 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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