How to Choose the Right Patio Door: French Doors vs. Sliding Patio Doors
The right patio door can add to your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.
It can also help save energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.
But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door types to browse through.
Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.
Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Greenfield can help.
See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Greenfield showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the options. We can create almost any door you’re envisioning.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Learn more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
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 allows in abundant natural light.
You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Big 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 floor space to totally open—especially 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 limited by its frame.
Pella® Architect Series® French Doors
Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Greenfield 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 great value.
Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Greenfield showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for your 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 bills. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.
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 Greenfield.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening space of any kind of patio door.
These expansive panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several types:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed 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 tuck away tidily.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Decide between various door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.
With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also acceptable for cold, wet locations.
Work with design professionals at the Pella of Greenfield Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements in all 50 states.1
Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant all year.
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 climate in Greenfield.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors give a wide view of the the scenery.
Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with minimal space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exquisite wood furniture design.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Greenfield. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in vivid 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 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping for.
Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors
Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver simple performance.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.
These resilient 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 achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the weather.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Greenfield.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our Greenfield showroom.--
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.