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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 serve as a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of 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 best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Bloomington, IN can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Bloomington, IN showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Big 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 clearance 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

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

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Bloomington, IN showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for everyday life. Customize them with useful 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 bills. And keep your home more pleasant all year long.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Bloomington, IN.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

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

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • 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 tuck away tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from several 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 locations.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Bloomington, IN Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start making 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 styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® specifications in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility 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 smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Bloomington, IN.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give an extensive view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Bloomington, IN. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in vivid patinas and other classic 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 excellent 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to create the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate 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 ensure easy use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-care 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 energy bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the weather.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Bloomington, IN.

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 visit our Bloomington, IN 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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