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 living area.
It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as a centerpiece in your home.
But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There are many patio door models to choose 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 Sheridan can help.
See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Sheridan showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to review all the choices. We can make almost any door you’re picturing.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Find out more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
French patio doors swing open all the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It welcomes in ample natural light.
You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to allow cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass catch the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to fully open—especially 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 Sheridan 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 showcases the most desired 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 Sheridan showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your 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 energy costs. And 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 innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Sheridan.
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 not hard 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 remain fixed until easily shifted 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 fold away nicely.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Decide between multiple door types up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.
With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also suitable for cold, wet locations.
Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Sheridan Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to match 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® requirements in all 50 states.1
Choosing 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 product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Sheridan.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors provide an extensive view of the your surroundings.
Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need extra 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 exceptional wood furniture style.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Sheridan. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in brilliant 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 have excellent 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.
Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors
Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, low-maintenance vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver simple performance.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit almost any budget.
These durable doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that match 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 utility expenses. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Sheridan.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Sheridan 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.