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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 add to your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help use less energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. 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 confident of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of Sheridan can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Sheridan showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the possibilities. 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 Doors

French patio doors swing open for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It allows in ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to allow 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 room to completely open—especially for doors that open inward.

They can open wider 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 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 showcases 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 Sheridan showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for your life. Customize them with convenient 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 energy costs. 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 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 broad panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously 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 slide away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

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

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also suitable for cold, wet areas.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Sheridan Showroom. Or book 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 provides energy-efficient options 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 heating and cooling costs. 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 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 additional floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Sheridan. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 innovative.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have exceptional 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 able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to create the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate 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 resilient 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 weather.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many smart and energy-saving options for the climate in Sheridan.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Sheridan 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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