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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 save energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into the center of attention in your home.

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

Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.

Unsure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Plattsburgh can help.

See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Plattsburgh showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to consider all the options. We can build almost any door you’re envisioning.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out 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 bigger. It lets in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a crack or fully—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch 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 clearance to totally 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Plattsburgh can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create 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 incredible value.

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

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

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy costs. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily shifted 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 slide away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose 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 appropriate for cold, wet locations.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Plattsburgh Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to fit 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® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home cozier all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a wide view of the the scenery.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need extra 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 exquisite wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Plattsburgh. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from nearly endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive 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 convenient.

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 are created 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 incorporate premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure smooth use.

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. Bid farewell to 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 earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on heating and cooling costs. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the weather.

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

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 stop by our Plattsburgh 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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