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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 enhance your view and indoor-outdoor living area.

It can also help use less energy, reduce outdoor noise and become the center of attention in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are many patio door styles to choose from.

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

Not sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Providence can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Providence showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to review all the choices. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a crack or all the way—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture 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 fully open—specifically 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Providence can help you find 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 wanted designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Providence 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 year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.

These broad panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily engaged on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which can 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.

Select from various door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications are available.

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also appropriate for cold, wet climates.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Providence Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient models 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 costs. And keep your home more pleasant all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it ideal for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exceptional wood furniture design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Providence. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from virtually endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich patinas and other timeless 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 outstanding 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 durable 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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide 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-to-care-for vinyl frames that complement 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 bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the weather.

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

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 drop by our Providence 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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