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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 combined spaces.

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

But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door styles to browse through.

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 Springfield can help.

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

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 unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It allows in ample natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s heat 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—particularly for doors that open inward.

They can open more completely 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Springfield 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 showcases the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Springfield showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made 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 expenses. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening space of any kind of patio door.

These wide panels are easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or tuck out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

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

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from multiple door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

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

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Springfield Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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

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 extra 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 showcase exquisite wood furniture design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Springfield. 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 traditional 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 are made 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 durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping 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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure easy operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. There’s no need for 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 relaxing no matter the time of year.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Springfield 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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