Skip to Content
Blog
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 space.

It can also help conserve energy, block outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

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

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 Shrewsbury can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and bigger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to completely open—specifically 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 collections. Our professionals at Pella of Shrewsbury can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights 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 Shrewsbury showroom. Or design your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your life. Customize them with available 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 utility expenses. 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 delivers many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Shrewsbury.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These wide panels are not hard to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily moved 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 tuck away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

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

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

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Shrewsbury 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 offers energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy bills. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer 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 a great choice for homes with not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exceptional wood furniture detailing.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Shrewsbury. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from virtually endless 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 convenient.

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 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 able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to create the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver smooth operation.

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 reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy expenses. 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 offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Shrewsbury.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Shrewsbury 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.

Back to Blog