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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 save energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous patio door styles to pick from.

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

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

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn more about the different solutions 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 bigger. It welcomes in plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to totally 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® highlights traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Natick 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 showcases the most popular 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 Natick showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday 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 heating and cooling expenses. 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 smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Natick.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening width of any style of patio door.

These wide panels are not hard to use. They intuitively 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 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 neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from several 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 locations.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® specifications in all 50 states.1

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

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer a broad view of the the scenery.

Since a sliding door runs 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 highlight fine wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Natick. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 have excellent 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 especially energy efficient. It’s also able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to achieve the style you want.

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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver smooth performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit 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 reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Natick 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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