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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, reduce outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. 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 sure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Minneapolis can help.

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Minneapolis showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to consider all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.

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 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 ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or fully—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass catch the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more floor space to completely 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 limited by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Minneapolis can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make 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 Minneapolis showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your life. Customize them with convenient 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 comfortable no matter the season.

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 Minneapolis.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip 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 tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select 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 areas.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Minneapolis Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy costs. 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Minneapolis.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need additional floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exquisite wood furniture style.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Minneapolis. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive 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 exceptional 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver 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 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. Say goodbye to painting with easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that enhance your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy costs. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or visit our Minneapolis 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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