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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 use less energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of patio door types to pick from.

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

Unsure of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of St. Paul can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of St. Paul showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to go over 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 an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass hold on to the sun’s glow 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—specifically for doors that open inward.

They can open more fully 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 options. Our professionals at Pella of St. Paul 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 desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real life. Customize them with convenient integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on utility bills. And keep your home cozier year-round.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in St. Paul.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening area of any model of patio door.

These wide panels are not hard to use. They smoothly 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 shifted on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the capability 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 various 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 areas.

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

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

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 temperatures in St. Paul.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature fine wood furniture style.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of St. Paul. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 practical.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also able to take on extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to deliver the style you’re looking for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate 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 provide simple use.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-care 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 energy bills. It can also keep your home cozier no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart and energy-saving options for the temperatures in St. Paul.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our St. Paul 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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