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 conserve energy, block outdoor noise and turn into a focal point in your home.
But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous patio door models to browse through.
Exterior French doors. Sliding glass patio doors. Multi-slide doors. Folding patio doors. Bifold doors.
Unsure of what’s ideal for your home? The professionals at Pella of West Springfield can help.
See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of West Springfield showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to consider all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re imagining.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Find out more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
French patio doors swing 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 a crack or fully—to let in fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room pleasant.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more room to fully open—especially 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® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of West Springfield can help you define your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop your own design.
Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors
Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the most wanted 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 West Springfield showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are made for real life. Customize them with available 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 heating and cooling expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in West 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 expansive panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several styles:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily engaged 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 tidily.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Decide between various door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing functions 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 West Springfield Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start making doors to match your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® specifications 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 product lines, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in West 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 more floor space to open. This makes it a good choice for homes with limited space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exquisite wood furniture detailing.
Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of West Springfield. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost endless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in rich 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 provide 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 highly energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver the style you’re looking for.
Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors
Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors use premium, low-maintenance vinyl.
Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy performance.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.
These sturdy doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with low maintenance 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 utility bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the season.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in West Springfield.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our West Springfield 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.