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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, reduce outdoor noise and serve as a focal point in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door types 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 Washington DC can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Washington DC showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can make almost any door you’re envisioning.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can determine how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to let in fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat 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 completely than a single-panel sliding door. A sliding door can only open to one side. It’s also constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Washington DC can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you create 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 incredible value.

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Washington DC showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for real 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 comfortable no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection provides many innovative, energy-saving options for the climate in Washington DC.

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 easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or fold together discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily engaged 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 tidily.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

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

With a thermally broken frame design, these doors are also suitable for cold, wet areas.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Washington DC Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines 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 models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Washington DC.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer a wide view of the your surroundings.

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 showcase exquisite wood furniture design.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Washington DC. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 innovative.

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 are created 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, easy-care vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These durable doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to 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 cozier no matter the time of year.

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

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 drop by our Washington DC 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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