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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 add to your view and indoor-outdoor space.

It can also help use less energy, block outdoor noise and turn into a focal point in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There are numerous patio door styles to choose from.

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

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Annapolis can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Annapolis 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?

Learn more about the different options 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 lets in ample natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a crack or completely—to allow refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to 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 clearance to totally 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® highlights traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Annapolis 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 showcases the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday 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 energy costs. And keep your home cozier no matter the season.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain 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 tuck away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from multiple 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 areas.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Annapolis Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas 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 expenses. And keep your home more pleasant all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a wide view of the the outdoors.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need extra floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with not a lot of 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 Annapolis. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in brilliant 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 outstanding 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 variable design features and options to achieve the style you’re hoping for.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors are made from premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide smooth performance.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to 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 achieved ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on utility bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable 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 innovative and energy-saving options for the climate in Annapolis.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors you’re envisioning. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or drop by our Annapolis 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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