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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 the center of attention in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. 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.

Unsure of what’s right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Southern Pines can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Southern Pines showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re imagining.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn 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 a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a crack or all the way—to wecome cool 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 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® showcases traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of Southern Pines can help you find 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 popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Southern Pines showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for real life. Customize them with useful 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 bills. 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 provides many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Southern Pines.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put 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 fold away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between multiple door models up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing versions are available.

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

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Southern Pines Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility costs. 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 provides many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Southern Pines.

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 additional floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase fine wood furniture detailing.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Southern Pines. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly limitless 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 practical.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have 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 exceptionally energy efficient. It’s also sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile 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 deliver easy operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These sturdy doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-to-care-for 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 costs. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the weather.

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

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’re envisioning. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Southern Pines 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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