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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 enhance your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.

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

But beginning 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 best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Kalamazoo can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Kalamazoo showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can make almost any door you’re picturing.

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 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 more spacious. It allows in ample natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to wecome fresh breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass capture 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 floor space to totally 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Kalamazoo can help you figure out your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for everyday 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 energy costs. And keep your home cozier all year long.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Kalamazoo.

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 wide panels are easy to use. They smoothly stack against each other or tuck inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily moved 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 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 functions are available.

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

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Kalamazoo Showroom. Or book 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 models 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 utility costs. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door runs on a track, it doesn’t need more 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 highlight exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Kalamazoo. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from virtually unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And attractive hardware in rich patinas and other classic 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 excellent 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 able to take on 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, easy-care vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. There’s no need for painting with easy-care vinyl frames that match 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 expenses. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the time of year.

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 climate in Kalamazoo.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you make the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Kalamazoo 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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