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 save energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.
But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There are numerous patio door styles 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 Decatur can help.
See our quality craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Decatur showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can build almost any door you’re envisioning.
Which Patio Door is Best for Me?
Find out more about the different options Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.
French patio doors 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 abundant natural light.
You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass capture the sun’s glow 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 limited by its frame.
Pella® Architect Series® French Doors
Pella® Architect Series® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Decatur can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you develop 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 great value.
Browse colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Decatur showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered 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 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 convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Decatur.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors give the most light and opening area of any model of patio door.
These broad panels are simple to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together out of sight into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several types:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which stay 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 fold away tidily.
Pella® Scenescape™ Doors
Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Choose from several door types 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.
Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Decatur Showroom. Or request 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 offers energy-efficient models that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1
Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility bills. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.
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 Decatur.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors provide a wide view of the the scenery.
Since a sliding door operates 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 style.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Decatur. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 are made with 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 deliver the style you’re hoping 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 ensure simple use.
Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors
Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors fit almost any budget.
These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with easy-care vinyl frames that enhance 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 heating and cooling bills. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the weather.
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 climate in Decatur.
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 visit our Decatur 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.