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 combined spaces.
It can also help save energy, reduce outdoor noise and serve as the center of attention in your home.
But starting a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door models to choose from.
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 South Burlington can help.
See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of South Burlington showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the possibilities. We can create almost any door you’re picturing.
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 patio doors swing open for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It lets in abundant natural light.
You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to let in refreshing breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.
French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to totally open—particularly for doors that open inward.
They can open wider 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® showcases traditional and contemporary wood collections. Our professionals at Pella of South Burlington 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 offers the most popular designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.
Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of South Burlington showroom. Or make your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.
Lifestyle Series French doors are designed for real life. Customize them with available 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 costs. And keep your home cozier 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 South Burlington.
Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors
Multi-panel doors provide the most light and opening width of any model of patio door.
These broad panels are not hard to use. They conveniently stack against each other or tuck discreetly into a wall pocket.
These patio doors are available in several types:
- Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily shifted on rollers.
- Multi-slide panels, which can 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.
Decide between 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 appropriate for cold, wet areas.
Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of South Burlington Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design inspirations to life.
Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?
Absolutely. Pella has energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements in all 50 states.1
Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your heating and cooling 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 delivers many innovative and energy-saving options for the temperatures in South Burlington.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors offer an extensive 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 ideal for homes with minimal space.
Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors
Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.
Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of South Burlington. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from nearly endless 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 convenient.
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 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 durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to achieve the style you want.
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 almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure simple performance.
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. Bid farewell 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 earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on heating and cooling expenses. It can also keep your home more comfortable no matter the time of year.
Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection offers many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in South Burlington.
Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella
Pella can help you create the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our South Burlington 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.