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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 save energy, block outdoor noise and become a focal point in your home.

But taking on a replacement project can feel like an impossible task. There a lot of patio door types to choose from.

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

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

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Petoskey showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to go over all the options. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Learn more about the different solutions Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

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 larger. It welcomes in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a crack or fully—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Wide 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 room to totally open—specifically 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Petoskey can help you define 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 incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are made for your 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 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 delivers many convenient, energy-saving options for the climate in Petoskey.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening space of any model of patio door.

These wide panels are not hard to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together discreetly into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which remain fixed until easily engaged 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 neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from various door styles 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 locations.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Petoskey Showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to start making doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

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

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. 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 offers many innovative and energy-saving options for the weather in Petoskey.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer a wide view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door operates on a track, it doesn’t need more floor space to open. This makes it a great choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight fine wood furniture design.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Petoskey. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose 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 innovative.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors have exceptional 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 durable in extreme heat and cold. And there are versatile design features and options to deliver 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 nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers ensure easy operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These durable doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to 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 bills. It can also keep your home more relaxing no matter the time of year.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some styles, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection has many convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Petoskey.

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 Petoskey 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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