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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 living area.

It can also help save energy, block outdoor noise and become 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 pick from.

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

Not sure of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of Haverhill can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Haverhill showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to consider all the choices. We can make almost any door you’re envisioning.

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 Doors

French patio doors open all the way for an unimpeded 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 fresh breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass hold on to 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 room to completely open—especially for doors that open inward.

They can open more completely 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 selections. Our professionals at Pella of Haverhill can help you find your style—from traditional colonial to modern farmhouse. Or help you make your own design.

Pella® Lifestyle Series French Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a great value.

See the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Haverhill showroom. Or create 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 more pleasant all year long.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They intuitively stack against each other or fold together inconspicuously 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 tuck away nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Decide between various door styles up to 10 panels wide. Stacking, folding and pocketing applications 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 Haverhill Showroom. Or schedule 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 has energy-efficient styles 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 heating and cooling 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Haverhill.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors give a broad 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 not a lot of space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase exquisite wood furniture design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Haverhill. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from virtually limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning 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 provide 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 especially 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 virtually invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide 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. 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 utility expenses. 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 has many smart and energy-saving options for the climate in Haverhill.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To get started, schedule an appointment online today. Or stop by our Haverhill 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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