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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 add to your view and indoor-outdoor combined spaces.

It can also help save energy, limit outdoor noise and serve as 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 styles to browse through.

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

Not confident of what’s best for your home? The professionals at Pella of South Portland can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out more about the different choices Pella offers. Customization, energy efficiency and style—it’s all here.

French Doors

French patio doors open all the way for a clear view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and more spacious. It lets in abundant natural light.

You can determine how wide to open them—just a little bit or all the way—to wecome cool breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass catch the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room comfortable.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance to fully open—especially 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 constricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of South Portland 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 highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a incredible value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for your life. Customize them with available integrated blinds, shades or security sensors.

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have been given ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on heating and cooling bills. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

Multi-panel doors offer the most light and opening area of any style of patio door.

These expansive panels are simple to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay fixed until easily shifted 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 nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from various door types 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 areas.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of South Portland Showroom. Or request 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 offers 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 expenses. 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 delivers many convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in South Portland.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors offer an extensive view of the your surroundings.

Since a sliding door moves on a track, it doesn’t need additional 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 design.

Consider the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of South Portland. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Select from nearly limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking 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 offer 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are flexible design features and options to deliver the style you want.

Pella® 350 Series Sliding Doors

Pella® 350 Series sliding patio doors incorporate premium, low-maintenance vinyl.

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

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

Encompass by Pella® vinyl sliding glass doors are a match for almost any budget.

These sturdy doors will look good for years. Bid farewell to painting with low maintenance 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 cozier 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 weather in South Portland.

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 South Portland 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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