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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 accentuate 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 beginning a replacement project can feel overwhelming. 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 right for your home? The professionals at Pella of Owensboro can help.

See our outstanding craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Owensboro showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review all the choices. We can build almost any door you’re picturing.

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

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

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or completely—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Wide panes of glass hold on to the sun’s heat during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more floor space to fully open—particularly 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 restricted by its frame.

Pella® Architect Series® French Doors

Pella® Architect Series® highlights traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Owensboro can help you figure out 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.

Look through the colors, finishes and grille patterns at the Pella of Owensboro showroom. Or create your own doors during your free, in-home consultation.

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

Are French Doors Energy Efficient?

Yes! Many Pella French doors have earned ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on energy costs. And keep your home more comfortable year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are easy to use. They conveniently stack against each other or slip inconspicuously into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several models:

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

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from multiple door types 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 locations.

Get together with design professionals at the Pella of Owensboro Showroom. Or request a free, in-home consultation to start creating doors that work with your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts 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

Selecting an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your utility expenses. And keep your home cozier all year.

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a broad 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 good choice for homes with limited space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

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

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Owensboro. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost unlimited design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And striking hardware in brilliant patinas and other traditional 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 have exceptional 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 exceptionally 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 are made from premium, easy-to-care-for vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy 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 low maintenance vinyl frames that complement your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have achieved 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 time of year.

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 climate in Owensboro.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our Owensboro 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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