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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 combined spaces.

It can also help save energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into a centerpiece in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door styles to pick 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 Winston-Salem can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

Find out 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 more spacious. It lets in abundant natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to let in cool breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s heat 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—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® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Winston-Salem 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 highlights the most desired designs, features and performance options for wood patio doors. All at a fantastic value.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are engineered for everyday 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 energy bills. And keep your home more pleasant year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These expansive panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or fold together discreetly 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 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.

Decide between various door types 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.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Winston-Salem Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design concepts to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella offers energy-efficient styles that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Going with an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy costs. And keep your home more comfortable 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the temperatures in Winston-Salem.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors provide a broad view of the the outdoors.

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors feature exquisite wood furniture style.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Winston-Salem. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Pick from almost limitless design options, including custom sizes and grille patterns. And stunning hardware in vivid patinas and other classic 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 outstanding 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 sturdy in extreme heat and cold. And there are variable design features and options to create the style you’re looking 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 almost invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers provide easy operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These durable doors will look good for years. Say goodbye to painting with easy-care 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 relaxing no matter the weather.

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 weather in Winston-Salem.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you create the patio doors you’ve always wanted. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Winston-Salem 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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