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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 use less energy, limit outdoor noise and turn into the center of attention in your home.

But starting a replacement project can feel overwhelming. There a lot of patio door models to choose from.

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

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

See our excellent craftsmanship up close at our Pella of Davenport showroom. Or schedule a free, in-home consultation to review 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 bigger. It lets in plenty of natural light.

You can decide how wide to open them—just barely or completely—to wecome refreshing breezes during the summer. Large panes of glass catch the sun’s warmth during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

French-style doors open inward or outward, depending on the model. They need more clearance 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® features traditional and contemporary wood options. Our professionals at Pella of Davenport 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 popular 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 Davenport showroom. Or make 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 received ENERGY STAR® certification. Energy-efficient patio doors can help you save more on heating and cooling bills. And keep your home cozier year-round.

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

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

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

These patio doors are available in several types:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily moved on rollers.
  • Multi-slide panels, which have the capability to open to one side or in the middle.
  • Folding glass doors or bifold patio doors, which tuck away neatly.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Select from several door models 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 climates.

Work with design professionals at the Pella of Davenport 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® requirements in all 50 states.1

Choosing an energy-efficient patio door can help you save more on your energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant 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 temperatures in Davenport.

Sliding Glass Doors

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

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

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors highlight exquisite wood furniture detailing.

Go over the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Davenport. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from almost unlimited 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 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 able to take on 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 use premium, easy-care vinyl.

Thanks to SmoothSeam™ technology, the interior corners on these doors are nearly invisible. And extra-durable tandem nylon rollers deliver easy operation.

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 easy-to-care-for vinyl frames that enhance your home.

Are Sliding Glass Doors Energy Efficient?

Definitely. Many of Pella’s sliding glass doors have reached ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on heating and cooling 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 Davenport.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment online today. Or stop by our Davenport 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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