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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 use less energy, limit outdoor noise and become a centerpiece in your home.

But beginning a replacement project can feel like a big undertaking. There a lot of patio door types to browse through.

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 Northern Virginia can help.

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

Which Patio Door is Best for Me?

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

French Doors

French patio doors swing open for an unobstructed view of the outdoors. This double-door style can make your room feel brighter and larger. It allows in abundant natural light.

You can choose how wide to open them—just a little bit or fully—to allow fresh breezes during the summer. Big panes of glass capture the sun’s glow during the winter, helping keep your room cozy.

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 more fully 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® features traditional and contemporary wood selections. Our professionals at Pella of Northern Virginia 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.

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

Lifestyle Series French doors are designed 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 energy expenses. And keep your home more pleasant no matter the season.

Dual- and triple-pane glass options are available for some models, as well as InsulShield®. This glass collection delivers many smart, energy-saving options for the climate in Northern Virginia.

Multi-Panel, Multi-Slide and Bifold Patio Doors

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

These broad panels are not hard to use. They smoothly stack against each other or slip out of sight into a wall pocket.

These patio doors are available in several styles:

  • Lift-and-slide panels, which stay put until easily engaged 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 nicely.

Pella® Scenescape™ Doors

Pella® Scenescape™ doors feature fine wood furniture detailing.

Choose from multiple door models 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 climates.

Collaborate with design professionals at the Pella of Northern Virginia Showroom. Or book a free, in-home consultation to start designing doors to fit your home. We’ll help you bring your design ideas to life.

Are Multi-Slide Doors Energy Efficient?

Absolutely. Pella provides energy-efficient options 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 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 provides many convenient and energy-saving options for the weather in Northern Virginia.

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 great choice for homes with minimal space.

Pella® Architect Series® Sliding Doors

Pella® Architect Series® sliding patio doors showcase fine wood furniture detailing.

Think about the possibilities with the professionals at Pella of Northern Virginia. Or during a free, in-home consultation. Choose from virtually limitless 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 convenient.

Pella® Lifestyle Series Sliding Doors

Pella® Lifestyle Series wood sliding patio doors provide excellent 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 versatile design features and options to create the style you want.

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 smooth operation.

Encompass by Pella® Sliding Doors

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

These resilient doors will look good for years. Say goodbye 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 earned ENERGY STAR® status. Energy-efficient sliding doors can help you save more on energy costs. It can also keep your home cozier 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 convenient and energy-saving options for the climate in Northern Virginia.

Bring Your Design Vision to Life with Pella

Pella can help you design the patio doors of your dreams. To begin, schedule an appointment online today. Or visit our Northern Virginia 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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